Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 125

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Believe it or not, we're less than a month from starting the 4th annual April PAD (Poem-a-Day) Challenge. I'm very excited! Here are the guidelines. Please share with anyone you think may be interested in the challenge.


For today's prompt, take the phrase "Better Off (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles might include "Better Off Dead," "Better Off Alive," "Better Off Playing Video Games," "Better Off Minding My Own Business," etc. I know I'll be better off poeming.

Here's my attempt:

"Better Off Upside Down"

Even in the dark I'm hanging on by a thread
enveloped in my sheets and waiting for sleep
to take me like a cow in a field waits for other
cows to move or the way a bird sits on a branch
and rests long enough to hop to the next one
while keeping an eye (an ever wandering eye)
out for predators or prey or whatever it is
that I should be searching for though maybe
the problem isn't that I'm waiting but that I'm
searching when I should be more like a bat
hanging from the roof of a cave or attic and
wrapped up in my comfortable sleep devoid
of any stray thoughts or worries or dreams.


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