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2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

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 23 is all about the family.

For today's prompt, write a family poem. Everyone has a family, even if they don't know who their flesh and blood family is. In a sense, I've had a poetic family during these challenges for more than a decade. So feel free to explore the idea of family in any way you wish with this one.

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 Family Poem:

“Parenting”

The boy walks in the house
and stumbles up the stairs
without saying a word
and climbs into his bed
curling up with his pillow
and without a warning
feels the hand of his mother
and the boy starts to cry
into his sheets and blankets
and his mother doesn't
say a word but just sits
and listens and allows
the boy to let it all out.

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