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2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a get blank poem.

Can't hardly believe it, but we'll be a third of the way through this challenge after today's poem.

(Click here to check out all the 2021 April prompts.)

For today's prompt, take the phrase "Get (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: "Get Smart," "Get Incredibly Overwhelmed by the Beauty of Spring," and/or "Get This Poem Written." Hope you've been getting something out of this year's challenge; I know it's been firing me up.

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 Get Blank Poem:

"get stoned"

i like to think about shirley jackson
and her one short story "the lottery"
in which (spoiler alert) people pull strips
of paper from a box and the "winner" 
then gets stoned to death not as a sinner
but as a simple sacrifice that's stripped
of all expectations of chance and free
will though there had to be a moment some
point at which the village agreed this is
the way and i like to wonder how it's
possible to say "let's agree to kill 
or be killed in a lottery" but still
i consider the village of my mind
and can't quite believe i could be their kind

(For today's prompt, I wrote a sonnet. If you'd like to play around with form, find more than 160 poetic forms here.)

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