2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

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Wow! Is it really time for another poem-a-day challenge? Feels like we just finished up April. Well, all I've got to say is...bring it on! Let's poem!

For today's prompt, write a game over poem. Our family spent a couple months putting together a haunted house in our garage for Halloween, and now that the holiday passed, I've got a bit of that game over feeling. People who play video games know about game over. And people who play other games, whether baseball, Monopoly, or poker. There's a moment in every game at which it is game over--except maybe Minecraft, which may be why it's so popular for so many.

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Here's my attempt at a Game Over poem:

"Game Over"

He read the screen, hung his head, and departed
the arcade feeling defeated and buyer's remorse
because those were his final quarters. But then,

he remembered what the screen asked after
informing him the game was over. It requested,
"Play again?" And darn it, he thought, if I won't

play again. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow,
but I'll be back, and I'll be better than ever. I'll play
until the game doesn't end, or if it does, it will

have to say, "You win! You win! You freaking win!"

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

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This is his seventh year of hosting and participating in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. He can't wait to see what everyone creates this month--not only on a day-by-day basis, but when the chapbooks start arriving in December and January. Fun, fun, fun.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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