2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

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We've only got a week of November left. Let's roll up our sleeves and make the most of it.

For today's prompt, write an "I shouldn't be here" poem. You can decide where you shouldn't be: maybe it's a place, maybe it's a time, or maybe (just maybe) it's a state of mind. Shake yourself loose in a poem.

Here's my attempt at an "I shouldn't be here" poem:

"Dearborn Heights"

I didn't know you,
and you didn't know me.

It was late,
and I needed help.

Maybe I picked the wrong
neighborhood to have

an accident,
and maybe you had

an accident,
but I shouldn't be here;

I shouldn't be here,
but here I am.

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Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community and still gets upset over unarmed people being killed, especially after a car accident. Of course, all the details probably aren't out there, but this poem is from the perspective of Renisha McBride who was shot and killed while asking for help after an early morning car wreck (read about it here). Robert is the author of Solving the World's Problems. He's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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