April PAD (Poem-a-Day) Challenge: Day 27 “The Trouble is Within”

Day 27, April PAD is on the home stretch. Since April has been a time of high production, I think May will be time for intensive editing. I feel good about several drafts I’ve written this month, so those may enter my personal cannon. There are some throwaways, too, but even so, this month has provided good practice and improved my writing habits. I need to do some selection and editing before the end of April, though, because Monday is the deadline for The 34th Nimrod Literary Awards contest. Are there any poems I’ve posted this month you would suggest for entry?

In other news, I have a reading coming up on May 4th at Shades of Brown Coffee and Art. My friend, Erin Whitson, is displaying photography throughout May at Shades and has asked Mercy Teague and me to read at his Opening Reception. Here are the details.

Without further ado, the 27th prompt is “take the phrase “The Trouble Is (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of the poem, and then, write the poem. Example titles may include: “The Trouble Is You,” “The Trouble Is Figuring Out How to End This Poem,” or “The Trouble Is What I’m Always Finding.”

“The Trouble is Within”

Blame, cast like stones against the body
of an adulteress, instead of at the source.
Lust forms within. Lust for power. Lust for
gold. Lust extolling self above others.
If we truly desire peace, prosperity, equality,
respect. If we truly truly desire good–out there,
externally, we must seek it first inside.

10 National Poetry Month Activities
April PAD Challenge: Day 1 “Scenes Shot in Super 8″
April PAD Challenge: Day 2 “Adobe Café”
April PAD Challenge: Day 3 “Confession Booth”
April PAD Challenge: Day 4 “100% Juice”
April PAD Challenge: Day 5 “Uncle Harry”
April PAD Challenge: Day 6 “Hide ‘n’ Seek”
April PAD Challenge: Day 7 “Political Discourse”
April PAD Challenge: Day 8 “Heart 2.0″
April PAD Challenge: Day 9 “Yoga Class”
April PAD Challenge: Day 10 “Holly Bushes”
April PAD Challenge: Day 11 “Spring”
April PAD Challenge: Day 12 “Something Wrong”
April PAD Challenge: Day 13 “Tough Luck”
April PAD Challenge: Day 14 “Sundays in Oklahoma”
April PAD Challenge: Day 15 “Persona”
April PAD Challenge: Day 16 “There’s Been a Mistake”
April PAD Challenge: Day 17 “To Boldly Go”
April PAD Challenge: Day 18 “Watermelon”
April PAD Challenge: Day 19 “Her Bra”
April PAD Challenge: Day 20 “Let’s Remain”
April PAD Challenge: Day 21 “Vast Universe”
April PAD Challenge: Day 22 “Judge Not”
April PAD Challenge: Day 23 “A Valediction Forbidding Morning”
April PAD Challenge: Day 24 “Memory”
April PAD Challenge: Day 25 “Tennis”
April PAD Challenge: Day 26 [wolf haiku]

April PAD (Poem-a-Day) Challenge: Day 20 “Let’s Remain”

The prompt for Day 20 is “take the phrase “Let’s (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Example titles might include: “Let’s Fly a Kite,” “Let’s Party,” “Let’s Forget About That Last Poem I Wrote That Was a Little Too Personal,” etc.”

“Let’s Remain”

In stasis
until humanity learns
to be humane

10 National Poetry Month Activities
April PAD Challenge: Day 1 “Scenes Shot in Super 8″
April PAD Challenge: Day 2 “Adobe Café”
April PAD Challenge: Day 3 “Confession Booth”
April PAD Challenge: Day 4 “100% Juice”
April PAD Challenge: Day 5 “Uncle Harry”
April PAD Challenge: Day 6 “Hide ‘n’ Seek”
April PAD Challenge: Day 7 “Political Discourse”
April PAD Challenge: Day 8 “Heart 2.0″
April PAD Challenge: Day 9 “Yoga Class”
April PAD Challenge: Day 10 “Holly Bushes”
April PAD Challenge: Day 11 “Spring”
April PAD Challenge: Day 12 “Something Wrong”
April PAD Challenge: Day 13 “Tough Luck”
April PAD Challenge: Day 14 “Sundays in Oklahoma”
April PAD Challenge: Day 15 “Persona”
April PAD Challenge: Day 16 “There’s Been a Mistake”
April PAD Challenge: Day 17 “To Boldly Go”
April PAD Challenge: Day 18 “Watermelon”
April PAD Challenge: Day 19 “Her Bra”