Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

I know we’re writing poetry this month, but I thought you might want to check out this new podcast for writers that I’m doing with Brian A. Klems. In our first two episodes, we’ve talked with C. Hope Clark about funds writers can find to help their careers and Carol Topp, CPA, about taxes and business structures for writers. In other words, it’s been a lot of good, helpful stuff. Click to continue.

For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. As a runner, I automatically think of running when I think distance. But hey, there’s long distance relationships. Or why not get beyond geographic distance and consider distance in terms of time or emotional distance. Or some other interpretation.


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Here’s my attempt at a Distance Poem:

“The Fool”

Distance may make the heart grow fonder
or forgetful. Distance may be measured
in miles or light years or heart beats. Distance,

for me, is another way to arrange the phrase
“It’s Dance!” I dance, you dance, we cover
the distance of the dance floor, and still

have no idea what’s in store for the future
distances we might cover together or apart
or who knows what fires we might start

and then realize we’re still locked to the wall
wondering if the other will cross the hall
to unlock the distance between our sighs.

I, over here, patiently theorize.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer loves April, because whether the poems are easy or hard, he’s still doing it: still poeming, creating fresh drafts that he’ll be able to mess around with in May and beyond. He loves April, because poetry.

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).

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