NaPoWrimo Day 21 Poems, writing challenges and prompts for April 21, 2010

April 21, 2010

The 21st day of NaPoWriMo.   If you’ve fallen off the horse, get back on …it’s time to train your creative reserves, no pain, no gain…. If I can do this ridiculous, crazy, exercise of writing every single day… so can YOU….  Write…. And  yes, Have Fun !!!!

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  # 21

By Christopher J. Jarmick

The death of the bookstore,

the death of the record album,

presumes these things were alive.

So be happy boomers,

the bookstore and album

cannot die.

Septolet  for   4/21  /2010

Frogs revisited

Barking lentils

Haystack curry

Flavor pimps

Tangerine tongue

Sour sorbet

Sweetest soufflé



By Christopher J. Jarmick

Expired information recycled into

chains  mimicking

yellow Texas daisies.

A silky red

trail of obsolete search engines

whose spiders gather data for no one.

John Birch’s great grandson begins

promoting  Regional Wetland Projects,

on a civil war replica raft

floating on cancer causing plastic water bottles

somewhere down the crazy river.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge for Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

So let’s be fearless today.    Let’s reach back to the first 4 poems we wrote for NaPoWriMo this year.

Write down  the 2nd ,from Poem 1  3rd, from Poem 2 4th,from Poem 3  and 5th line from Poem 4  on a piece of paper.

Do this even before you’ve read the full prompt for today.

Got them written down?

Here we go….

The last line you wrote down  (line from 5 from poem 4) becomes  the 2nd line of your new poem.

The 3rd line you wrote down (line 4 from Poem 3) becomes the 4th line of your new poem

The 2nd line you wrote down (line 3 from Poem 2)  becomes the 5th OR the 6th line of your new poem.

The 1st line you wrote down (line 2 from Poem 1)  becomes the 6th, 7th or very last line of your new poem.

Today’s prompt from Read Write Poem member Kristen McHenry is about your reflections on flaws and perfection.

“In ancient times, Persian rug makers were deeply religious and believed that only God could make something perfect. They would deliberately drop in a small faulty stitch, a flaw, into each Persian rug. In doing so, a ‘Persian Flaw’ revealed the rug maker’s devotion to God.” — Karel Weijand

Like many of us, I often struggle with the gremlin of perfectionism. The above quote reminds me that achieving perfection is not my prime directive in life, and that in fact, striving for perfection can be a form of hubris.

Write a poem about flaws and perfection in yourself or in nature or write about how you feel about being imperfect or perfect.

Here are some things you may want to reflect on as you write: Do flaws add beauty to the world? What does it feel like to experience perfection? What is it like to encounter flaws — in our selves, in others, in systems or in objects? As imperfect beings, are we able to adequately judge perfection?

If you’d like, you can try contrasting these both concepts in one poem or just choose the one that you feel most drawn to. There is potential for both perfection and flaws in everything on earth, so there’s no limit to to subject you use to frame your poems.

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.


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