2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

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For today's prompt, write an optional poem. And no, that does not mean that writing a poem is optional today--I know a few of you were thinking it. No, no, no. No, I'm thinking of how some things in life are completely optional; in fact, most things are. So you have options for today's poem--maybe too many--but can one ever have too many options?


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Here's my attempt at an Optional poem:


He asks, What are my options? I say, You don't want
to know. Give it to me straight, he says. I can take

whatever you got. I ain't got anything you
can take, I say. He says, Level with me, brother.

I'm not your brother, I say. But here you go. Yeah,
he says. You're going to die, I say. He staggers

back and asks, When? Someday, I say. It will happen.
And probably when I least expect it, he says.

The circumstances are not so clear, I say, but
they never are, are they? No, never, he mumbles.


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.


He has plenty of options, and he prefers spending his mornings writing poems. And eating breakfast, because it's the most important meal of the day.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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