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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write an imagined life poem. The imagined life could be your own, or imagining a life for someone else--like a person you see at the bus stop, grocery store, or library. If for yourself, the imagined life might be another possible parallel outcome or a possible future (for better or worse).

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Here’s my attempt at an Imagined Life poem:

“If I Had Said No”

If I had said, "No," I'm sure, I might've cried
far less often, and there's a chance I'd have
found fewer opportunities to second guess
myself, and maybe I'd even be way closer
to the normal person I know I am not, but

if I had said, "No," I know, for one hundred
and ten freaking percent, that I would've
found fewer opportunities to laugh and
surprise myself, and maybe I'd be closer
to the normal person I know I am not, but

if I had said, "No," I'm not sure that I'd be
any happier or more full of life; in fact, I'm
darn near certain I'd be miserable, which
is why, I continue to always say, "Yes."

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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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