2023 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

Remember way back on Day 11 when we wrote an odd poem, well…

For today’s prompt, write an even poem. The poem could be about even numbers, sure, but also about “getting even” with someone. Or perhaps being even-handed. Or even, well, whatever you’d like to do with the word even.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

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Here’s my attempt at an Even Poem:

“leave it”

i’m not the kind of guy
who looks to get even
there’s karma for that

instead i look for a way
to abide and bide my time
on a wall or a bench

as the world rushes by
capitulating and manipulating
and stabbing each other in the back

while i watch a solitary leaf
descend from a tree
get blown by the breeze

onto a path and then
into a pile of other leaves

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