2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Publish date:

For today’s prompt, write a reason poem. If this prompt seems unreasonable, just remember all the reasons you write poetry or enjoy cooking, dancing, singing, etc. Or provide a reasoned argument for your lack of reason. Only you know your reasons.

Image placeholder title


Poem Your Days Away!

Image placeholder title

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.)

Click to continue.


Here’s my attempt at a Reason Poem:

“My Reason for Everything”

I have a confession to make: I am not always
100% honest with you. And it's not that I
want to lie, but here's an example: You come home
and ask me how my day went, and I say it was great,
or I share an interesting anecdote while leaving out
the e-mail that cussed me out or the cashier
who made a comment about my looks, because
I would lie one million times to make you happy,
because your happiness is like a drug or processed
sugar, which is like a drug, and I don't know
if it's good for me (if you're good for me), but
I'm telling the truth when I tell you there's
no other addiction I would rather have than
the high I get from seeing you smile.


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 has a reason for everything, whether it's reasonable or not. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.