2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

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For today’s prompt, write a dedication poem. Pick someone or something as a subject and dedicate your poem to him, her, it, etc. You may consider titling your poem "For Big Foot" or "To a Purple Push Pin." Heck, you could even write a poem to your former or future self.

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Here’s my attempt at a Dedication poem:

“To a Purple Push Pin”

I know most poems are more for me
than for those I write to or about; for
instance, I wrote so many distraught
love poems when I was a teen that
you'd have mistaken me for Romeo,
but no, you wouldn't have mistaken
me for anyone, because you're an
inanimate object that holds paper
to drywall, cork board, or whatever
you penetrate with your metal tip
that has no feelings, only function;
and I appreciate you regardless.

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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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And yes, he just wrote a poem to a push pin, because it felt like the right thing to write at the moment. He can get to the more serious topics later this month.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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