2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

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Here we are: It's the final day of this challenge. Look for next steps sometime between now and Monday. But first, let's poem one last time!

For today’s prompt, write a "back in the day" poem. You might also call this a "good old days" poem or a "bad old days" poem. To me, back in the day is synonymous with history--but a kind of personal history (even if shared among a community).


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Here’s my attempt at a Back in the Day Poem:

“& she'd always rock in the chair”

we'd get together all the time
the eight brewer cousins & play
while our parents got together
& she'd always rock in the chair

cracking jokes & making comments
about this or that & we would laugh
because we enjoyed each other
& she'd always rock in the chair

whether we were playing football
or listening to music &
sharing sorry made up dance moves
& she'd always rock in the chair

until she wasn't there anymore
& we noticed but failed to say
anything because we wanted
her to always rock in that chair


 Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

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.

He lost one of his cousins this week, and he hopes she's found a nice chair to rock in. Also, he wants to let everyone know how much he's enjoyed another great month of poeming with friends--new and old.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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