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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

For today’s prompt, take the phrase "If I'd Only (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: "If I'd Only Asked Her Out," "If I'd Only Gone Left Instead of Right," "If I'd Only Taken That Chance," etc. Don't wonder what would've happened if you'd only written that poem; get to it now!

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Here’s my attempt at an If I'd Only Blank poem:

“If I'd Only Stayed Out of Trouble”

I would've never learned how to respond
when trouble came calling. And trouble

always comes calling when I expect it
the least. Like love, I never know when

to say when. I fall down & dive back in
again. My eyes closed, I've learned

how to run with my fingers crossed
& a prayer on my lips. If I'd only stayed

out of trouble, I guess I wouldn't know
all the benefits of chasing after it.

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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’s not a troublemaker per se, but he is a Brewer, which according to his Hazard, Kentucky, granny means that trouble never gets too far away from him. For better or worse.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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