April PAD Challenge: Day 2

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Completely and utterly flabbergasted; that's right--flabbergasted! You're all so great. This challenge feels like it's gone from being a house party to a block party--for poets no less. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that y'all rock!

Today, I want you to write an outsider poem. You can be the outsider; someone else can be the outsider; or it can even be an animal or inanimate object that's the outsider. As usual, get creative with the prompt and don't be afraid to stretch the limits.

Here's my poem for the day:

“Atlanta”

My first trip down, I thought a road crew

had stripped all the pines along the highway.

Come to find that’s just how they grow

with little puffs of branches on top, nothing

down the sides. Was impressed by the war

monuments, though I missed Stone Mountain

and The Varsity. Rained the whole time

even as the whole area suffered a serious

drought. Not enough to kill the kudzu or

the humidity. Hiked up Kennesaw Mountain.

Walked around Helen. Ate my first hot

boiled peanuts. But mostly I remember

lurking in the fiction section of that one

Barnes & Noble waiting for you to find me.

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