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We're two days from beginning the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Click here to read the guidelines. As such, this will be the final Wednesday Poetry Prompts post until December 4, because, well, we'll be doing prompts and poems every single day of November. Can't wait!

For this week's prompt, write a hiatus poem. You get to decide what the hiatus is: maybe from work, from school, from common sense. Just don't take a hiatus from poeming!

Here's my attempt at a hiatus poem:


In October, it's hardest
to be away. From football and
concession stands, marching bands.

Packed on bleachers, the night gets
cold, but on Friday, lights shine
on quarterback keepers, three

yards and a cloud of dust. Find
cheerleaders shouting, "Gimme

as they wiggle their spirit
fingers in the air. Boys wear
paint where their shirts should be, cry

out like warriors, beat their fists--
all hope on how their team fares.


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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community and no stranger to taking a hiatus or two from common sense. The last time he was in Ohio, he had the pleasure of watching his 10-year-old son, Jonah, catch the game-winning touchdown in a playoff game (go Eagles!). Robert is the author of Solving the World's Problems, which does not include any poems about football (though perhaps it should). He's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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