May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
And may ye be in heaven a half-hour
Afore the devil knows ye’re dead!
- – -+Traditional Irish Toast
Welcome to Day 16 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. A toast like the one above is in order for all of you who are making an effort to write a +poem-a-day . Jump right on in and start writing your poems, or if you missed a few days, get back on the proverbial horse and start riding again.
Now for today’s prompt.
Wednesday April 16th Prompt
PROMPT 16 – Write a Poetic Toast
A poet I know, Brendan McBreen, reminded me recently that one of the best Northwest Poets Jack McCarthy once advised that all poets should write a Toast or two. The Toast is sort of a lost art these days, but used to be far more interesting and creative than simply raising a glass and saying here’s to…the bride and groom. Toasts which were sometimes also ‘roasts’ honored a special guest or a special occasion. So let’s write a toast or two (at least 4 lines) to a person or thing you have never toasted/roasted before.
(Notes: Brendan McBreen is a poet from Auburn, Washington, a member of Striped Water Poets who is currently studying abroad in Australia and sometimes writes in his blog Elsewhere in the Rain. Normally he would be participating in NaPoWriMo but his intense studies prevent it this year, though he has a goal of writing 100 poems in 100 different forms before the end of the year.)
Jack McCarthy was a dear friend and an incredible beloved poet who passed in January of 2013. Jack McCarthy website.
HERES WHAT I WROTE FOR PROMPT 15 – Create a cross-out / erasure Found poem. I wrote two from the same text as you shall see.
Billy Graham’s 1958 Sermon: What’s Wrong with the World Abridged in an Poem
by Christopher J. Jarmick
I have been sinful .There is wickedness,
adulteries,murders, an evil eye, blasphemy,
terribly wrong racial tension,war , crime
We are basically unhappy, we’re facing problems:
within ourselves, with money. You cannot
control human nature. Man has a disease called Sin.
All vile things from within ( greed, deceipt, lies,)
put all together produce war, poverty and sin.
Bible describes sin as a free being
rebelling against God, transgression against conscience;
every one is guilty, responsible.
Don’t blame Adam! Bible says you have evil thoughts too
You cheated, told lie deliberately.
Jesus said evils devour the society.
Problems of world not social, not poverty, but sin.
Sin means failure. No remedy for it.
God says I’ll bury them all in the depths of the seas .
Tonight give life to Christ. God will help you.
Alternate Version of Billy Grahams 1958 Sermon
By Christopher J. Jarmick
What’s Wrong with Sin? America is bored.
Within ourselves we find peace and relaxation too.
Bible teaches sin, Ladies, Gentlemen
put evil things together and man will be happy.
Vile wickedness comes from inside the man.
Build utopia. God did want man to sin and lie.
We are all sinners. God doesn’t see us.
Weakness of God, stronger than the foolishness of man.
Confused? Mixed up? I’d like to shake you up.
People work hard for sin. Rebel. Ask- What’s Wrong with sin?
(Billy Graham’s sermon in text is nearly 5000 words. I created the Cliff Notes/Abridged version in this poem version of it and the alternate version. I used alternating 10 and 13 line syllables.)
Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014
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The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’
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