Day 8 of the November PAD Challenge

Blank Visual Poem

The Biltmore Coffee Traders new addition is now open for customers. Willie Nelson singing from the house sound system. Earlier, Van Morrison and Dave Matthews warmed up a chilly, windy but sunny sort of November day as patrons enjoyed gluten-free breakfast cookies and granola bars.

It is day eight of the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge (Details are available on Writer’s Digest website.). Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community offers this writing prompt for today: “inanimate object poem.” I have not used the prompts for this challenge. Though I am keeping track of the prompts for later use.

For a  gift, I received a limited printing of book on Korean poetry forms. So, the poems composed so far for this challenge have run in a vein of Japanese and Korean inspired forms. Though, to be fair, most of the compositions are corruptions of the poetry forms.

How about you? How has your November PAD Challenge gone so far?

As a bonus, if you want to play along, fill in the blanks with a poem to accompany the images posted above. Next week, I’ll post what I placed in the blanks.

The November PAD challenge begins

Biltmore Coffee Traders

It is the first of November, often celebrated as All Saints’ Day. For me, the day started out with cloudy skies and a light drizzle as I walked to Biltmore Coffee Traders.

It is also the first day of the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge (Details are available on Writer’s Digest website.). Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, Robert Lee Brewer, offers this writing prompt: “write an appearing poem.”

It is not necessary to use a writing prompt for the challenge, but it is a helpful tool. How about you? Have you started composing your first poem for the challenge?


01. I did not watch the Super Bowl.
02. I am working at Biltmore Coffee Traders via their WiFi.
03. I find it ironic that Al Gore is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Inconvenient Truth when most of the US is experiencing record cold temperatures…
04. and I find it truly ironic that Rush Limbaugh is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize–it must be the dawn of a new ice age.
05. My feet are really cold…
06. and my office is so cold, like 50 degrees, that I am forced to migrate between Asheville’s WiFi hotspots…
07. and I rather enjoy the life of a WiFi nomad and may never return to the 10×10 windowless office…
08. and a French lady from Wisconsin called to tell me it is snowing and would I like to buy a house.
09. I think I need another coffee.
10. Sorry I didn’t say hi, EM, I was meeting with a client.