2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

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For today’s prompt, take the phrase "Battle (blank);" replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: "Battle Tested," "Battle of the Sexes," "Battle of the Bands," and "Battle of the Bulge."

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Here’s my attempt at a “Battle (blank)” Poem:

“battle over the leftovers”

most conflicts in the northern hemisphere
revolve around natural resources
like rubies, diamonds, and soybean patents

that is, we fight over the nouns of life
& the ideas & emotions--the hearts,
the minds--as if we could swallow them whole

in the evening, we sit as if posing
for a portrait of the well-fed couple
then we battle over the leftovers

like there's something to win: winner, winner
chicken dinner along with mac & cheese
please give me more gravy; give me more, please...

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He does like to eat leftovers...maybe a little too much.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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