2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

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For today's prompt, write an explanatory poem. Back when I took dozens of creative writing courses in college, the mantra was, "Show, don't tell." Well, today's prompt is sort of different--in a way--in that it's a tell poem, or explaining poem, though how and what you explain may vary a great deal.


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Here's my attempt at an Explanatory poem:

"I'm not sure how I got here"

I mean, it started with an arcade game over
before picking up Tetris on my Game Boy,

which I played under cover of my blanket fort
wondering about Thor (new and old versions)

and numbers. Now or later, I will dream about
being blinded by the moon and bomb cyclones.

Ultraman doesn't have these kind of troubles,
or maybe he does--I don't know. The point is

that I think I've been here before in this car--
the back seat--fighting with my siblings, even

though we had the "no fighting" option at our
disposal, and we'd fight over everything,

especially who would be the leader, though
we were always followers--in the back seat--

with our "holey" pants, and speaking of who
set the house on fire, you sure look nice today.


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 often has no idea what he's going to write for these prompts before he writes it. And it often shows. And that's all right. And it's fun.

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