2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

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For today’s prompt, write a protest poem. These poems don't have to be political (though that's fine--just poem nicely). My 9-year-old protests taking showers every. single. time. A student may protest a grade, or a teacher may protest grading papers that don't follow the instructions. That said, one fun way to attack this prompt may be to take a saying from a popular protest placard and make it the title of your poem (and then, write the poem).

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Here’s my attempt at a Protest Poem:

“Books Not Bullets”

maybe a gun
would seem more fun
but when books end
just read again
& worlds expand
in distant lands
without the fear
of danger near


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 once took part in a peaceful protest at his high school about the closing of a public atrium. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.