2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

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Time to start another poem-a-day challenge. Let's get this party started! Let’s poem!

For today’s prompt, write a day after poem. For instance, today is the day after Halloween in our house, but the poem could be the day after any event. Maybe it's the day after a wonderful event, or it could be the day after a horrible event. I hope to see you the day after writing today's poem.


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Here’s my attempt at a Day After poem:


It was the day after Jesse Wilcox went missing
that school was cancelled. The parents were worried
and whispering. The news crews came with cameras
rolling. The kids watched their TV sets and sent text

messages to each other. Barbara Bane heard this,
Eddie Click saw that. Marcus Church and Walt Waters
started a Google Hangout to hash it all out. Jesse
was a friend, kinda. At least, they knew who he was

before he started driving them all insane with his
Mustang. And then, he went missing. Last seen
at a drive thru two towns over. He was wearing
sunglasses at night, which was extra bizarre,

because he didn't even wear shades in the day.
But then again, Jesse was always a little strange.


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 and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.


This is his eighth year of hosting and participating in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. He can’t wait to see what everyone creates this month–not only on a day-by-day basis, but when the chapbooks start arriving in December and January. Fun, fun, fun.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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