2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

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Today marks three weeks into the challenge! If you're still on board, great job! Let's kick this month's butt as we move into the single digits for days left in this challenge.

For today's prompt, we're dealing with our third "Two for Tuesday" prompt(s):

  1. Write a "what you are" poem, or...
  2. Write a "what you are not" poem.

For instance, you may be a teacher, a student, brave, scared, a person, an animal, a plant, and well, wherever this one takes you. Or not, of course.

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Here's my attempt at a "What You Are" and/or "What You Are Not" Poem:

"for you"

i am the moment you forget
to re-set the alarm; the thought--

fleeting--of maybe and then yes,
let's; the two hands that make the mess

& clean it; the eyes that always
make eyes; the mouth that always says

what needs said without making noise;
your man in an ocean of boys.

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Today's guest judge is...

J.P. Dancing Bear

J.P. Dancing Bear

J. P. Dancing Bear

J. P. Dancing Bear is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station KKUP and available as podcasts.

He is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, his latest book is Love is a Burning Building (FutureCycle Press, 2014), his fourteenth collection, Cephalopodic, will be published by Glass Lyre in 2015. His work has appeared or will shortly in American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, the Cimmaron Review, and elsewhere.

Learn more at Bear's website.

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