NaPoWriMo 17 Poetry plus writing prompts and challenges

April 17, 2010

April 17th  and we keep writing.    Here’s a poem starter, septolet and my prompt challenge poem .
Below I also list two challenge prompts: the one I have created that gets posted on the Dash 30 site (google it) every evening around 9 p.m. and the one posted at the Read-Write site.  If they help inspire you to write… please use them.

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  # 17
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Wounded, she lashes out
making sure the first cut
is deep, and just when the scab
forms, she’ll scratch it
again, proud of her work.

Septolet  for   4/ 17 /2010

Overheard daisy chatter
Daffodil  bright
Dandelion gossip
Tit-willow rumor

Forsythia whisper
Frolicking frogs

My Writing Prompt/Challenge Poem for April 17

Less than Artistic License

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Max knew the artist before he changed his name,
when he needed to post a bond to get out of jail.
In the painting, his wife, naked,
with the famous movie star,
the one the girls made sure was
at the party so they could take turns
dancing the tango with him,
taking pictures and then arranging
for his arrest.  Pictures in the tabloid
worth a lot of money.  Artist worked a deal.

Now Max’s phone wasn’t working.
She said she would pay the bill,
She also said she never cheated on him,
yet, she was naked in the painting,
Maybe she even danced with the
movie star that evening,.
while Max was posting bail
at all hours of the night and day
to pay the mortgage,
buy her new clothes.

Time to share the fire he felt
inside of him.
Let it out in the house he used to own.
She’d lose all the things she cared about.
Insurance would reimburse ,
he’d get some too,
enough to pay phone bills
for a while.
Enough to buy some

Books used in creating this poem:  Why We Have Evening by Leonard Orr (poetry),  Memoirs of a Mangy Lover by Groucho Marx,   Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, 100 Ray Bradbury Stories by Ray Bradbury.  (I also used the element of fire suggested by the Read Write prompt).

The Prompt/ Challenge  was….,

Get 4 different books.
Book mark  one of these pages  for each book   book 1: 16, 24, 36, 42  // Book 2:   81, 102, 124, 139 //  Book 3: 88, 115, 142, 160,//  Book 4:    51, 73, 101, 205//
Read each page you chose as if they are from the same book and telling the same story.   Figure out a way to make sense of the 4 unrelated pages so that they do make a cohesive story  or could with some help from you.
Now make a poem of this story.  Any style, any length.

Read Write prompt. . .

Today, Read Write member Neil Reid invites us to keep going by writing about the elements:
Let’s be elemental. Fire, earth, water, wind. They touch our lives every day. Choose one that interests you, then take a point of view that is not so much your usual. Observe what interaction you’ve known, or not known, with this element.

You might make it personal or take the element’s point of view (how might humans appear to you from that stance?) or wander where you may. Tell us something about your element that we don’t know.
You’re welcome to make your own rules, and as always, the most important point is simply to write and share, however it comes your way! Have fun!

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

Poetry is Everything


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