2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

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I hope everyone's having a good experience with this year's challenge. I've been pleasantly surprised with many of the poems I've written--and excited by many of the poems I've read by others (and I've read a lot). I'm hopeful that I've made some good progress on a chapbook manuscript myself this time around.

For today's prompt, write a poem that responds to a statement. You can use any statement, quote, etc., that you wish, but I've included a few to make it easier. That said, feel free to find and use a different statement for your poem.

Here are some quotes:

  • "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
  • "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West
  • "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." - Leonardo da Vinci
  • "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." - Virginia Woolf
  • "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

Here's my attempt at a Respond to a Statement poem:

"Amelia Island"

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." - Virginia Woolf

She woke with the sound of steam,
hijacked a plane,
and was never seen again.


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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 a long-time fan of aviation history (maybe because he was born in Dayton, Ohio, also known as Wright Brothers territory). He thinks Amelia Earhart is one of the most fascinating women in history. Robert is the author of Solving the World's Problems, and he's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little aviators (four boys and a flying princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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