Thursday, April 14, 2016

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

One more time, because I don’t have anything new to say today: If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue.

For today’s prompt, write a time out poem. There are moments in my life that I wish I could take a time out. For instance, it would’ve been nice earlier this year when I had pneumonia, but life and work keeps chugging along. But there’s always a chance to take time outs in poetry if you dare. So dare to write a time out poem (or two) today.


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Here’s my attempt at a Time Out Poem:


The night was nice, and we had a sitter,
so we escaped for time out on the town
and lost ourselves in attempts to get down
only to learn we should have been fitter.
After all this time, our moves weren’t pretty,
and the next morning revealed our muscles
filled with aches and pains. Plus, we felt subtle
urges to retreat fast from the city…

…and never look back. Next time, we’ll send kids
instead. And if they enjoy it, so much
the better, because we know we never
want to return to the land of our ids.
For though there are moments we’d like to touch,
our minds forget how to keep a fever.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer isn’t ready to call himself old yet, but he’s definitely not the spring chicken his children are. He’s nearing the outer boundaries of a place called the middle ages, which is actually not too bad. Sure, he has a few extra aches and pains, some white hair appearing here and there, and middle-aged related injury earlier this week. Wait a second, you can find him in a corner reciting “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot.

Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he gets to do a million things to help writers find more success with their writing (including this blog). He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53).

Connect with him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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