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2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For the 2022 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. Day 16 goes to a panel.

OK, it's all downhill from here. Take that for what it's worth, but we are past the half-way mark now. 

For today's prompt, write a panel poem. When I think of panels, I think of groups of people who are on a panel. And maybe they're giving recommendations or just feedback that can be helpful (or not so much). But panels can also be used for ceilings or walls or floors. Heck, there are few things more iconic to me that an old station wagon with wood panels. So poem your way through panels in whatever way suits you.

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.

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Here’s my attempt at a Panel Poem:

“Blood Panel”

The results never worried me much
as a younger person. Honestly, it was
the needle that did that. But now, I can
take the needle, but I don't like the time
between drawing the blood

and learning what the blood has to say
about me and my habits. Maybe it's my age,
but each time they run a blood panel
I feel a little older, a little closer to the end
of whatever it feels like to be young.

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