2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10 - Writer's Digest

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

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Today is a Tuesday, which means it's a Two-for-Tuesday prompt day.

For today’s prompt, here are your two options:

  1. Write a Technology Poem.
  2. Write an Anti-Technology Poem.

So it's pretty simple: Write a poem that involves technology or fights against it.


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Here’s my attempt at a Technology and/or Anti-Technology poem:

“That One Boy”

“You've made a mistake,” said a voice. “And now you will have
to pay in blood." All four teens jumped toward and into the house
in unison as the voice was promptly followed by a mechanical
laugh, "Ha-ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha. Your souls will be mine for eternity."

"Look," said Eddie pointing. "It's just a motion-activated Halloween
prop, you bunch of chickens." "You jumped too," said Barbara, who
immediately went silent, because a light flickered on directly above
them. They all pressed hard against the side of the house and didn't

dare move a muscle. Above, they heard two voices muted by the old
window. "I'm telling you, I heard a voice," said someone who sounded
like a wicked old witch. "Yeah, you heard a voice," said a gruffer person,

"that durned anima-whose-it you got out there keeps going off every
time an animal walks past it." "Well," said the witch, "we need an alarm."
"For what? No one ever comes out here anyway...except that one boy."


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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