2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

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For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Call Me (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: "Call Me Al," "Call Me Crazy," "Call Me Batman," "Call Me at 3 O'clock in the Morning," etc.

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Here’s my attempt at a Call Me Blank poem:

“Call Me Names”

Call me names
if that's what
you want to do,

but leave the sticks
and the stones
all alone;

I promise
I'll pick up
the telephone

if you need
a verbal
punching bag;

they are words;
they're absurd;
and they'll never

ever hurt me.

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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 may write a brave poem about words never hurting him, but he admits words can cut as deep (or deeper) than a knife at times. Play nice today and every day.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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