Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Call Me (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “Call Me Al,” “Call Me Crazy,” “Call Me Batman,” “Call Me at 3 O’clock in the Morning,” etc.


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Here’s my attempt at a Call Me Blank poem:

“Call Me Names”

Call me names
if that’s what
you want to do,

but leave the sticks
and the stones
all alone;

I promise
I’ll pick up
the telephone

if you need
a verbal
punching bag;

they are words;
they’re absurd;
and they’ll never

ever hurt me.


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He may write a brave poem about words never hurting him, but he admits words can cut as deep (or deeper) than a knife at times. Play nice today and every day.

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