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.


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