In addition to the November novel-writing mania and the blog-a-day quest, there is the November PAD (poem a day) Chapbook Challenge, with a prompt for each day. Yesterday’s goal was to “take the phrase ‘Keep This (blank),’ replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Keep This a Secret,’ ‘Keep This Letter,’ ‘Keep This Moment,’ or ‘Keep This Poem.'”

After a tiring round of mental calisthenics, mind-jump-roping over all the potential phrases associated with keep, and looking it up in the dictionary and the concordance, I eventually settled on the following:

Keep This Going

This life won’t keep.

Just keep your lamp burning, dressed, ready for service.

Keep these words within your heart,

for there is a time to keep and a time to give away.

When you keep on doing what you do not want to do, follow Him

who keeps your foot from falling,

who keeps you in perfect peace.

Keep yourself in God’s love

for He will keep His promises.

Finish the race, keep the faith.

Keep this going.


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