2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

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For today’s prompt, write a license poem. There are many different licenses available to people. Fishing license, driver's license, license to plate, license to kill, and marriage license. Poem doesn't have to be about the license, but it could mention a license, happen at a licensing office, or well, use your poetic license.

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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 License Poem:

“your poetic license”

"your poetic license has been revoked
on my authority," the old man joked,
and though i laughed, it's becoming quite clear
that the silly joke has turned to my fear
for i can't form a metaphor or write
a lovely love poem to save my life
so i think that old man whoever he was
must have been working for the poetic fuzz
because i can't rhyme or free my verse
from the geezer's poetic curse


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 got his first driver's license when he was 17, but he has no clue when he got his poetic license. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.