Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 2

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: Write a worst case poem. What’s the worst that could happen? (and/or) Write a best case poem. Take the worst and reverse it!



Sitting in front of the white page

pen poised and waiting
An idea flames up, wavers,
fizzles out.
The silence presses in, heavy and demanding,
stifles every thought.
Even the drone of the fridge is loudly absent.
It’s times like this I think of the mundane, like
when did we last wash the sheets and
what size frame do I need for that picture and
do we have salad.
The quiet finally gives way to
school bus rumbling,
wind chimes,
joyful shouts from just-released kids
scuttling home from school
but here I still am

sitting in front of the white page

pen rapidly racing
Ideas spin and spark,
kaleidoscoping and tumbling as the
silence curls around me, a happy incubator.
Even the fridge waits in expectant hush.
It’s times like this I think of the sublime, like
what is the weight of yesterday compared to today and
when does tolerance turn to love and
are we all just clutching our bright carrots like Limón said.
The silence finally gives way to
dinner clatter,
Fortnite battles,
last clamors for water before
stories and tuck-ins
and then I am again

sitting in front of the white page.