2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

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Time to start another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Let’s poem!

For today’s prompt, we've actually got a two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts:

  • Write a stay poem. A poem about staying put, not leaving, and/or dealing with someone (or something) that refuses to leave. Or...
  • Write a go poem. Fans of The Clash probably know which song prompted today's prompt. But yeah, this is basically the opposite of staying--you know, going.

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Here’s my attempt at a Stay and/or Go poem:

“The Iceberg of My Mind”

Maybe I should go; this evening
has been the best thing I could
have ever dreamed of having &

really, I'm afraid of having too
much of a good thing, you know;
but then again, I suppose it's

possible that I'll never again
have a moment like this to throw
all caution to the wind & really,

I'd love to stay; please, ask me
to stay; demand that I stay &
I will. Or maybe I should go.

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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.

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This is his ninth 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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