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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For those of you living in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you living outside the States, Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for everyone who's been poeming along this month, whether in the comments below or silently at home (I see you standing over there in the corner). Thank you!

For today's prompt, write a bird poem. Pick a bird, any bird, and write a poem about it. Or just write a poem that happens to have a bird somewhere in it. Or, well, you know the drill by now--use your imagination!

Here's my attempt at a Bird Poem:

"Phoenix"

The thing about a balloon
is that it doesn't last. No

matter how much joy it brings
there's the inevitable

pop, or slow letting loose of
helium, or that moment

when it breaks free of its string
and lifts away like magic.

But then, it returns, a new
balloon. Once blue, now it's red

or yellow--the color not
as important as that quick

rush of feeling, forgetting
what is inevitable.

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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 author of Solving the World's Problems. He edits the Poet's Market book, writes a poetry column for Writer's Digest magazine, and speaks around the country on publishing and poetry-related topics. 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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