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.


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