Category Archives: PAD Challenge 2010

Day 30: I know Some Things

See actions and those
perpetrating them; begin
to understand things.

* * *

If at first you don’t
succeed in the path you choose
regroup, re-plot yours.

* * *

Care what happens: All
children, better and worse do
impact our futures.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Three lessons learned is what I chose to write about. As of this writing, I’m my assessor. So I can only hope I learned them properly. Because I do believe my life depends on them.

Day 30 prompt: Write a ‘lesson learned’ or ‘never learned’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 29: Finish and Forget It

First I’m going to say
a prayer of thanks
and then for forgiveness in advance.
Because after that
I’m gonna kick the hell out of
my nagging self-doubting voice.
When her virtual knees buckle
I’m lobbing off her head.
And when I’m sure she’s broken down
I’m removing her victory crown
to place it on my own.
Then I’ll sit and pick my poems for
the P-A-D challenge submission.
I’ll edit them, send them and
lastly, forget it.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 29 prompt: Write a ‘next steps’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 28: Crutches

The party line states
my hip socket created
the problem almost from birth.
Its poor development was
the reason for
two surgeries
at six and thirty-one.

But that’s not really it.
What really happened was
not one at six at all.
I took off that year from school
indulging my blossoming
diva temperament.

In the next twenty-some years
I continued to grow
in creativity and discontent
which I kept tightly bottled in.

Then in some mad angst
to assuage an old rebellion
that still wore my name upon it,
I found one outrageous motorcyclist
whose only intent for me
was to be an accomplice
in creating one hellacious ruckus.

My crutches then were the result of
our most raucous excursion ever.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 28 prompt: Write a ‘what really happened’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

I’m glad I remembered this. I really did try using a variation of this explanation once. My youngest brother dimed me out when he saw that his friend believed me. Fun times!

Day 27: Blame the Dissonance

Happy voices infused
with sad remembrances.
Great meals in celebration;
missing the first hands
that prepared them.
Lovely thoughts of those
no longer with us.
How much they influenced us.
Time passes and more go
leaving us behind
in good times, with great memories
reasons to really miss them.

Some years, holidays
can really ring in
joy-laced melancholy sentiment.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 27 prompt: Write a ‘Blame the (blank)’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 26: Life too Fast

Up early
working through tasks
front end, background
one after another,
worrying about
next connections
or lack of
before lunch on the fly;
   —forgot I swallowed.

Rush through afternoon
cranking out lines,
verses, stories,
missing meeting beating
self-inflicted deadlines;
   —no time to regret relax savor it.

Finally, dinner time,
last written words before
nodded before
after-dinner salad.
Five a.m.
Time to start again.

I don’t remember
my head
touching down
on the pillow last night.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 26 prompt: Write an ‘on the run’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 25: Animal Poem

No Dogs or Cats Allowed

My dad’s rule, and I was
never inclined to debate it.

I had a pet goldfish though
when I was very young.
A few in fact. And
I gave them toys,
cleaned their tank
watched them play,
and talked to them.
The only time I was sure
I was connecting with them, though
was when I moved to
drop food flakes for them.

I would call them to surface
just before dropping the flakes
to pretend they heard me
and listened.
When they died,
my dad and I would flush them.
And that was the beginning
and ending of my
animal experiences.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 25 prompt: Write a poem with an animal in it, or the title; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge