2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

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Time to get poeming! If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (or anywhere else), be sure use the #aprpad hashtag. Sooo, ready. Set. Poem!

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For today’s prompt, write a morning poem. Maybe you're a morning person, maybe not. Your poem can be about a morning. Or it can be set during the morning. And those who've done this before probably already know that I have no problem with you interpreting this as a "mourning poem."

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want.

(Note: If you happen to run into any issues posting poems, please just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: April PAD Posting Problems. Fingers crossed there are no tech hiccups this month.)


Poem Your Days Away!

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Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)

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Here’s my attempt at a Morning Poem:

“morning walk”

i wake up in the morning
as anyone would do
before brushing my teeth
& lacing up my shoes

for my solitary walk
alone with just my thoughts
along a quiet path
paved with miniature rocks

that crunch beneath my slow steps
as if walking through snow
& i think of mornings
from days of long ago


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 morning walks and runs. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.