2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

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For today's prompt, take the phrase "Keep This (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: "Keep This a Secret," "Keep This Letter," "Keep This Moment," or "Keep This Poem."


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Here's my attempt at a Keep This Blank poem:

"Keep This Number"

And pull it out when you're lonely
memorize it if you're good
at losing things
like numbers
and slips of paper
so that you can pull it out
of the bank of your memory deposits
when the time is most opportune
which may be tomorrow
or the next day
or the next day
or the day after that
or some day in the far off future
a date perhaps that even matches
this number I've provided you with.


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 a few lucky numbers, though none have ever helped him win the lottery. So they're lucky numbers, sure, but also kinda worthless in a monetary sense (or cents).

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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