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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a falling apart poem. The poem could be about a crumbling house, tree losing its leaves, or a car that's breaking down. Of course, people break down and fall apart all the time--in both large and small ways.

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Here’s my attempt at a Falling Apart poem:

“When People Ask”

He's quick to say he's doing fine,
because he doesn't want to talk
about himself, especially when
it's about how he feels, because

one question always leads to
another question, and the last
thing he wants to do is answer
questions about how he's not

holding it together as well as
he'd like, because they always
have advice and tips and that's
not helpful at all, because he

wants--no, he needs--nothing
more than a person to listen
without feedback or questions
when his world's falling apart.

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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 has his ups and downs like anyone and is happy to report that he's currently on an up, though he often gets the winter blues eventually.

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