Archive for April, 2010


NaPoWriMo Day 30 Poems, Prompts and challenges for Friday April 30th, 2010

April 30, 2010

To have great poets, there must be great audiences
– Walt Whitman

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts,
poetry cleanses. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Ta-da. Day 30. The big finale. NaPoWriMo 2010 comes to an end. Hopefully you’ve challenged yourself to write, be creative, post your scribbling in all of their not quite perfected
glory. Did you manage to drop the
excuses, the hesitations, and get something out into the world? Did you do 5 poems you never thought you
would write? 10? 30? Bravo. Hopefully something was started. Hopefully you had fun and
enjoyed it too.

Went a little crazy last night… here’s the results.

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo #30

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Send us original copy of your most recent U.S. Passport,

Social Security Card, Marriage License

Sample of blood. First born

and at least $75 dollars.

Okay, kidding about first born.

Septolet for 4/30/2010

By T & C.J.

Seersucker limits

Taut truth

Echoed evidence

Dented blemish

Pastel plaid reminder


Life remains

SEPTOLET 4/30/2010 By T & C.J.

Traffic control patterns



Radar gun

Hovering vultures


Eat my dust.

Septolet 4/30/2010 By C.J. & T

Crumpled Note

Pocket drop

Voyuer’s delight

Dinner receipts

Eggs bennedict

Generous tip

SEPTOLET 4/30/2010 by Chris J & T

Fandango series

Ticket critters

Dance steps

$1 Fridays

Musical sting

Lights dimmed

Final chase



Prompt Poem 1 :

The C word

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Christophoros begat Cristoffer,

begat Christopher

Christos – Christ

Phero- to bear, carry.

Legend has a tall strong man

carrying a young Jesus across a river

being named Saint Christopher, patron

saint of travelers.

Christoffer, name of 3 Denmark Kings

in the 15th Century.

Kris Kringle alias Santa

Christophers Columbus to Robin,

devilish Lee to super Reeve and Batman’s Nolan

And the singer Christopher Cross who sang

the Theme to Arthur and won an Oscar, caught

between the moon and the New York city.

Dark Rubber Souls of the Moon

By Christopher J. Jarmick

As I was walking up here on stage, I thought surely

these votes were cast in Florida and mis-counted.

I sing only slightly better than the tone-deaf stepchild of Bob Dylan

and Leonard Cohen but I want to thank my wildest fantasies

for putting you here in front of me, because reality has

left this picture. I will play along, thank the members

who heard the dreams of a 5 year old boy who after buying his

first 45 single, Mr. Bass Man, dreamed of recording with the

Beatles, hanging out with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

I didn’t expect to win, didn’t write anything to read,

Quite honestly I’m not sure how I was even in the auditorium

Because most Grammy shows stink and feature utterly mediocre performances

From the latest Madonna, Miley Cyrus or improved Milli Vanilli wanna-bes.

Pardon me, I don’t mean to seem ungrateful, because this is truly

an honor, so remarkable I can’t even imagine it in a dream.

So what do I say? I’d like to thank several of the people in this room

who write songs, not for the money, or the fame, or the clothes they get

to keep after they make a video, but because they have to write and make

music or they would lose their minds. The real life Leonard Cohens, and

Tom Petty’s and hundreds of you that don’t merely manufacture music on a schedule

dictated by the stockholders of the multi-national conglomerate that owns what’s left of the

music business? I didn’t mean for that to come out so harshly, this is an

an unbelievable overwhelming honor. I must either actually deserve or for some reason you think I deserve it.. so I

thank you.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for April

NaPoWrimo challenge prompt for Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hey it’s the last day of NaPoWrimo.

Write a poem about your name. You can use the history of your name, where the root of your name comes from and what it means, or you can make something up about what your name means. You can
write a poem about other people who have had your name and what they did. Write about your name… but not about
yourself. You can do a bit of research on first name etymology and history
right here: .


You suddenly find yourself in the audience of the Grammy Awards show.. and your name is called as the winner for THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Write a poem, with the album
title as the title of your poem . Your acceptance speech is a poem (free-verse or form, rhyming or not). Congratulations by the way.

I double dog dare you to write 2 poems . Write one for each prompt. You can post one today.. and one tomorrow as a Bonus May 1st NaPoWrimo

The ReadWrite Challenge today is a ‘free day’. Write what you want, how you want, anyway you want. Congratulations. (We also will probably be saying goodbye to read-write as the site is planning to go away shortly.

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


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to
find out more about it.


NaPoWriMo Day 29, poems, prompts & challenges for Wednesday April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010

And then there were just 2 days left of NaPoWrimo 2010.   Write a poem or two today, right now, this afternoon, tonight…. It can be done.    Here’s my contributions for today….

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  #29

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I stubbed my foot on a bible

after the dictionary fell off the table.

Probably doesn’t mean anything

at all.

Septolet  for   4/29/2010

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Many are

One line wonders


By a phrase

Perfect lines

Poem, age, face


Septolet 4/29/2010   1

C.J.  & T.

Tender Tension

Change rains

Friends depart

Acknowledged accomplishments

Goodbyes avoided

Fledglings un-nested

Flight time.

Septolet 4/29/2010  2

By C.J. & T

Springer Veneer

Moral potholes

Jerry’s asphalt

Emotional over-eaters

Monkey audience

Flashing narcissists

Knock-out bells



By  Christopher J. Jarmick

Peace doesn’t glide in gracefully

on the wings of a white dove;

Offense is the best defense,

We learned that message about power

and might during World War 2.

Attack sharply, decisively

or compromise and end up in a


Call the War in Iraq; Tough love

We need to stabilize extremist dictators

and dangerous cultures.

insist they civilize themselves into

a saner democracy.

War is NOT evil.  War is part of

Humanity, civilization and we must

use it, wage it, fight it, rightly.

It may take many years, but

the world will be a safer, saner

place and there will be better

political systems. Together we will

create a beautiful

multi-colored patchwork

quilt and then we’ll enjoy

peace, tranquility and

pray to God together as a

united people, in a united world.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge  for Thursday,  April 29th, 2010

It’s almost the end of NaPoWrimo.

Time to write as if you are someone other than yourself.  First… think about an issue that you believe pretty strongly in.  could be global warming, could be women’s rights, could be taxes, could be UFOs, could be health care.   Write from the perspective of someone who has the exact opposite opinion as you actually have.   Write the poem using a different voice than you normally would use…. (in other words if you usually write without a lot humor… use a lot of humor… if you write with a lot of subtlety, be anything but subtle, if you use only a few words, write with too many words… etc.

Read Write Poem member D.S. Apfelbaum recalls what William Carlos Williams once wrote, “It is difficult/ to get the news from poems,” but asks, “Who says you can’t get poems from the news?”

For this prompt, choose your favorite newspaper or online news provider. Jot down five to ten headlines that jump out at you and without reading the articles, select elements from each headline to create a new event about which your poem reports.

Alternately, let short-format sections inspire you. Write a poem in the form of an obituary, a personal ad, a classified ad, etc. (Bonus points if you can pull off a poem in the form of a crossword puzzle.)

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


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community.  His latest book is called  IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.


NaPoWriMo 28, Poems, prompts and challenges for April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

Day 28 And then there were three more NaPoWriMo April days. Write something today. Enjoy the gift of creating. Poem Starter and Prompt Poem I wrote in the last 12 hours…and a Septolet written by Teresa and I
alternating lines.

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo #28

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Too much oil sucked from the earth,
The plates scrape and crumble without
the earth grease inside until in anger,
in warning, a shaking, an inner explosion.

Septolet for 4/28 /2010

Chipped paint
cloud formation
back door
secret passage

wrought iron ivy
sand box


(There’s two sides or more to every story.)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

I turn the other cheek,
I pretend you didn’t do that, say that
pretend you weren’t capable of such
masterful manipulation.

You took the knife and plunged it deep and then
slowly, twisted, cut, ripped, tore, gored, with
a sweet smile on your face
3 alibis already practiced
in case one is not enough and two still
casts doubt that you are in any way responsible,
of being mean, bitchy, cruel.

You didn’t get what you wanted,
You felt trapped by your willing submission.
You though this man could be saved, rebuilt,
soul-side out.
Time will wear him down,
make him give everything up,
Time to have it your way.
No play, no bend.

So as you drop the knife, and smile,
You stand there, denying you had anything to do
with the cutting.

There’s two sides or more to every story.
This is just a venting. Unfair.

No, I ‘ll not mention your
name or even make it
clear who you might be. Don’t flatter yourself and
think it was you. . . how many lifetimes did we spend
together? What did we create?
When I needed you most, you were gone, hollowed shell,
already armed with the knife, waiting, convincing yourself
you were right, justified.

There’s at least two sides to every story.
This is just raw barfing up of words on a page.
Ignore them.

I lived through it,
I am learning to walk,
to fly
be foolish,
yet again.

I sometimes want you to see
watch me rebuild,
be stronger. . .
without you.
Then, again,
I don’t want to need you
to do that

This is a venting. One side of a multi-faceted story
over-simplified, it should never be made public.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for Wednesday , April 28th, 2010

You’ve been playing along with this NaPoWriMo thing for 27 days now.
You’ve not been too bitter or mean or angry about anything…. UNTIL NOW.
Yep… let it out. It’s time to write about something you are angry
about (or have been angry about) in 12 or 20 or more lines. Let’er

Today’s Read Write prompt is provided by Julie Jordan Scott. Arthur
Koestler wrote: “The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new
insight, is an act of intuition.” Akin to a “sixth sense,” intuition
brings pieces together. It gives the gift of heightened awareness.

What does this have to do with your life and your poetry?
Take a moment to remember a breakthrough moment in your life or a
“freeze-frame” moment from long, long ago. An “a-ha” or an “epiphany”
moment or a moment that has a story yet to tell.
Let’s prepare to write a poem using our intuition intentionally today.
Write this prompt on your page: “When I remember my “a-ha moment” from
my past, I understand the place I am meant to go with my words and
poetry today is … ”

Restate the prompt as you free-write and don’t write a poem yet.
Instead, go about your business of the day purposefully not writing a

Notice surprising turns of phrases you hear. Listen to people who say
things to you that seem especially surprising, lyrics to songs.
Eavesdrop intentionally. Wait for at least 2 hours and then write your
poem from the words your intuition and your free-writing gave you.

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

Poetry is Everything

Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to
find out more about it.


NaPoWriMo 27 Poems, challenges, prompts for Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

Write a few more poems… Day 27 of NaPoWriMo. Poems,challenges and prompts are below. You can create
something today.

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo #27

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I know what you are thinking,

and am aware how annoying you believe it is

when someone tries to anticipate your next move

as if you can be read like a book.

Septolet for 4/27 /2010

Mango by choice

Tequila necessary

Seattle Lights

Concrete squids

Coconut Prawns

Salmon cherried


(4/27/10 Prompt Poem. Acrostic poem about a unique super power).


By Christopher J. Jarmick

I always knew when Mom had to go to the bathroom.

No, No I’m fine” she would

Tell Dad as we drove past the Rest Stop, but I knew she could not always wait

Until we reached our destination.

It sometimes annoyed her, I was psychically hotwired to her bladder.

Today, in a crowded room, my super

Intuition powers alerts me as to who’s in need of the restroom..

Once in a while, I neutralize arguments suggesting someone

Needs to go. How do I know? they ask. “It’s a gift.”.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for April

NaPoWrimo challenge prompt for Tuesday , April 27th , 2010

If you’ve been writing a poem every day (or nearly every day) for NaPoWriMo well obviously you have some kind of super power….. So today’s prompt. It’s true.. you had a super power. It’s an unusual super power and one that’s so specific and specialized you don’t really get to use it that much. So what’s the the super power and tell us a
story in poem about how you once used it…..

Read Write Member Carolee Sherwood wonders if you’re running on fumes like she is. She hopes her prompt takes some of the heat off and points your exhausted brain down the path where your 27th poem lies. Take a word that’s part of you — your name, your birth month, your favorite animal, your guiding principle. Write that word vertically down a page and use the letters to start the lines of a poem. When you’re done, you’ll have an acrostic poem. (Though the prompt could be as simple as “write an acrostic poem,” the word sounds scary this late in the month. This prompt is designed to ease you into the final stretch. Don’t stress too much about the word you choose, have fun..

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


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to
find out more about it.


NaPoWriMo Day 26 Poems, prompts, challenges for Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

For his part, every beauty of art or nature made him thankful as well as happy, and that the pleasure to be had in listening to fine music, as in looking at the stars in the sky, or at a beautiful landscape or picture, was a benefit for which we might thank Heaven as sincerely as for any other worldly blessing.

William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair

Last NaPoWriMo Monday 2010.  Below are poems, writing challenges, prompts.  Keep creating, writing, reading.

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  #26

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Part elephant,

but I can make myself

not remember.

So many words flowing through me

from others, myself,

I remember how to write,

say less, mean more.

Septolet  for   4/ 26 /2010  1

Fresh air drunk

Tactile overload

Tasty stones

Sandy shoes


Up, up, and


Septolet  for   4/ 26 /2010 2

Dandelion Magic

Blown away


Chew stems

Spit out

Pick another

Taste check


Untitled, Joseph Cornell  Penny Arcade Poem

(Built with fragments of a dead poem)

By Christopher J. Jarmick


I’ll still not put you

inside a box.

Insist I can define you,

trap you in a fantasy

confine you.

Though the idea of capturing an image,

exploring its glory in images

unable to be censored by anyone,

and limited only because it appears

inside a box, a frame, as a picture,

Painting, image, color, idea

You look at it now,

but I’ve already let it escape

in my dreams like a mist, evaporate into the

air.  It was for an instant as you see it, there,

just like that in my subconscious for a moment

but it was digested, absorbed

gone, turned into something else

or maybe even forgotten.

It is stabbing your eyes now,

Demanding you open yourself

to its possible or impossible meanings

And why this,


Is it the color, the idea of it, the

look she had, the memory of the image

A literal quality you won’t know

by seeing


You’re still here.   Caring enough to

want a better understanding,

believing it will cure you

of some unanswered bit of curiosity

or empower you to be even more


Art might be about games such as

these, but then it escapes

like a mist into the air

Something more, something less.

That which you remember, much later,

Resonates, haunts,

Is all that matters.

Did you dare let it touch you,

Expand you,

Do you allow yourself to let go

trust you’ll land softly?

Resent this idea inside you?

Resent you let it out?


There it is..


only someone else made it,

exposed YOU.

Takes credit for YOUR

honesty,  your idea.

Do you destroy the evidence, now?

Steal it? Can you afford to buy it? Hide it?

Or do you acquiesce, lie loudly saying it

touches something deep within you, connects,


NaPoWrimo  challenge prompt for Monday,  April 26th, 2010

It’s Monday…. You need to escape from Monday…..

Write a poem about a painting or work of art  (that we can see on a trip to Google images).   Do not describe the painting itself in the poem but rather, give an impression of the painting through color, feeling, emotion or incorporate the viewing of the painting through another action or series of thoughts.

How does it make you feel, what does it inspire, what memories are triggered?  Use the title of the painting in the title of your Poem.   Have fun.

Read Write Member Jill Crammond Wickham prompt for today reminds us about the bits and pieces of poems we may be carrying around.

Today, before you start writing, you need to do some digging. Dig through your backpack, purse or desk drawer and find a scrap of poem written on an old envelope or bank deposit slip. Unearth an old journal or notebook.

Find a poem that you started, or perhaps one you abandoned. Read it through. Highlight the lines or phrases that please you. Do not cross anything out (yet)! You now have two choices: finish the poem or take the parts you like and begin a brand new piece.

If NaPoWriMo has you a little crazy, there is a third option: take the parts you don’t like and use them to inspire a new poem.

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


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community.  His latest book is called  IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.


NaPoWrimo Day 25 poems, challenges, prompts for April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  #25

By Christopher J. Jarmick

SEC lawyer in Washington D.C.

paid to scrutinize  brokers, managers, bankers,

instead, watches and downloads

Internet porn  8 hours a day.

Cheats millions.

Septolet  for   4/25/2010

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Large size woman


Commercial during

Family hour

On network

Banned ; not

skinny enough

SEPTOLET  4/25/2010

Maintenance Price

Unforgettable expense

Daily dole

Planned obsolescence

Paycheck pain

Stretched thin

Break up


(double prompt)


By Christopher J. Jarmick

Searching for the words I swear,

To rhyme, keep time, beware.

Let me explain, if you,please,

nearly perfect spring evening,

blooming cherry blossom, magnificent magnolia trees

Shining bright in the orange light

Of a spectacular sunset,  distracted me

completely last night.

I said yes to the C.I.A. agents, you see

who needed my assistance

in their  high stake fight

against a terrorist resistance

whose leader was seen,  just a mile

from where I stood by the lake.

My service was needed, for a short while

There was so much at stake,

And for my country’s sake,

I could not hesitate to assist.

I’ve said too much and must resist

Speaking of this any more

Please don’t throw me out the door,

It was you I was fighting for.

Understand also, that I may

Have to be late

on yet another  day.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for April 25

NaPoWrimo  challenge prompt for Sunday,  April 25th, 2010

You’re late for work or an important date,  because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. (your date doesn’t tolerate lateness)  He or she  does love entertaining stories however, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late.  And please try to make it rhyme…..

The prompt from Read Write member Joseph Harker:  Keep an ear out for the first sentence (or even word) that is said to you after you read this prompt. (Poetic license: If the first few words are exceptionally boring, wait for the first uncommon or peculiar one.) Take that word/sentence — it could be “mango” or “exemplar” or “have you ever been to this Ethiopian restaurant?” — and build a poem around it. Maybe you have deep thoughts on mangoes or a narrative of heartbreak and spicy injera from the restaurant mentioned. Trust in fate.

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


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community.  His latest book is called  IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.


NaPoWriMo Day 24 Poems, challenge and prompt from April 24, 2010

April 23, 2010

A  life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spend doing nothing – George Bernard Shaw   It’s NaPoWriMo  Day 24 folks!!!

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  #24

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The Book of Five Rings;

good one for strategy, blog says.

Volcano affects grain prices

But will improve soils, crops

eventually says another, so invest accordingly.

Ukuleles are getting more popular.

Septolet  4/24/2010 1

Candid remark

Raised brows

Disapproving glance


Deep breath

Pray for mercy

A kiss

Syllable Septolet 4/24/2010



Winter moon

Time waited for

Passion’s birth




Syllable Septolet  for   4/24/2010

By Christopher J. Jarmick


Did the

beds catch fire?

How did the mouse

eat all of

the damn



(w/Read Write and Mine)

Septolet 4/24/2010

Abated breath

Held in suspense

Trap set

Fool enters


Venice Merchant

Cheshire grin.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for April 24,2010

NaPoWrimo  challenge prompt forSatuday ,  April 24th , 2010

TODAY’S PROMPT:  I’ve been writing a Septolet  every day in addition to other poems for this year’s NaPoWriMo.   It’s a lesser known French form and there’s two ways of doing a Septolet.  So let’s write one of each today.

Write two different types of Septolets today.

Septolet 1:    Total of 14 words in 7 lines, no line should have more than three words.  The poem should relate to one subject, object, thought or feeling.  The first four lines create a coherent picture or thought, the last three lines create another.  Each could stand separately, but both are related.

Septolet 2:   Line 1  has one syllable,  Line 2  has two,  Line 3  has 3,  Line 4 has 4 syllables,   space,  Line 5 has 3,  Line 6 has 2,  Line 7 has one syllable.     Poem should relate to one thought, feeling, object, place.

I usually do this in collaboration.   I will write every other line.    Sometimes I start, sometimes I follow.  Remarkable what results sometimes.  Feel free to do it this way as well.  Do two of them if you are doing it this way.

Read Write member Marie Gauthier wants you to investigate word origins at Phrase Finder… like “Left in the Lurch” There are suggestions that lurch is a noun originating from lych – the Old English word for corpse, which gives the name to the covered lych-gates that adjoin many English churches. The theory goes that jilted brides would be ‘left in the lych (or lurch)’ when the errant bridegroom failed to appear. The lych-gate is where coffins are left when waiting for the clergyman to arrive to conduct a funeral service. Both theories are plausible but there’s no evidence to support either and in fact lych and lurch are unrelated.

For our purposes, it doesn’t matter whether the derivation pans out as true or not. Your inquiries are meant to be catalytic crackers. Surely “lych-gate” stirs an idea or two!

So for today’s prompt, travel a while on The Phrase Finder website until you find the phrase or phrase origin that most interests you.

There are no hard and fast rules. The Phrase Finder has phrases from the Bible, from Shakespeare, phrases coined at sea, something for every taste. Take some notes, do a free-write or three, and see where a little word exploration takes you

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


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based Author, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community.  His latest book is called  IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.