Category Archives: Poetry Challenge

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

For today’s prompt, which is a Two-for-Tuesday prompt, pick one (or both):
-Write a finished poem.
-Write a never finished poem.

(As usual, I did both at the same time.)

I’m finished! I made it!

All the way to Day 30.


Doing this Poem-A-Day Challenge,

Had me writing a lot of poetry.


I learned a lot of things,

Along this poetic journey.


Like the


Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth


2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

For today’s prompt, take a line from one of your poems (preferably one of your April poems), make it the title of your poem today, and then, write the poem.

“hitting SNOOZE” (from Day 23)



  No! I need more sleep,

    So, I’ll just hit SNOOZE.


It’s quite okay,

  Because today,

    I have some time to lose.


Nine minutes pass,

  The alarm sound blasts,

    Once again I refuse.


This cycle repeats:

  SNOOZE-sleep, SNOOZE-sleep…

    The hour hand moves.


Now it’s thirty past eight,

  Oh no! I’m gonna be late!

    What did I do?


The alarm had stopped

  Because I hit OFF

    Instead of hitting SNOOZE!

Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, write a shadorma. For those new to the shadorma, it’s a fun little 6-line poem that follows this syllable count: 3/5/3/3/7/5.

record spins


and the needle drops


in the groove


music moves


with a static hiss and pop


transforming my mood


Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a mechanical poem. Either you’re mechanically-inclined, or you’re like me and hit things to make them work after they break (which, by the way, rarely works).

pendulums and springs


wheels move hands over a face


clock anatomy

Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a casting poem. Casting can take on several meanings, including casting a spell, casting a line (such as in fishing), casting the actors in a play, and I suppose even the act of creating a cast.



An incantation to bring divine inspiration

To pen marvelous poems without any hesitation.

It is time to unbind your mind,

Now carefully… recite each line:


A grain of salt, a grain of sand,

A grain of honesty from an honest man.


A tear from a phoenix, a tear from a dove,

A tear from someone’s recent broken love.


The sight of the blind, the hearing of the deaf,

The riches of a poor man who has nothing left.


A drop of blood, a drop of rain,

A drop of your worst remembered pain.


A shot of lies, a shot of truth,

A shot to your heart when it wasn’t bulletproof.


The pin prick of a needle, the slice of a razor blade,

The memories of every single mistake you ever made.


The love of a friend, the hate of an enemy,

The heated intensity of a lover’s jealousy.


The eyes of a hawk, the ears of an owl,

The omniscient presence of an all-knowing power.


The barbs of a quill, the smear of spilled ink,

The paper that awaits the thoughts that you think.


From the top of my head, to the soles of my feet,

I now declare this spell complete.


Several seconds passed, and then several more,

I didn’t feel anything, just the same as before.

The words were correct, my intentions direct,

And yet… the spell did not take effect.


Time went by before I realized,

It wasn’t the incantation, it was me… inside.

I failed to see the natural ability

To express myself openly and freely.


And then suddenly, it dawned on me,

Like a voice that spoke directly to me:


There is no magic in the spell you cast,

Because whatever inspiration you seek…


you already have.

Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Everyone (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 could include: “Everyone Thinks I’m Crazy,” “Everyone Knows the World Is Round,” “Everyone Needs to Leave Me Alone,” or whatever it is that everyone is doing (or not doing).

Everyone, everywhere,

It was such a crowded affair.

I still don’t know what

Possessed me to even go there.


There were lines a mile long.

The sea of faces went on and on.

And to make matters worse,

It didn’t feel like I belonged.


I was so happy at the very end

When I finally told my friend,

“Sorry, next time you’re going alone.

I just can’t go through this again.”


I went on my way.

My friend went on their way.

I don’t know if we can call us friends anymore.

We never spoke to each again since that day.


Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write an auto poem. Auto could mean automobile, automatic, automaton, or any number of possibilities.

We clock in. We clock out.

It’s the same thing each day.

All monotonous, not autonomous.

We need to break away.


Performing the same tasks

Without thought or provocation.

They want a pre-programmed robot

Set on full automation.


Do this. Do that. Are we to go

About our work and just remain silent?

Like a mindless drone set upon its course

As if we were put on autopilot.


We’re to disconnect our intellect,

Swatted down like some measly insect.

Roaming like a zombie searching for the brain matter

That is the sanity to survive until the next paycheck.


Numbing down our mentality.

Micromanaged to a ridiculous degree.

Stripped of freedom and imprisoned to voluntary slavery.

And thus, rewiring our natural circuitry.




We are subjected to the tyranny of the dollar sign,

And it’s actually quite traumatic.


We must redefine the line

That has kept us behind,

Confined and blind

From a freedom so benign.

It’s time to unleash our mind

From this daily grind

And not resign

To these familiar binds…


That have become so automatic.

Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Today is a Two-for-Tuesday prompt. Here are your options:
-Write a love poem.
-Write an anti-love poem.

As usual, I did both at the same time.

smelling fresh cut grass

speaking in front of a class

mint chocolate chip ice cream

creating a public scene

telling funny jokes

the smell of cigarette smoke


quiet places

intimate embraces

putting smiles on faces

failed marriages

hearing about miscarriages

remarks that are disparaging


music on vinyl

no’s that are final

hitting SNOOZE

watching the news

sleeping late on Sundays

waking up on Mondays


loving squeezes

walks on beaches

cool ocean breezes

adults that whine

heights of great design

snakes of any kind


classic movies

daytime TV

Pandora radio

talk radio

reading books

snobbish looks


beautiful eyes

pretty smile

great personality

deceitful lies

snotty style

better-than-you mentality


drinking coffee

people that are bossy

eating fried chicken

being nausea stricken

running, when I’m finished

running, while I’m still in it


writing poetry

creating a story

a friend’s loyalty

house that’s a mess

job-induced stress

feeling depressed


hopeless romance

one night stands

playful flirting

feelings hurting

women in high heels

my fetishes revealed

(oh my… TMI?)


seeing an attractive woman, by herself, standing in line


not having the guts to ask her if she’d like to go out some time


Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a complex poem. Complex is a complex word that can refer to mental state, apartments, difficulty of a situation, and so many other complex situations.

Human complexity is a commodity in today’s society.

The diversity is a necessity to exercise our minds perfectly.


Too many times people fall into an place of complacency.

They act without thought and the mind loses efficiency.


We think we want it simple.

We think we want it easy.

But thinking and discerning, my friend

Are already complex entities.


This poem, for instance, follows a certain grammatical procedure.

But take it a step further and let’s complicate the structure.


Normally we read left to right just like this.

.bit little a for left to right go let’s Now


.discern to hard and strange it’s first At

.learn to begin you lines few a after But


.do to needs it what to adapt will mind Your

.amused hopefully then confused first At


I hope you can see that we’re back to normalcy.

Now let’s change the view and drop a vowel or two.


Y?ur m?nd w?ll perce?ve what ?t sh?uld see,

F?ll?ng ?n the letters w?th m?derate ease.


Just a way to explore,

The mind’s apprehension.

We said it before,

And I’ll help you say it again:


Human __________ is a _________ in today’s _______.

The _________ is a _________ to exercise our minds _________.


(Now, did you look back up to see?

Or did you repeat it from memory?)


Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write a senryu. A senryu is like a haiku with less restrictions and different subject matter. It’s a 3-line poem with a traditional 5/7/5 syllable (or sound) pattern, and the poem typically deals with the human condition. But that’s about all. No cutting words, seasonal words, or focus on nature. In fact, many people who claim to write haiku are already writing senryu. Have at it.

last night is a blur


as I wake up next to her


now what did I do


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