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2020 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Write a poem every day of April with the 2020 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a spirit poem.

Write a poem every day of April with the 2020 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a spirit poem.

For today’s prompt, write a spirit poem. Poets may write about a ghostly spirit. Or pen an ode to the spirits found in a pub or liquor cabinet. Of course, there's also school spirit and the spirit of adventure. Personally, I like The Spirit of comics and radio fame. Let the spirit of poetry lead the way for you today.

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Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want. In other words, it's more important to write a new poem than to stick to the prompt.

Re-create Your Poetry!

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Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!

In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.

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Here’s my attempt at a Spirit Poem:

"L'espirit d'escalier"

Sometimes I feel it come over me
with the first word I write; other times
it's like fog I can see but not touch--

my thoughts rambling and scrambled
like a humpty troubadour, lost
in the forest of no returns.

There's always a cabin with a witch
who's not a witch, her spirit
of self-fulfillment scaring the locals

who need to know they belong,
who long to know they belong,
and with the witch, I find my song,

but I'm always too late to reply
with the newt of an eye
beneath a haunted sky.

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