For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today’s prompt is to write a nature poem.

For today’s prompt, write a nature poem. Of course, you can write a poem about trees, rivers, and birds for this prompt, but you can also take on other connotations of nature, whether that’s human nature, the nature of love, and/or anything else that comes naturally. Or just write that poem about a bird in a tree beside a river. Whatever floats your poem.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Here’s my attempt at a Nature Poem:


the words just aren’t coming
naturally anymore but they will
as i watch outside the windowsill
birds flying to and fro and always
singing and living and on the go
in a tree beside a river or a river
beside a tree i’ll write though it
doesn’t come too naturally

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