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2022 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Write a poem every day of April with the 2022 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a touch poem.

We're now on the second half of this challenge. Hurrah! Let's keep it going.

For today's prompt, write a touch poem. We've already done smell and taste; let's move on to the sense of touch. Of course, all these prompts are open to interpretation, and touch connects many paths, including touching up a picture, touching down an airplane, bringing a soft or human touch to a situation, and even playing touch and go (or tag). However you poem, feel encouraged to put your own personal touch on this prompt.

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

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Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, by Robert Lee Brewer

Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

Click here to learn more.

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Here’s my attempt at a Touch Poem:

"Just a Touch Off the Top"

But first, we walk to the sink
where the hairdresser gets
my hair wet and works shampoo
into my scalp before rinsing.
My eyes are closed and this
is my favorite part, because
I don't have to make small talk.
Soon that's over, and I'm
bombarded with questions
about who I am and what
I do. I just want a touch off
the top, but the scissors keep
snipping and the questions
keep coming. I see hair fall
on the floor and the chair
cloth that protects me from
the carnage (just a touch),
and my short answers are
finally replaced by the buzz
of the electric razor that
occasionally pulls my hair
but mostly skims my skin a bit
before I get the blow dryer
and a quick brush off and
somehow still (after paying
and tipping) I feel like I need
a shower to stop the itching.

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