2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

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For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: relent, horrendous, artifact, lagoon, wobble, and plunder.

If you want extra credit (and who doesn't), try using all six!


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Here’s my attempt at a Six Words poem:

“Permission Granted”

I always felt for the creature from the black lagoon
who's attention always seemed to spell certain doom,
because he was a creature completely misunderstood
trying to protect his Amazonian neighborhood.

The things he did, of course, were very horrendous,
so I'm not saying people should do as he does,
but he didn't ask for scientists to come and plunder
any artifact that adds to their archaeological thunder.

What I'm saying is that monsters sometimes can't think
about what's right or wrong or whether their poop stinks,
because they're too busy just attempting to survive
in a world that would rather they never be alive.

So Jesse, if you wobble here with with your dark intent
because you can't help it, then I can't help it; I'll relent.


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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