2021 PAD Challenge: Poems from Days 6-10

As promised in my last blog post, here is the second set of poems I’ve written for the 14th annual Poem-A-Day Challenge as organized by Writer’s Digest. Even though every day has its own unique prompt, I am focusing on “travel” as an overarching theme because I’ve missed traveling so much this past year.

Day 6 PAD Prompt: Today is the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for our first Two-for-Tuesday prompt. You can pick one of the prompts, combine prompts, or write one poem for each prompt. For this Two-for-Tuesday prompt: 1. Write a change poem and/or… 2. Write a don’t-change poem.


“Change is sometimes the same as rest,”
A bookseller told me,
And who am I to quibble with
Such keen philosophy?

Yet, change churns like the wild riptides;
Rest idles like the shoals.
Can such converse occurrences
Be interchangeable?

For change does rent, and rest does mend.
One settles; one upsets—
If change must come, then I desire
A change disguised as rest.

Poetic Form of Choice: The Style of Emily Dickinson
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 7 PAD Prompt: Write a villain poem. You could write a persona poem from the perspective of a popular villain (like Count Dracula, Thanos, or Dolores Umbridge). Or write a poem with a person doing a villainous thing (like eating the last piece of pie or littering).


Plenty of seats upon the train;
You claim the bay for four
Though you are traveling alone,
And I am with three more.

Poetic Form of Choice: Ballad quatrain
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 8 PAD Prompt: Write a metaphor poem. A metaphor is when something is something else (I am a tree). Take a moment to consider possible metaphors and then poem them out.


An old friend
too rarely seen yet
known so well; you tell

stories of
conquest, disaster,
victory; I sit

at your feet
savoring those tales
in your ancient voice.

Poetic Form of Choice: Modified haiku with syllable count of 3-5-5
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 9 PAD Prompt: Write a persona poem for an inanimate object. A persona poem is written in the voice of someone (or in this case something) else – a pair of scissors, a picture frame, smart phone, or another inanimate object.


I don’t mind the wait.
I’m used to it. Most days
I sit in your closet
wedged between shoeboxes
and workout equipment.
(Bit dusty in there, I’ll admit.)

So, this change of venue
is, frankly, refreshing although
I’m sure you’re anxious
for us to reunite. After all,
you have plans tonight, and that
little black dress won’t wear itself.

Until then, I’ll be on this shelf.
I feel certain the airline will
sort things out, and I’ll join you
at the hotel before your
dinner reservation. (It will be 
nice to see another location.)

Poetic Form of Choice: Free verse with internal rhyme, assonance, and consonance
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 10 PAD Prompt: Take the phrase “Get (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 include: “Get Smart,” “Get Incredibly Overwhelmed by the Beauty of Spring,” and/or “Get This Poem Written.”


Isn’t that the bottom line?
Leave it all behind. Unwind.
Pack only what you need –
no assignments or deadlines
no one more thing before I go…

Just winding shoreline drives
along the coast – away from
that host of inconveniences
saturating your bandwidth –
no let me check my messages…

Ocean on the left, sunset overhead
reminding you of the infinite –
the unsaid. What’s familiar ceases
to interfere with what lies before you
and what is right here.

Poetic Form of Choice: Free verse with internal rhyme, assonance, and consonance
© 2021 F. E. Greene

It’s not too late for you to join in the fun! Follow this link to the Writer’s Digest website and see the details for the 2021 PAD Challenge.

About F. E. Greene

F. E. Greene loves coffee, castles, crumpets, and the cat next door almost as much as she loves writing. She is the award-winning author of multiple bestselling series including contemporary romance (Richer in Love), time-travel romance (Love Across Londons), and fantasy adventure (By Eyes Unseen). Her nonfiction series All Things Brighter focuses on writing fiction and poetry. A novelist, songwriter, poet, and photographer, she has taught young journalists and coached creative writers in both scholastic and volunteer settings. Greene's novels blend feel-good romance, mild suspense, a touch of whimsy, and her steadfast affection for all things British.
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