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 Well Blank poem.

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Well (blank),” replace the blank with a new word phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Well Shucks,” “Well Water,” “Well That Was Awkward,” and/or “Well Enough to 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 Well Blank Poem:

“Well, That’s Not What I Expected”

Though I guess that’s what I tend to get–
another surprise on Black Friday
is what the sharks probably bet.

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