2016 Poem a Day Challenge #12

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles, twins, duality, pairs, or some other expression of twos.

Adding Up

Three minutes in
to the sixth hour, ante-meridiem
the phone woke me, ringing
and eighty-seven days
into my eighteenth year
time cracked into before and after
when I heard:
“Kirk, please come get me.
Thomas is dead.”
Alert and dazed, I dressed and drove
both in haste
both in darkness
both in silence, knowing
that I would be expected, upon arrival
to be twice the man I had yet become.


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  1. Wow… this poem expresses more than just the prompt. It speaks of the duality of experience and sadness with a poignancy that touches the reader.

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      Thanks, Karen. The subject of this poem is one of the most defining experiences of my young life. At the middle point of NaPoWriMo, I found I was having trouble being inspired by the prompts, but this one almost instantly brought me back to this experience, which I write about quite often.

      Thanks for reading!

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