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PAD Finish Line Reached


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I reached the finish line today of this year’s annual Poem-A-Day Challenge, hosted by Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides.

Three days spent out in the wilds of the north country near the Canadian border has advantages. The wilds had a cook shack with great food, live entertainment, plenty of friendly folk to keep a body moving and interacting, learning and taking away new experiences and perspectives. It also had nighttime freezing temps, daily sunshine, sprinkles when relaxation was needed, and a small-town parade with all the usual trimmings.

While out there on the high plateau, I kept thinking about poetry and what I’d take away from the Rendezvous that I could use later for either verse or prose. I’d met unique people with otherwise long-lost talents, children who could defend themselves without anger or cook over an open fire without complaint. I’d seen crafts that rivaled any in a museum anywhere. And best of all, I came home knowing that I will go back next year for a repeat.

The PAD challenge continued without me, but I’ve managed to put together something for each of the days missed. I hope you enjoy these small offerings and that you’ll continue to return to this blog after this challenge ends. I have a new, improved blog for the end of the week, with new pages to visit and things to see. Until then, daily posts will continue.

Now, on to poetry.

Day 27 Prompt: “The Trouble is (blank)” Fill in blank, make it the title, and write poem.

The Trouble is Time Bending


Arbitrary limits,

On something non-existent,

Takes no talent, no finess.

Limiting nothing takes

More than care,

Requiring belief

That increments from

One mind equal

Production possibilities.

How can seconds become

Minutes or hours, when

Only days/nights exist in time?

Does breathing count

As a measuring stick, or pulse,

When clocks don’t function?

© Claudette J. Young 2012


Day 28 Prompt: Write a problem poem.

What Price Time


Forcing life into minutes and hours,

Taking life from the living,

Becoming machines, wound up

For the pleasure of someone else.

Can we not function except to

Sweep hands and crystal faces?

Are we mindless with this labyrinth,

Marking existence with clicks and clangs?

© Claudette J. Young 2012


Day 29 Prompt: Take a favorite line from an earlier poem this month, and rework it into a new poem.

Prayers Danced in Circles


Call forth with drum and song

Answers from Creator’s hand.

Step lively in obedience,

Sing with heart’s voice to

Weave supplication upward

Toward Creator’s ear.

Circles with unending,

Beginning, revolving in circuit,

To define all life as one,

Connected and connecting.

Such is Earth, Water, Fire, and Air—

Each touching each, depending,

Giving, moving forward as willed,

Calling singers, dancers to moving circles,

Calling forth prayers to the heavens.

© Claudette J. Young 2012


Day 30 Prompt: Write a take-away poem. Open interpretation.

Too Long, Too Short


Thirty days hath April,

Poems coming still,

A challenge for all.

Nothing too small

To contribute in word

Thoughts, noun or verb.

Is thirty days too long, too short,

For birthing poems for sport?

Should we make this habit,

A daily ritual, or run as rabbit?

© Claudette J. Young 2012



  1. April 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Well done for completing the April PAD Challenge, but you do know that it’s not annual. The whole thing starts again in November! 😉 Your break away sound idyllic, by the way. We all need some time like that. Take care, ~Misky xx

    • claudsy
      April 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Misky. I do know about the November run for the poetry finish, but I seldom every finish that one. For some reason, no matter which challenge I go for in that month, I’m always pulled away by an emergency of some kind. I’ve sort of learned not to do that anymore. I’m so glad you enjoyed my little mini-vacation almost as much as I did. You did some great work this month, too, you know.

  2. May 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Well done on the task. Takes some doing to be on the mark every day for one month.

    • claudsy
      May 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Ah, thank you so much, strihc. There are those days when all I think I’m accomplishing is hitting my head against a very immovable wall. I’m glad none of those showed.

  3. May 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I love that your poems are so evocative of your thoughts — I can definitely relate. Congrats on the completing the challenge!
    Joy’s Book Blog

    • claudsy
      May 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Ah, thanks, Joy. That’s very kind. Yep, that challenge nearly did me in, along with the Platform challenge and a couple of others. I keep trying to convince myself that one is enough, while at the same time hitting the “I’ll do it!” button.

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