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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Sometimes you just have to say it: I'm having a Monday. They happen. Once every seven days. Let's poem anyway.

For today’s prompt, write a defensive poem. The first thing that springs to my mind is getting defensive about an accusation, which may or may not be true. The next thing I think about might be people or animals defending themselves. Or defense in sports. Or defense in the court room. Or well, there's a lot to defend in this world.

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Here’s my attempt at a Defensive Poem:

“The Older I Get”

The less, I've noticed, I tend
to defend myself, though, I
admit, I do speak up more
for those who seem, whether
they do or not, to need it,
and I'm not sure if that makes
me wiser or just a guy who
sticks his nose in places
it doesn't belong, and, as long
as I'm on the subject, I'm
pretty sure I could've beat
you at cards if the deck
wasn't stacked against me.

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Robert Lee Brewer can get defensive about himself and other people. Hey, it happens. But he has learned that it's never a good idea to engage in a defensive argument with people who aren't really interested in understanding his side of things. It never ends well; in fact, it never ends if a person gets caught in one of these loops. Better to move on to folks and projects that will be productive.

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Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he gets to do a million things to help writers find more success with their writing (including this blog). He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53).

Connect with him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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