NaPoWriMo Day 29, poems, prompts & challenges for Wednesday April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010

And then there were just 2 days left of NaPoWrimo 2010.   Write a poem or two today, right now, this afternoon, tonight…. It can be done.    Here’s my contributions for today….

Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo  #29

By Christopher J. Jarmick

I stubbed my foot on a bible

after the dictionary fell off the table.

Probably doesn’t mean anything

at all.

Septolet  for   4/29/2010

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Many are

One line wonders


By a phrase

Perfect lines

Poem, age, face


Septolet 4/29/2010   1

C.J.  & T.

Tender Tension

Change rains

Friends depart

Acknowledged accomplishments

Goodbyes avoided

Fledglings un-nested

Flight time.

Septolet 4/29/2010  2

By C.J. & T

Springer Veneer

Moral potholes

Jerry’s asphalt

Emotional over-eaters

Monkey audience

Flashing narcissists

Knock-out bells



By  Christopher J. Jarmick

Peace doesn’t glide in gracefully

on the wings of a white dove;

Offense is the best defense,

We learned that message about power

and might during World War 2.

Attack sharply, decisively

or compromise and end up in a


Call the War in Iraq; Tough love

We need to stabilize extremist dictators

and dangerous cultures.

insist they civilize themselves into

a saner democracy.

War is NOT evil.  War is part of

Humanity, civilization and we must

use it, wage it, fight it, rightly.

It may take many years, but

the world will be a safer, saner

place and there will be better

political systems. Together we will

create a beautiful

multi-colored patchwork

quilt and then we’ll enjoy

peace, tranquility and

pray to God together as a

united people, in a united world.

My Writing Prompt/Challenge  for Thursday,  April 29th, 2010

It’s almost the end of NaPoWrimo.

Time to write as if you are someone other than yourself.  First… think about an issue that you believe pretty strongly in.  could be global warming, could be women’s rights, could be taxes, could be UFOs, could be health care.   Write from the perspective of someone who has the exact opposite opinion as you actually have.   Write the poem using a different voice than you normally would use…. (in other words if you usually write without a lot humor… use a lot of humor… if you write with a lot of subtlety, be anything but subtle, if you use only a few words, write with too many words… etc.

Read Write Poem member D.S. Apfelbaum recalls what William Carlos Williams once wrote, “It is difficult/ to get the news from poems,” but asks, “Who says you can’t get poems from the news?”

For this prompt, choose your favorite newspaper or online news provider. Jot down five to ten headlines that jump out at you and without reading the articles, select elements from each headline to create a new event about which your poem reports.

Alternately, let short-format sections inspire you. Write a poem in the form of an obituary, a personal ad, a classified ad, etc. (Bonus points if you can pull off a poem in the form of a crossword puzzle.)

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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