2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

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I'm not sure how November always gets away from me so fast. Maybe it's the beginning of the Market Book cycle; maybe it's this challenge; but November often seems to be nearly over before I get my bearings on the month.

For today's prompt, write an excuse poem. People are full of excuses--I'm no different--and sometimes they're valid; other times, not so much. Write a poem about making excuses, listening to excuses, or hey, maybe excuse someone for making them.

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Here's my attempt at an Excuse poem:

"out"

i used the last one an hour ago
on my homework that did not
materialize when i had hoped

it would and now here you are
asking me where i was when
you waited all night & avoided

dancing with the guys who
asked & there were many
because you were saving

your dancing feet for me &
me alone & i know i've used
them so often in the past

but i've completely run dry

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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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He knows all about excuses from first-hand experience and realizes they're often lacking. His five little poets often remind him that excuses are not the same as making good choices and performing the right actions.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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