NaPoWriMo Day 30 Poems, Prompts and challenges for Friday April 30th, 2010April 30, 2010
To have great poets, there must be great audiences
– Walt Whitman
When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts,
poetry cleanses. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Ta-da. Day 30. The big finale. NaPoWriMo 2010 comes to an end. Hopefully you’ve challenged yourself to write, be creative, post your scribbling in all of their not quite perfected
glory. Did you manage to drop the
excuses, the hesitations, and get something out into the world? Did you do 5 poems you never thought you
would write? 10? 30? Bravo. Hopefully something was started. Hopefully you had fun and
enjoyed it too.
Went a little crazy last night… here’s the results.
Poem Starter for NaPoWrimo #30
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Send us original copy of your most recent U.S. Passport,
Social Security Card, Marriage License
Sample of blood. First born
and at least $75 dollars.
Okay, kidding about first born.
Septolet for 4/30/2010
By T & C.J.
Pastel plaid reminder
SEPTOLET 4/30/2010 By T & C.J.
Traffic control patterns
Eat my dust.
Septolet 4/30/2010 By C.J. & T
SEPTOLET 4/30/2010 by Chris J & T
I WROTE TWO PROMPT POEMS TODAY….
(MY PROMPTS ARE BELOW)
Prompt Poem 1 :
The C word
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Christophoros begat Cristoffer,
Christos – Christ
Phero- to bear, carry.
Legend has a tall strong man
carrying a young Jesus across a river
being named Saint Christopher, patron
saint of travelers.
Christoffer, name of 3 Denmark Kings
in the 15th Century.
Kris Kringle alias Santa
Christophers Columbus to Robin,
devilish Lee to super Reeve and Batman’s Nolan
And the singer Christopher Cross who sang
the Theme to Arthur and won an Oscar, caught
between the moon and the New York city.
Dark Rubber Souls of the Moon
By Christopher J. Jarmick
As I was walking up here on stage, I thought surely
these votes were cast in Florida and mis-counted.
I sing only slightly better than the tone-deaf stepchild of Bob Dylan
and Leonard Cohen but I want to thank my wildest fantasies
for putting you here in front of me, because reality has
left this picture. I will play along, thank the members
who heard the dreams of a 5 year old boy who after buying his
first 45 single, Mr. Bass Man, dreamed of recording with the
Beatles, hanging out with John, Paul, George and Ringo.
I didn’t expect to win, didn’t write anything to read,
Quite honestly I’m not sure how I was even in the auditorium
Because most Grammy shows stink and feature utterly mediocre performances
From the latest Madonna, Miley Cyrus or improved Milli Vanilli wanna-bes.
Pardon me, I don’t mean to seem ungrateful, because this is truly
an honor, so remarkable I can’t even imagine it in a dream.
So what do I say? I’d like to thank several of the people in this room
who write songs, not for the money, or the fame, or the clothes they get
to keep after they make a video, but because they have to write and make
music or they would lose their minds. The real life Leonard Cohens, and
Tom Petty’s and hundreds of you that don’t merely manufacture music on a schedule
dictated by the stockholders of the multi-national conglomerate that owns what’s left of the
music business? I didn’t mean for that to come out so harshly, this is an
an unbelievable overwhelming honor. I must either actually deserve or for some reason you think I deserve it.. so I
My Writing Prompt/Challenge for April
NaPoWrimo challenge prompt for Friday, April 30th, 2010
Hey it’s the last day of NaPoWrimo.
Write a poem about your name. You can use the history of your name, where the root of your name comes from and what it means, or you can make something up about what your name means. You can
write a poem about other people who have had your name and what they did. Write about your name… but not about
yourself. You can do a bit of research on first name etymology and history
right here: http://www.behindthename.com/ .
You suddenly find yourself in the audience of the Grammy Awards show.. and your name is called as the winner for THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Write a poem, with the album
title as the title of your poem . Your acceptance speech is a poem (free-verse or form, rhyming or not). Congratulations by the way.
I double dog dare you to write 2 poems . Write one for each prompt. You can post one today.. and one tomorrow as a Bonus May 1st NaPoWrimo
The ReadWrite Challenge today is a ‘free day’. Write what you want, how you want, anyway you want. Congratulations. (We also will probably be saying goodbye to read-write as the site is planning to go away shortly.
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.