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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a ruin poem.

For today’s prompt, write a ruin poem. The poem could be about visiting some ancient ruins. Or you could write about ruining a situation or ruining a recipe (I've done both plenty of times in my life). But perhaps you're like me and can appreciate the beauty in things others considered ruined. Either way, write a ruin poem today!

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Here’s my attempt at a Ruin Poem:

“Power Outage”

Writing by only candle light
is not quite as bright
as one might like. Without
electricity to guide my way,
I flicker and flail for
words to say. In the depths
of the darkest night as winds
rage outside with monstrous might,

perhaps I should put down
my pen and calmly accept
this evening ruin.

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