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 ready and/or not ready poem.

It’s great to see so much poeming and commenting yesterday. It’s not often we get to start a poem-a-day challenge on a Monday, so it’s not often we get a Two-for-Tuesday prompt on day two of the challenge, yet here we are! (And yes, it does mean we’ll have five such prompts this month!)

If this is your first Two-for-Tuesday prompt, you have the option of writing to one of the prompts and/or both the prompts. For today’s prompt:

Write a ready poem, and/or…Write a not ready 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 Ready and/or Not Ready Poem:

“just following the road”

i think i’m ready to go
but maybe i don’t know

i guess i could worry & fret
or wait & see what i get

when i was young & wanted to know
where it was we were going to go

i was usually (always) told
“we’re just following the road”

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