2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

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Time for our fourth (but not final) Two for Tuesday of the month! Pick one prompt or use both…your choice!

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  1. Write a free poem.
  2. Write a not free poem.

Remember: These are just matches meant to spark your creativity; you are free to poem wherever you wish.


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 Free and/or Not Free Poem:


the flowers are free to grow
exactly where they take root

fish can swim anywhere they wish
if the water allows

& you can love the sun all you want
as long as you don't stare


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 loves this time of year. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.