2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 8
For today’s prompt, write a lucky number poem.
For today’s prompt, write a lucky number poem.
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “After (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
The complete poem:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
After all 89 candles flicker and wishes made, you’re napping in your recliner, cake belly joy, grandchildren whispering “don’t wake him.” (the dogs don’t listen.) We sort through old photographs—Grandma Fanny and her goiter (we thought she swallowed a baseball,) Grandpa Harry in his wheelchair (I never saw him standing.) I am thinking how you, the baby of ten children, must have honored them greatly. War hero. Beautiful wife. Good job. Duty above all. Your heart beats strong after all these years.
After all these years I’ve drifted and fought kneeling. This promise is not for me.
But grace remains.
We should be giddy, right? Is there an entire month dedicated to screenwriting or copy writing or journalism? Do carpenters get a month? Do the cable guys get a month? Do roofers or hockey players or principals or printers?
NO! Poets get an entire month.
Every month is poetry month. Poets never stop. We think in verse. We connect the unusual, distort the familiar, silently applaud the explosions of weird word fusions and pairings, then shake ’em and bake ’em ’til they roll over and offer us their underbellies.
Then we wake and do it all over again. It’s not possible to turn off the faucet. We are wired this way. When the well runs dry, we seek out beauty in art, music, nature, other writers. Even a trickle of inspiration, gives us the shivers. We court rhymes and rhythms and metaphors. Sometimes we woo them ’til the cows come home. It’s delightfully fulfilling. Maybe even a little too analogous of one of the seven deadly sins-poetry gluttony.
While the crocus’ sneaks through the early Spring soil, our jaws are locked shut. We savor the silence as we ponder new poems and forms. Don’t take it personally, but we do not want to talk to you. At least not about the trivial. Someone should create a bumper sticker: “Please be patient with your poet during the month of April.”
Our minds are on overdrive.
If your partner is having trouble accepting your indulgence, try some reverse psychology. Make them think it’s for them. I
suggest implore each of you poets to read this line out loud to your LO:
Suggest that they take up whittling or grilling or quilting or star-gazing. Buy them a really long book if they like reading. (It took me three months to read War and Peace. But, that’s when I had a newborn.)
As I write this, my husband is making squeaking noises into his palm to get my attention. Never fear. I did not turn my head. Not once. He aughta know better by now.
After all, this isn’t my first poetic rodeo.
But, this year I’m participating in two challenges. PoMoSco and PAD.
All poets are busy this month. If your significant other doesn’t get it, give them some hand-made coupons as a gift. (Psychology tricks, remember?)
Here are a few suggestions:
Hand write a coupon giving them permission to learn something new. Maybe they just need some motivation or permission, depending on their personality.
Give them a coupon allowing them to take an entire week to watch every episode of The Americans.
Grant them one whole nag-free week to go on a fishing trip or a hunting trip or a shopping trip.
Give them the power to take two weeks to clean out the garage and basement without your intervention.
Tell them if they behave, you’ll take them to Dairy Queen. (It always worked when my kids were little.)
Get creative. Write them a poem. Make it rhyme. (really rhymy-rhymy.) And make it personal by adding their name to it and rhyming it. If you have good handwriting, make them a card. Seal it with a kiss. Or flower stickers or chewing gum.
If you play an instrument, sing your poem to them. They’ll tear up.
Now my husband is banging his hand on the arm of the couch. (Not looking.)
Sharpen those pencils. Purchase your favorite thesaurus and rhyming dictionary.
If you’re a crazy poet, a quiet poet, or a mind-boggling poet, you’re interested in knowing about ALL the Poetry Challenges during the month of April so you can pick and choose which ones you’ll participate in.
I can’t give ‘em all to you, but I can fill you in on a few.
Like most of these challenges, you will write 30 Poems in 30 Days. All you do is write a poem. There are no fees or nothing! You can add your blog or website to their online roster of participants in order to share your poem but you’ll have to pre-submit your site. Oh, and you can grab a nice badge for your website/blog, too.
In 2013, over 600 people took this challenge. You sign up to receive a daily prompt. 30 days in April. 30 prompts. A poem a day.
You can do it.
The Academy of American Poets has posted 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.
Here are a few of their ideas:
*Watch a poetry movie (they have clickable links)
*Ask the post office for more poetry stamps.
*Write a letter to a poet.
*Play Exquisite Corpse—a game I’ve never heard of. At least not by that name. I remember playing something similar in high school. You gather a group of poets, each person writes a word on a sheet of paper, you fold the paper to conceal it, and pass it on to the next player for his or her contribution. The result is always fascinating and fun.
For the rest of the directions, visit the website.
Savvy Verse and Wit asks “bloggers, poets, authors, and readers sign up to review books, talk about poets, write poetry, share their inspirations, and celebrate the love of poetry this April.” Just sign up with Mr. Linky. Great way to guest blog.
On Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 24, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. This is sponsored by The Academy of American Poets.
The website contains a gagillion ideas for creating a poem, sharing a poem, or finding a poem to share.
You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
April’s RandomCAT challenge is to read a poetry related book. How hard can this be? Most poetry chapbooks are relatively short. Reading poetry makes us better writers.
Miz Quickly will prompt and nudge you with a whirlwind of ideas. “And it costs nothing. Zero. Zilch.”
Stretch your writing muscles. Visit Miz Quickly.
*About.com lists ideas, articles, and events to help you celebrate National Poetry Month.
*Info Please posts quizzes, bios, crossword puzzles, collections, quotes. Lots of fun here.
By the way, I’m just the messenger. If you have questions about any of these challenges, go straight to the site and find their FAQ’s.
Yeah, it seems a little early BUT really it’s never too early to prepare for this challenge.
Write a poem every day for the month of April based on the prompts Robert Lee Brewer posts each day at Poetic Asides.
Comment on the other poems that are posted.
Play nice. Play fair. Have fun.
This year the best of the best will be included in an anthology.
Poem Your Heart Out.
Spread the word.
Want to know more? Visit Poetic Asides.