2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

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For today’s prompt, write an animal spirit poem (or spirit animal poem). What I'm thinking is to make the title of the poem the animal and then write a poem as if you are that animal. Or look at ways you identify with that animal. Another possibility (if this is too New Age): Write a poem about an animal. Period.


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Here’s my attempt at an Animal Spirit poem:


My first instinct is to run,
but you've found a way
of taming me, getting me
to carry you and all you
carry; it goes against my
nature but you've nurtured
me to this point, and now
I can't imagine life without


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