Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 18

April is National Poetry Month so I’m tackling the Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer.

Today’s prompt: Take the phrase “Little (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Guy,” “Little Richard,” “Little Mermaid,” “Little Italy,” and “Little Words That Pack a Big Punch.” I think if you think about it for a little bit, you’ll find a big (or little) poem to write.

Photo by Miki Fath / Unsplash

Photo by Miki Fath / Unsplash


James had it right.
The slightest spark can flare
into a wild conflagration,
a muttered word into a
deep estrangement.
The merest setback can
cause a rapid spiral downward,
a hateful voice
quickly curdle a whole nation.

But it also means
just one kind word can
change a person’s day,
a single step lead
to lasting change.
One brave act can
spawn a thousand more,
a minor shift
inspire a whole new way.

The Son showed how
the first dropped stone can
sway the judging crowd,
one seed of faith spread
wide in fertile ground.
A turned cheek can stanch
a tide of condemnation,
a humble life outshine
the vain and proud.

He is the one true King,
the only reason for
a million soaring spires,
the catalyst for radical love
that lifts all higher,
the sacrifice of
One for all,
an empty grave
the single spark
for lasting holy fire.