2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

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For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Play (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “Play Nice,” “Play Fair,” “Play Hard,” “Play the Guitar,” etc.

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Here’s my attempt at a Play Blank poem:

“Play the Air Guitar”

Play the air guitar if it helps
you feel better about your life;
dance in front of a mirror if
it will carry you through this night;

don't let anyone else tell you
how you should move along from here;
someone else's eye prescription won't
help your nearsighted vision clear;

play the air guitar if it helps
you feel better about your day;
if the others don't like it, close
your eyes and continue to play.

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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 loves playing the air guitar, especially when he's listening to bands like Queen, Muse, and 80's hair bands.

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