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2022 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

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

I always say that people who make it through the first three days of the challenge have a much greater chance of finishing the challenge than others. Also, people who make it through the first weekend have far superior odds of completion. Once you finish today's poem, you can put a checkmark next to both categories.

For today's prompt, write a smell poem. Strong writing uses sensory language, and one sense that is often overlooked is the sense of smell. So write about the pungent smell of teenage socks, the exquisite odor of fresh lasagna, or the coppery scent of a summer shower. Smell you later!

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 Smell Poem:

"a nice cozy spot"

the cat walks in the room
& silently finds a nice
cozy spot to observe me
in my nice cozy spot

as he exposes his teeth
in a furry feline yawn
it occurs that something
doesn't quite smell right

so i leave my nice cozy
spot to find a tiny gift
in the litter box & i return
to find the cat in my place

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