Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 24

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 “Complete (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: “Complete Best Day I Ever Had,” “Complete Guide to Writing Poems,” “Completely Wrong Way,” and “Completed Set.”

Image by Philippe Nick / Unsplash

Image by Philippe Nick / Unsplash


Show me how to define the finishing.

Is it the robust bloom
reaching the point
of peak extravagance?
Or the leaves
subtly tinging their way to yellow
and falling unheralded
to the futile ground?

Maybe it’s more about
the final remnants, brown and dusty,
giving themselves over
to the next work, to the eventual feeding
of the next greedy stems.