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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 25 Prompt for Friday April 25, 2014 Posted April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

Welcome to Day 25 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. 24 down… 6 to go fellow NaPoWriMers. Thanks for reading, participating, observing, commenting, linking and caring about poetry and NaPoWriMo. Roll up those sleeves and write a poem a day for the next 6 days! ENJOY!

Now for Friday’s April 25th, 2014 NaPoWriMo prompt

PROMPT 25 – Write a Centro

Centro is a Poetry form.

The word Centro is from a latin word meaning ‘patchwork’ and the form asks you to create a collage from lines and phrases written by other poets.

I’ve used Poets.Org the website of the Academy of American Poets to explain this form.

“Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources. Early examples can be found in the work of Homer and Virgil.”

Modern Centros often create witty irony, humor, absurdity or profound meaning from juxtaposing image and idea from lines, phrases and words borrowed from several poems and poets. Some Centro Poems create a poem full of various voices that capture a place and time or a specific group of poets that were contemporaries and friends of each other. It is not necessary that YOU have to do this, but you might want to. Do not add more than a couple of connecting words (if you absolutely need to do this at all) to create your Centro. List the poets and poems you use at the end of your poem. Have FUN putting together your Centro!

Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 24

Prompt 24 suggested that you write a whimsical clerihew

Or maybe even two.
In case you were wondering what I would do
I wrote a few
To be exact, four clerihew
Now I’ll post them all for you.

Not Quite an Oscar Winning Clerihew
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Handsome, rich actor Ben Affleck
Was, truth be told, a bit of a wreck
He felt as if he had been stabbed with a sword
when he wasn’t nominated for an Argo director’s Oscar Award.

A Presidential Clerihew
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Now a lot of people thought this guy named Barack Obama
Had about as much chance of being President as a Llama
He was called names, hated by the racist Klan
Yet followed through on his slogan; Yes, We Can

A Clerihew HOWL
By Christopher J. Jarmick

The famous Alan Ginsberg poem HOWL
was more angry loud shout than quiet growl
Sensation was caused; quite impolite and unclean
And soon it was on trial for being obscene

A Magic Carpet Clerihew
By Christopher J. Jarmick

For years I’ve been a fan of Steppenwolf-founder John Kay
Which is why perhaps I’ve just got to say
It’s really quite the embarrassing shame
Born to Be Wild maker’s not yet in the Rock –N-Roll Hall of Fame.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here.

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 24 Prompt for Thursday April 24, 2014 Posted April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

“I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.”
― Langston Hughes

Welcome to Day 24 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We’re making the final turn and about to be on that homestretch. Mostly it’s been fun concocting challenges and prompts for you and myself and a few of my writes will likely wind up being above average poems! I pushed myself a little bit and wrote some things I would not otherwise have attempted. ENJOY!

Now for Thursday, April 24th , 2014 prompt

Prompt 24 : Write a clerihew.

What?

The clerihew is a little tricky but a really fun poetry form to try to write (you’ll see why in a moment). It’s a whimsical form (usually short) using forced rhymes that was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley and popularized in several poetry collections he published. One of his best known from 1905 is this one:

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.

Here are the rules in writing a clerihew:

Rhyme scheme is AA BB (and continued in that pattern CC, DD, etc. until you are done.). Note: The end of the first line, rhymes with the end of the second line (A A) . The next couplet (two lines) should not rhyme with the first two lines. In the above example line three ends with calls and line four ends with Paul’s creating B B. If you continue beyond that you can create a new rhyme C C or do another A A rhyme and your next couplet could be DD or BB. You get the idea I hope regarding the rhyme.

Rule 2: The first line is the name of the poem’s subject, and it is usually a famous well known person. It is best to end the first line with that person’s name and then be creative in how you rhyme something to it (it can be very silly and forced).

Rule 3: It is often four lines long (but can be longer) and the lines vary length and meter for comical, whimsical effect.

Have fun writing one or two of these.

Here is what I wrote for Prompt 23

The quote I used today (above) popped out at me, since it fits in so well with what I wrote for Prompt 23. It’s coincidence since my write was done BEFORE I saw and picked this quote from my collection. It must have been in my subconscious.

Prompt 23 suggested you write two or more Poem Starters from the following suggested 10 words: Basin, departed, weary, dance, journey, pocket, river, corner, children, guitar.

I did a two part Poem Starter , each one using all 10 words that sort of tell a story. I did a couple of others that use 5 or 6 of the words in each.

Poem Starter 1423 (Part 1)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Weary from the children,the dance;
he departed taking his guitar from the corner
to embark on a slow journey
but first stop was the river basin, to empty his
pockets and write a song about
having more than he could carry.

Poem Starter 1423.5
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Using: Basin, departed,, river, corner, and guitar

In the corner of the Basin Nightclub
was a guitar, a since departed Bluesman swore
was given to him by Robert Johnson
on the shores of Mississippi river.

Poem Starter 1423.75
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Using: departed, weary, dance, corner, children, guitar

When the weary dancers departed, the children
followed the guitar player who somehow completely
vanished around the corner.

Poem Starter 1423 (Part 2)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

At the bottom of the basin they found
the departed Hobo’s guitar realizing he was Westbound.
The children gathered every October in Croft Corner
to watch him dance and play
which he did no matter
how weary, hungry or empty
his pockets were.

*Westbound is Hobo lingo for dead

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 23 Prompt for Wednesday April 23, 2014 Posted April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

“I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendos
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.”
Wallace Stevens

Welcome to Day 23 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. Well we’ve one week to go! Again congratulations for participating in NaPoWriMo. If you’ve been observing, thank you for that if the muse allows feel personally invited to write a poem a day for the next 7 days. It’s invigorating and though the work is usually rough first draft, I know several new fully developed poems will grow from my efforts this month. ENJOY!

Now for today’s prompt

Prompt 23 Write two or more Poem Starters from the following suggested 10 words:

Basin, departed, weary, dance, journey, pocket, river, corner, children, guitar

Use 3 to 4 of these words per Poem Starter. 4 to 6 lines is best. Title your work Poem Starter (and then a number like 100…for instance).

My Poem Starters are a very loose form of poetry. 2 to 8 lines (usually less than 40 characters per line) and they embrace the idea of the one-liner or punch line and can be about anything you want, but should feel like a thought or idea that is compact and might lead to a longer poem (though they are complete as they are). They also embrace the idea that rules were made to be broken, so these ‘rules’ should be considered suggestions. (I follow the rules a little more carefully in recent times, but certainly didn’t as I developed it starting back in 2003) You don’t have to create a meter or rhyme unless you want to.

I published a book of them in 2010 (that you’ll find at Amazon or better yet Lulu.com since I actually make 3 or 4 dollars per book sold from there). Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares by Christopher J. Jarmick is what it’s called.

The Titles should be Poem Starter and a number. . . the number might have a meaning of some sort that has a relationship to the poem, though it can be personal and obtuse (and you don’t have to explain if there is any relationship to the number). I’ve written many Poem Starters where the number links to the content in some ways and I’ve written many where the date it was written is represented in the number and in many cases the number means absolutely nothing at all. Have fun with it.

Yesterday’s PROMPT 22 suggested you write a poem/lyrics inspired by a piece of instrumental music (any style).

I wrote lyrics to a beautiful instrumental by Claude Bourbon called Up in the Attic that’s on his The Travelling Man CD from Frog Records 2008.

To The One I Let Run Free (Up in the Attic)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Long ago
in my youth
there’s a girl
French accent
didn’t know her name

summer time
missed my train
saw brown hair
violet eyes
what was she doing there

This must be fate
her train was late
soon she didn’t care

I made her laugh
she needed that
we made some plans

we left the trains
walked down crowded streets
Then she told me
I won’t deceive
There’s a man I love
But one I can’t believe.

Walk with me on these city streets
As if we didn’t care
Walk with me on these city streets
As if we did not care
As if we were a pair

Meant to be
You and me

Newborn passion not a lie
Would it… never, never die

Now kiss me deep, and make a boast I need to hear you
Say I’m the lover you’ll miss most
Then let me go back home

I see her face
I feel her hand,
but I’m not sad
I kissed her lips
Didn’t know her name
But hear her laugh
I still can hear her laugh

To the one, I let run free.

Note: I met and performed with Claude Bourbon 2 years ago at a Words and Music House Concert in Vaughn, Washington. I did poetry, he did music and as an encore he played some music as I talk-sang some poetry in an improvisational style. We talked about possibly writing a few songs together. He lives in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, and is originally from Payerne, Switzerland. I knew we would be performing together on May 24th, of 2014 in Vaughn Washington and have been thinking about writing a song to the Up in the Attic music. I worked on this about 4 hours, and told Claude I would be doing this….which he is looking forward to. it’s likely we’ll do the song as a duet at the House concert in May (with probably about 15 minutes rehearsal before-hand). The NaPoWriMo prompt enforced a tough deadline to keep and I’m fairly satisfied with the result… looking forward to its next incarnation!

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 22 Prompt for Tuesday April 22, 2014 Posted April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”
W.B. Yeats

Welcome to Day 22 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. There’s just 8 more to go!!! As usual let me congratulate you for your efforts, encourage you to keep going and if you are able do your very best to write a poem each and every day until we are done.

Now for today’s prompt.

Tuesday April 22nd Prompt

PROMPT 22 Write a Poem (or Lyrics) inspired by a piece of instrumental music (any style).

Write some song lyrics to a piece of instrumental music that does not have any lyrics. OR. . . since this is difficult to do in a limited amount of time; write a poem that is inspired by an instrumental piece of music (any genre including rock, electronic, jazz, classical, country etc.). Tell us what the song or inspiration was.

Yesterday’s prompt 21 suggested that you write a Parody of a well-known rhyming poem. I wrote these.

NURSERY RHYMES RE-WRITTEN FOR OUR TIMES
By Christopher J. Jarmick

1 . Dexter Texter

Dexter Texter driving his Nash
Dexter Texter had a big crash
All the policemen and all the good doctors
Couldn’t put Dexter together again.

1. (Not Hickory, Dickery Dock)

Blue Cross, Kaiser doc,
Your patient care’s on the clock
The clock struck one
And now your done
Blue Cross, Kaiser doc.

2. Hush Now Senator (Not Hush Little Baby- Mockingbird)

Hush, now Senator don’t pass that bill,
and we’ll by flying you
to a fancy resort

And if that resort won’t do
we’re going to buy you
good TV coverage too.

And if that coverage turns sour
we’re going to buy you
exra influence and power

And if that power doesn’t float
we’re gonna buy you
an extra vote

And if that vote should abstain
we’re gonna buy you
jobs back home to ease the pain.

And if those jobs unionize
we’re gonna buy you
a judge and strategize.

And if that judge won’t play ball
we’re gonna buy you his impeachment
but that’s not all.

Hush now Senator, just sit on your hands
And we’ll soon buy your election
as leader of these lands.

NAPOWRIMO (With apologies to Dr. Seuss)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

I am Chris
Chris, you know

That Chris, you know
That Chris, you know
I do not like
that Chris, you know.

Do you like NaPoWriMo?

I do not like it , please just go
I’d rather watch my T.V. show.

You could write one in your chair
Rhyme one with a word like hair

I won’t write one here or there
I won’t write one, I don’t care
I much prefer to sit and stare.
I do not NaPoWriMo.
I do not like it, Chris, just go

Let me show you
It’s such fun
Let me show you
‘fore I run.

I do not like them
It’s not fun
I do not like them
Go and run

Would you? Could you?
on a dare?
Write one, Write one,
And then share..

I would not, could not,
on a dare.
Will not write one
Will not share

You would love it
Can’t you see
You would love it
Believe me.
Would you write one
In a car?
Would you write one
‘bout a star?

Not in a car,
‘bout a star
Not on a dare
I will not share
I won’t write one here or there
I much prefer to sit and stare.
I do not NaPoWriMo.
I do not like it, Chris, just go

Try it! Try It
Don’t say no
Try it! Try It!
Then I’ll go!

Say!
This really ain’t so bad
Say!
I don’t feel as sad!
I could write one here or there
Even as I sit and stare.
I could do this in a car
Even one’ bout a star
I’ll write one a dare
about my thinning hair
And yes I’ll even share

I do so like NaPoWriMo
Thank you! Thank you,
Chris, I know.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 21 Prompt for Monday April 21, 2014 Posted April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014

“I want to see thirst
In the syllables,
Tough fire
In the sound;
Feel through the dark
For the scream.”
Pablo Neruda

Welcome to Day 21 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We are on our final lap. Just 10 more to go. Are you pushing yourself a little to continue writing each and every day? Some days are easy, some are difficult but I always learn something new during NaPoWriMo and I also wind up writing some interesting poems that are worth keeping and sharing (and a few that are certainly cringe worthy). There’s still time to participate and write a poem a day for the rest of the month.

Now for today’s prompt.

Sunday April 20th Prompt

PROMPT 21 Write a Parody of a well known poem

Find a rhyming poem you are familiar with or is among one of your favorites (Use something other than Twas the Night Before Christmas) and write a humorous parody poem using the same meter and rhyme scheme/pattern as the original poem. You can be satirical or just silly with your creation. It’s challenging, fun and you also learn how to write a specific form or in a specific discipline by doing this. Sometimes the poem you make is good enough to share and is quite entertaining to read to others.

The Wedding Photograph
By Christopher J. Jarmick

In the wedding photograph,
my father looks barely old enough to drive
and nervous, anxious,
a fish out of water, too skinny,
(ears a bit too large),
dressed in a fancy tux,
extra wide tie
big white carnation
attempting a smile
despite knowing his life
will be completely different
from this day forth.

 

Look closer. . .

Giant ferns in the background
of the table they share
The wedding cake topper
out of focus in the foreground
in front of dad;
two candles burning
in front of mom.
Her arm through his,
their hands together
just below his breast jacket pocket.
Is hers balled into a fist
his wrapped around it?

My mom looks composed.
wearing her diaphanous wedding veil
her white wedding gown.
a woman who has gotten what she wanted.
In this moment
she looks both happy and proud
accepting this is how things
are supposed to be.
The worries, the second guesses,
the preparations
of this day behind her.
She’s here, at the Bride and Groom table
with family, friends, clean linens, champagne
and the man she loves.

 

But Dad is still settling into
what all this means for him.
He knows she is a prize,
beautiful
And he wanted this. . .
But she can’t simply be placed
neatly into his life,
everything changes now
and maybe he isn’t as ready
for it as he thought.

What am I doing here?
No, I mean I’m happy to be here,
Surreal, but really happening!
Look at all these people,
taking pictures,
so many pictures,
a fancy reception
— All this attention on us.
He’s resolved that his marriage will
be happier than his parents.
He will avoid making some of the mistakes
his father made.
Vaguely he knows soon they will have a
place of their own
a Masters degree in electrical engineering
and children pehaps.
Yes, this is a glorious day
Everything hoped for. . .
My wife is so happy,
able to look so poised and beautiful
for this picture.
I must look proud and happy too.
I can do this.

And now, their son
holds this memory
from 60 years and more
than three thousand away
quickly composing some
revisionist words of a time
and place he never knew;
seeing his Dad as a young
overwhelmed young man
at the beginning of what
will define the rest of his life.

(Note: For the record, I’m sure my mom was every bit as nervous and anxious as Dad, though she looks in the photograph a bit more composed and photogenic than my father.).

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 20 Prompt for Sunday April 20, 2014 Posted April 19, 2014

April 19, 2014

“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.”
Maya Angelou

 

Welcome to Day 20 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. There’s no fanfare or parade for getting to the two-third mark of the challenge, but if you close your eyes . . . Still plenty of time to write a poem a day from right now till the end of the month, so if you aren’t already committed, feel free to join in.

Now for today’s prompt.

Sunday April 20th Prompt

Prompt 20 – Write a Poem about a family photograph
What will you write about a family photograph that captured a moment from years ago. Something sweet and sentimental? Something humorous and or revealing? Explore the photograph, and what it evokes in you today through your write.
Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 19 which suggested you write a Gripe or complaint poem.

Not A Complaint Poem
by Christopher J. Jarmick

I could complain
’bout hypocrites, politics,
bad drivers, high prices
dumb movies, TV,
lousy music, damn kids

enough to make you insane
but I’ll restrain myself
and not complain.

Just 25 bucks
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Dishwasher’s definitely broke.
It’s something rarely seen
with this superior brand of machine
But not cheaper to keep her
Repair almost as much as new one.
How much do I owe you?
“Well you save 25 bucks with that coupon
So just 50 bucks today.
Sorry for the bad news
But it could have been worse
Saved 25 bucks!”

Price compare
New Consumer Reports approved best buy.
Appliance store sales clerk
seems like a nice enough guy.
Model you want is on sale – no joke
And Easy no interest 18 month financing
means you won’t be flat broke
More good news, he tells me, is on the way
Probably won’t get a bill at all for 60 days!

But the bill arrives a week after new washer
with minimum payment
25 bucks
due in 10 days.
But just my fate
Though I send it off in a week
But they claim it was processed a day too late
So they charge 25 bucks.
25 bucks? Is this my fate?
$25 bucks?
Okay only 25 bucks, what’s 25 bucks
No big deal this 25 bucks… but hey wait wait
This ain’t right.
Minimum payments is just 25 bucks,
But a day late and it’s another 25 bucks

Just 25 bucks, no big deal 25 bucks
Only 25 bucks, what’s 25 bucks.

I wonder if it’s a scam
How many pay it
But the salesman said
I wouldn’t get the bill right away.
He shouldn’t have said that
But he did say that
How do we know he really said that.
Does it seem fair that I had less than two weeks
to start paying this bill
Not anything we can do
Should I really pay this
And feel angry and blue?
Just 25 bucks, no big deal 25 bucks
Only 25 bucks, what’s 25 bucks.

Cop pulls me over
Says my brake light is out
Should I moan and shout?
Just got my car back from the garage
600 bucks I lost
And now another
New repair cost.
“License and registration
and proof of insurance please.”
Smile nice, Chris
Don’t share your consternation
“This insurance card expired last week.”
I hand over another,
Not the one I seek
It’s even older so I hand him a statement
Counting on at least some good will
But he shakes his head,
“That’s not proof, just a bill.
I’ll be right back.”

10 minutes later there’s a ticket.
“Not giving you one for the brake light
That wouldn’t be right
But I wrote you up for not having insurance
Might cost you 550 bucks
But you won’t have to pay
Don’t worry.”

“What’s that you say?”
“Show the courthouse clerk
you have current insurance
and aren’t some irresponsible jerk
and all will be good.”
“550 bucks would give me a fright
So,l thanks I suppose.”
“Yep have a good night.”

One week goes by
My time does fly
I drive to the courthouse
Park for free
There’s a clerk
I need to see. . .
“Officer said this will be dismissed
little more than a canard
and I won’t to have to pay
long as I show you my insurance card.”
“That is correct
Ticket is dismissed,
you won’t have to pay
except a 25 dollar administration fee!”

“What’s that you say. . .
25 bucks?”
“Yes, the administration fee”
I see.
I didn’t commit a crime
I drive across town
wasting my free time
to handle this minor infraction.
I could get angry and blue
but that’s not the best thing to do;
Hell… it’s
just 25 bucks, no big deal 25 bucks
only 25 bucks, what’s 25 bucks.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 19 Prompt for Saturday April 19, 2014 Posted April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Welcome to Day 19 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. Have you been able to write 18 poems? Congratulations… keep up the great work. If you haven’t written a poem every day, you can set a goal to write 11 poems in the next 11 days. Believe me setting a goal and following through and reaching it builds self-confidence and makes you feel better about yourself. You put your mind and a little time toward it and you can get it done. Try it.

Now for today’s prompt.

Saturday April 19th Prompt

Prompt 19 – Write a Gripe Poem

 
What’s been bugging you later? What’s getting on your nerves? . If you have a little nit that’s about to blister, or your mad as hell, it’s time to yell… well in a poem anyway. Time to air your gripe, your complaint… but you’ll have to do it in a poem, and if turns out to be a rhyming, sing-song sort of poem well that’s even better.

PROMPT 18 – suggested you write an Acrostic Poem.
Here’s what I came up with:

Poem Starter 1418
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Short sayings
Have greater impact more
Often than not.

Rather than repeat
Try to write more concisely.

(Notes: 1. The first letter of each line spells out SHORT. 2. There’s a touch of sarcasm here—the word MORE is unnecessary making the short poem LESS concise than it could be. For that matter, the phrase ‘more often than not’ is also in the strictest sense not necessary and rather cliché and trite – - though it does get me to the letter O in the third line. I don’t usually comment on my writings like this, but NaPoWriMo attracts poets and writers of all different types and sometimes a little teaching is a good thing.)

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Waits
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Troubadour
Of the highest order
Mimics diverse musical styles

With unique, clever twists
And distinctive voice
Inhabiting various personas
Timeless quirky inventive
Singer songwriter soars above most.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

THIS IS JUST TO SAY
By Christopher J. Jarmick

This is just to say
He knew
It was wrong
Stealing the fruit from the

Icebox.
Still he

Just couldn’t resist the
Unexpected temptation the
Sweet plums offered
Torturing his senses with

Tantalizing promise of culinary delight.
Of course once his palate was

Satiated he felt remorse
And a bit of guilt leading him to write
Yet another poem.

(This Is Just To Say is spelled out in the first letter of each line of this poem which is a tribute to the one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets, William Carlos Williams entitled This is Just to Say, which if you don’t know it, I encourage you to google it right now and enjoy it. It is a very short memorable poem.) Oh okay… Click here to read: THIS IS JUST TO SAY http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15535

Keep writing!!!
Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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