Monday, November 7, 2016

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

For today’s prompt, write an activity poem. Of course, the first activity that springs to my mind is writing poetry, but there are many other possible activities from which to choose: running, driving, folding clothes, tying knots, casting lines, dancing, sleeping, and so much more. Pick an activity and write it out.


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Here’s my attempt at an Activity poem:

“Listening to the Four Tops”

I’ll be there: standing in the shadows
of love, ready to reach out. It’s the same
old song, but the beat keeps finding me
and shaking me, waking me. I can’t help
myself when I listen to their harmony,
when I hear Levi Stubbs softly approach
with, “Baby, I need your loving; baby,
I need your loving…” And it’s true I’m
just listening to another man’s pain,
but when I sing along and let the rhythm
move me, it becomes my pain and,
for a moment, my sweet release.


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He loves listening to all music, but has a special spot in his heart and soul for Motown, especially the Four Tops.

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