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” http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/225700.html 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.


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