2021 PAD Challenge: Poems from Days 11-15

As promised in my previous blog post, here is the third 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 11 PAD Prompt: Write a poem that incorporates a prime number. You could include a prime number in the title of your poem or use one in the poem itself. Or write a poem that has a prime number of lines per stanza or for the entire poem. A list of prime numbers up to 100: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97).


I can’t
say if I
have a favorite
location, destination,
or particular holiday, a moment
that outshines any others – the prettiest vista,
the grandest day out, a favorite route or footpath to ramble down.
To scrutinize, to label, to rank would downplay the brilliance of each visit,
all differently nuanced – the time of day, the conversation, the cascade of light on the hills,
what flowered in the garden, the big news, the lost tooth – with subtle changes that make every moment its own masterpiece.

Poetic Form of Choice: Lines with a syllable count in ascending prime numbers up to 29 (forced formatting may cause the longer lines to overflow)
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 12 PAD Prompt: Write a poem using at least three of the following six words: convict, great, play, race, season, and voice. Extra credit for using all six words.


In the shade of a great cathedral, I sit
while children play on its steps in
temperatures strangely warm for the season.
Ice cream tracks trickle down their chins.

Overhead, pigeons race in a gyrating cluster,
orbit compressing until they settle around me
in conspiratorial fashion. With bobbing heads,
they imply – what’s mine is theirs. Do share.

Their coos fuse to one voice to convict me
of my greed as I refuse to relinquish
my sandwich. The children frolic closer.
The flock reshuffles, flutters, erupts into flight.

Poetic Form of Choice: Free verse in quatrains with assonance and consonance
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 13 PAD Prompt: For this Two-for-Tuesday, write a lucky poem and/or write an unlucky poem.


Luck must arrive unbidden
Or won’t arrive at all;
Like a recalcitrant feline,
It scarpers when we call.

Luck slinks and skirts, observing
With concentrated eyes—
Only when we have ceased to look
Will it materialize.

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

Day 14 PAD Prompt: Write a poem inspired by your immediate surroundings. This can include pencils, characters in books you can see, or things out the window.


I gaze outside my window
on this revalescent day.
One year ago, I sat here;
since then, not much has changed.

But still the world feels altered,
foundations cracked and strained,
the old routines disrupted,
old habits un-sustained.

Although my view is looping
through the hazy windowpane,
collections and deliveries
recurring in refrain,

I know I’ll leave this room soon
to abandon the mundane
and the view outside my window
on this revalescent day.

Poetic Form of Choice: Quatrains with repeating end rhyme
© 2021 F. E. Greene

Day 15 PAD Prompt: Take the phrase “(blank) Story,” 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 “Toy Story” and/or “Same Old Story.”


Golden stalks glimmer
beneath alabaster clouds—
twilight burnishes the field,
hedgerows enshrouded.
Charlie rambles down the path;
contentedly, I follow.

Poetic Form of Choice: Sedoka (six lines with syllable count of 5/7/7/5/7/7)
© 2021 F. E. Greene
Charlie and I on an evening walk in Coleshill, Warwickshire, England.

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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