2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

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I hope you had a great first day of poeming. If you missed it, no worries; it’s still easy to catch up! If you did poem yesterday, let’s do it again!

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And today is actually a special day: Two for Tuesday! Pick one prompt or use both...your choice!

  1. Write a worst case poem. What's the worst that could happen?
  2. Write a best case poem. Take the worst and reverse it!

Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want.


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 Worst Case and/or Best Case Poem:


To play or not to play,
that's what is facing us.
We could win a nice prize
or lose & start to fuss.
But then again, there is
one more reason to play--
supporting a good cause--
so, what the heck, let's play!


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 usually enters raffles, and he usually does not win. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.