For once, I was able to craft a poem the same day the prompt was issued. This will be the last Wednesday prompt until December. In November, there will be a Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenge that is dedicated to collecting material for a chapbook manuscript, and I am all in. My goal will be to write shorter poems (which will definitely be a challenge for me).
The definition of the word “chapbook” has always eluded me, and so I looked it up and found this out: Stephen King wrote a few parts of an early draft of The Plant and sent them out as chapbooks to his friends, instead of Christmas cards, in 1982, 1983, and 1985. Philtrum Press produced just three installments before the story was shelved, and the original editions have been hotly sought-after collector’s items.
I think that was a pretty neat idea, but since I’ve already planned all my holiday gifts this year, I am going to do this next year. My family and I always do Christmas photo cards, so a poetry chapbook will simply be a fun addition to that. I wrote a nursery rhyme (and framed it) for a friend of mine who’d had her sixth child, and her delighted response really gave me confidence that even friends who aren’t writers can appreciate your work. Her reaction honestly meant more to me than winning a writing contest, because that is what writing is about to me–sharing and adding to one’s life in a positive way through words.
The PAD challenge is totally free (even though you win exposure, not cash), so that is HUGE when it comes to Writer’s Digest, who charges exorbitant fees to enter most of their contests. Considering NaNoWriMo is also in November (and my Creative Writing prof wants us to participate), it’s going to be an even larger challenge, but if I have time to watch movies with my husband, I have time to do this.
Here’s the link if you’re interested in participating in the challenge: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-guidelines
And here is my poem that is not meant to be controversial in any way.
You Should…You Should Not
You should make the bacon,
not burn it.
You should bring home the bread,
not eat too much of it.
You should never put ketchup on a hot dog,
or a relish on a burger.
You should not put all your Easter eggs in one basket,
or eat a regifted fruitcake.
One should and should not do a lot of things,
and the wisdom is knowing the difference.