2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

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Wow! Once we finish today's prompt/poem, we'll be a week into the challenge. Excellent! If you missed it earlier or need a refresher, click here to check out the April PAD Challenge guidelines.

For today's prompt, write a self-portrait poem. Pretty straightforward, right? That doesn't mean there's not a lot of room for creativity. Just look at artists and their self-portraits; there's a lot of differences in the self-portraits of Kahlo, Schiele, Dali, Van Gogh, and others--and not just because the artists look different themselves.


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Here's my attempt at a Self-Portrait poem:


i'm not here for your brain
or money but your heart
i admit i'm confused
even more than you are

i stare into mirrors
for hours and feel even
more detached than before
i found my reflection

often i feel i look
out too much to see in
and what i find either
way is much too foreign

so i've come for your heart
not your money or brain
i want to feel human
for once and once again


Today's guest judge is...

January Gill O'Neil

January Gill O'Neil

January Gill O'Neil

January is the author ofUnderlife (CavanKerry Press, December 2009), and a forthcoming collection, Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, fall 2014).

She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.

January blogs at Poet Mom.


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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He actually included a poem titled "self portrait" in his debut collection. Learn more about him here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.


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