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 The End and/or The Beginning poem.

It’s time for our fifth and final Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month (and final prompt of any kind). However, this challenge does not end with today’s prompt. There’s still the little matter of putting together a chapbook. Look for a next steps post on Thursday (12/2).

For today’s prompt:

Write a the end poem, and/or…Write a the beginning 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 The End and/or The Beginning Poem:


is it true that all endings
only lead to new beginnings
or is that something 

only optimists say
on their rainy days
to keep the blues at bay

because i do like to begin
& let new things in
but then again

why do good things end
when i’m picking up wind
i suppose i’ll just pretend

that this one ending
leads to a new beginning
or at least something

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