You are the centre of the universe
in the little drama you’ve created.
You make all the decisions
about setting and plot.
You choose the theme and the conflict.
You carefully select the characters.

You will,
of course,
play the protagonist,
propelling the story forward
through all sorts of odious obstructions.
And doing so with the heart of a hero.

I have no quarrel with this.
You tell the most wonderfully tall tales
with richly complex and exaggerated elements.
But I am at odds with the fact
that you insist
on casting me
as your nemesis.

 

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PAD 19 in November

Pick one of these prompts for your poem today:

  1. Write a protagonist poem
  2. Write an antagonist poem