2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

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Wow! We've made it a week into the challenge now. Let's keep the momentum going.

For today's prompt, write a hardship poem. The hardship could be moving forward after a tragic loss, having to work through a difficult problem, or even just showing up to work. It can be serious, funny, or complicated.

Here's my attempt at a hardship poem:


Be a man. Man up. Take it like a man,
but when does it become too much to take?

"I'll kill you," he said, but still many say
the victim should shoulder some of the blame.

In grade school, I kicked a boy's butt who tried
to bully my brother, but fell silent

when a kid punched me in the arm all through
sixth grade. Is it an eye for an eye, or

turn the other cheek? He said, "I'll kill you,"
and still he's at fault for being bullied,

like how I felt at fault for being "loved"
as a child. But victims don't ask for it;

we never do.


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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 no stranger to bullies and those who force their will upon others. He knows how easy it is for some people to say, "speak out," but he also knows how hard it is to do so, whether you're a little girl or grown man. Robert is the author of Solving the World's Problems and a former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere! 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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