NaPoWriMo Day 30 Poems, Prompts and challenges for Friday April 30th, 2010

April 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.

Seersucker limits

Taut truth

Echoed evidence

Dented blemish

Pastel plaid reminder


Life remains

SEPTOLET 4/30/2010 By T & C.J.

Traffic control patterns



Radar gun

Hovering vultures


Eat my dust.

Septolet 4/30/2010 By C.J. & T

Crumpled Note

Pocket drop

Voyuer’s delight

Dinner receipts

Eggs bennedict

Generous tip

SEPTOLET 4/30/2010 by Chris J & T

Fandango series

Ticket critters

Dance steps

$1 Fridays

Musical sting

Lights dimmed

Final chase



Prompt Poem 1 :

The C word

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Christophoros begat Cristoffer,

begat Christopher

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

thank you.

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.


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