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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

For today’s prompt, we’re on our third 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 natural poem. A poem about something natural. It could be a natural way of living, something made of natural materials, nature itself, or some other spin. Or…
  • Write an unnatural poem. Take the natural prompt and spin it around the other way. Maybe this means writing a poem about processed food, supernatural apparitions, or some other unnatural object.

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Here’s my attempt at a Natural and/or Unnatural poem:

“Practice Makes Perfect”

My son and I show up at the baseball
diamond with our new ball gloves to practice
the fundamentals of pitch and catch and
swinging the bat. Of course, he wants to bat

first, which is fine, I think, because I can
show him how good a pitcher I was when
I was his age. So I show him how to
stand in the batter's box and strut out to

the mound before unleashing my first pitch
ten feet above his head or the next one
that travels behind his back or the next
dozen that all miss their mark. When I was

young, I could pick a location and strike
out batters all day. The act of throwing
was always so natural, but it was
natural because practice makes perfect.

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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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He used to spend hours practicing his pitches, but he really can't hit the side of a barn nowadays. So it goes.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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