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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 217

I hope to get the next steps for the 2013 April PAD Challenge up either later today or tomorrow, but in the meantime, we've somehow landed on a Wednesday already--first day out of the challenge!

For this week's prompt, write a confused poem. Take it wherever you need to.

Here's my attempt at a confused poem:

"The End?"

He puts down his pen,
picks it back up,
hesitates

before turning his head toward the window
and saying aloud to the empty room,
"I thought the last poem
was the last poem,"

just as a woman enters the room
hopping on her left foot
and juggling knives

singing the national anthem
while rays of the sun
slant through
the blinds,

and he forgets how
to spell his
own name.

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