Archive for April, 2011


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 30, 2011 30/30

April 29, 2011

Day 30!!!!!   It’s the end of NaPoWriMo 2011.   Step right in, sit right down, pick up a pen

write a poem.    Need a prompt?   Glad to oblige.

Today’s   prompt is  a  5-5-5.   5 senses, Use at least 5 of the suggested words AND have the poem be 5 or 10 or 15 or 20 lines long.

1.        A 5 senses poem.   A poem that includes all 5 senses.

2.       Here are some natural words to use in your poem  (use at least 5 of these words)

Ocean, lava  droplet,  gazelle, blossom, nest,  snake,  moon,  chirp, clouds,  field,  stream,  grasshopper hiss, green,  seed,  fur,  forest, sunlight,  chrysalis, breeze,  buzz.

3.       And have your poem be 5, 10 or 15 lines long (divisible by 5).


By Chris and Teresa Jarmick

Pine tar, sea salt air

Rocks cackling at pier told fish tales

Droplet of rain as seagulls fly inland

Sunlight trickling over forest of restless waves

Breeze blows pregnant clouds onto shore

Sips coffee, swallows, buttons up jacket

Ocean hisses, buzz is ‘bad one’s comin’”

Hands shake goodbye, boardwalk, sidewalks empty

Black sky, lightning, thunder, downpour

Truck starts, rushing  stream of  water; then stillness

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 29, 2011 29/30

April 29, 2011

It’s the 29th day of NaPoWrimo.

What should we write today?  How about something brand new.  That almost no one has ever done before?  That’s worthy of the 29th day of this crazy challenge isn’t it?

How about a unique twist on a found poem?  Teresa came up with a new one.

We will call it a Found Fan/Drape poem.   Take a page from a newspaper, cut it in half so it’s about 11 inches in length  or take a page from a magazine  or something else with a lot of small type and words on the page.  Now fold it in half from the top to bottom.   Next fold it again… either in half again or about ¾ of an inch and fold it one way… then back the other way (like you’re making a paper fan).

When you open it back up you want to see very distinctive lines in the paper.

The words that appear on these lines are the only ones you can use.   Both sides of the paper, but you can only use the words that are on these lines.  If the words are NOT on these lines.. you can NOT use them.

You can use 1 word or 2 words or 3 words together.  You can not use 4, 5 or 6 words together.  So only 1, 2 or 3 word combos are possible.   Try to go in order and do not go back to pick up any words.  You can start in order on one side of the paper.. and flip it over to the other side and then go back to the other side if you would like.

Use these words to built a poem at least 7 lines long.

I used the Editorial Page of the Seattle Times from April 28th 2011 for this prompt.




Trump, you’re not qualified

to solve problems.

Cherry-picking  senior

Citizens by

Comb-over circus politics.

What we want

Is a tax- guaranteed

not printed off cedar needles.



Public education clearly unwise

Opt out donation

Customers can pay

Omnipresent green parking machines.

A failed experiment

That’s a bold promise.

Our staff, drug free

We offer key reasons

They can’t afford.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything



NaPoWriMo 2011 Poems & Prompt for April 28, 2011 28/30

April 28, 2011

April 28th

Put 3 on the countdown clock….  NaPoWrimo is almost over.   Poetry is part of your life every day.  It’s there in what people say, it’s there in a song you hear on the radio, or one you remember, in a nursery rhyme, in how you might think to describe something to someone.   And you might even read or listen to poetry on a regular basis or see it in a newspaper or magazine or stumble upon it like right here.

So today we create a conversation between two or more people and Manipulate it into a poem.  You might do it with a few lines from a movie if you like, you might do it from a book, better yet, make it all up.  It  doesn’t have to rhyme or have a definite meter but the conversation should feel ‘poetic’.  You can define what that is and what it looks like for you.

Simultaneous Conversation  

  By Chris & Teresa Jarmick

Honey, Do you hear me?

(Do you hear me now?)


Buckle up, we’re late.

(Button up your overcoat.)


I’m nervous about this.

(Nervous about my own shadow.)


The new CD or the radio?

(What no IPOD, Streaming movie?)


I can’t hear over the noise in my head.

(We’re emitting radiation.)


I thought that buzzing was from the fluorescent lights.

(Contact high from the mercury in those parking lot lights, no doubt)


I’m not sure you should be driving.

(Avis tries harder.)


Maybe you should have stayed at home.

(At that little place on the prairie.)


Maybe you should take me home.

(country road, take me home…)


People will wonder what happened to us.

(or not miss us at all)


I’m afraid of spiders.

(and snakes . . .)


I’m afraid of most politicians

(and they aren’t even necessary.)


Goodnight moon.

(or Mrs. Callabash)


Goodnight Gracie.

© 2011



by Chris & Teresa Jarmick

“There’s something happening here.”

“I can’t smell it.”

“Oh aren’t you funny.”

“Maybe I can touch it.”

“Maybe I won’t let you.”

“Get your mind out of the gutter.”

“It wasn’t quite there yet.”

“Too bad for you.”

“It’s bad for both of us.”

“I don’t know what to say now.”

“I need you to say something.”

“That’s not what you said last night.”

“I don’t remember much about last night.”

“Is that your final answer?”

“I thought you said you didn’t know what to say.”

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Prompt & Poem for April 27, 2011 27/30

April 27, 2011

And then there were 4….   27 days or writing and sharing a brand new poem.  Wow.  Been doing it every day?  Most days?  Thinking about it?  Reading some poems?  FANTASTIC!!!

Write an Anaphora poem. An Anaphora is defined as  “the repetition of a word or expression several times within a clause or within a paragraph”.   It’s origin is Greek and the word means a” carrying up or back,” and it refers to a type of parallelism created when successive phrases or lines begin with the same words, often resembling a litany. The repetition can be as simple as a single word or as long as an entire phrase.  In poetry the repetition of the phrase can be just at the beginning of each line, setting the tone as a meditation or a mantra, or it can be utilized more subtlety within the poem.   It’s one of the oldest literary devices and you’ll find it used in Biblical Psalms and William Shakespeare frequently wrote Anaphora poems…some merely repeat the word AND at the beginning of each line.   Hopefully you’ll be more creative than that.  (Yes, you are now going to be MORE creative than Shakespeare!)

Other examples of poets using Anaphora include  Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Walt Whitman’s “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” Section V of “The Waste Land” by T. S. Eliot, and “From a Litany” by Mark Strand.

So write one  your poem can be free verse or prose style.

If you use the repeated words at the end of the line it is called:  an epistrophe.

As an additional double dog dare challenge  use frog and frogs in your poem more than once….and write a poem longer than 10 lines.

Ready?  Begin.

Tonight’s the night!

by Chris & Teresa Jarmick

Proud, the old reptile flexes, croaks, “tonight’s the night’ before leaping into the darkness.

Distracted by the news, the music; a haunted memory

he imagines the treetops sweeping the clouds away from the rising moon.

The too-loud voice from the radio commercial screams; ‘A diamond tells her: ‘Tonight’s the Night!”

Yes, Tonight’s the Night she thinks brushing her hair, anticipating the phone call.

An owl dives through the trees into brush after his rodent prey. Tonight, he eats.

Confused, faithless, youth steps out onto the ledge

‘Tonight’s the night’ he says entering the club taking a deep confident breath.

Herons follow the sounds of croaking frogs anticipating a feast.

Then again, maybe tonight’s NOT the night.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for Day 26, 2011 26/30

April 26, 2011

NaPoWrimo Day 26  

5 more to go.  If you haven’t been doing it… join us for the final 5.  Write a poem every day and post it.   Make it into a challenge and do a double dog dare challenge… like this one:

The  7, 7, 7

As in

7 lines…. 7 minute time limit   using 7 words (articles like: the, and…don’t count) found in a poem .

Specifically this poem:   Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop   which can be found here:    On the website.

Use 7 words from the poem in 7 lines within 7 minutes.  Share what you come up with.   Here are 2 …

7, 7, 7,  Station Fill Up

By Christopher J. Jarmick

This dirty memory; regret I have

will be gone with flick of match.

Burn the pretty lace doily,

collectable comic books too.

Forget the good times ; they lie.

Arrange the oil cans all in  too neat row

Let them ponder this disturbing display.

7, 7, 7  E.B. Filling Station

By Teresa Jarmick

Somebody builds a home

Front porch with gray floor and white columns

Wicker furniture, tea for two

and more.

Then the monkey grabs his dirty greasy gasoline

Lights a march, and grins like a phony comic

While my heart burns down.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem and Prompt for April 25, 2011 25/30

April 25, 2011

Day 25  And then there were 6 .  . .  The last Monday this year you are obligated to write a NaPoWriMo poem.

We are racing down the final stretch of NaPoWriMo 2011 and hopefully when we get done we’ll have something good to eat.

In the meantime…today’s prompt is. . . Recipe.

Your poem should resemble a recipe.   It should not be a recipe for anything you would eat, but it should resemble a recipe.  Be as creative as you would like.    Have fun with it.   Enjoy the challenge.   Doesn’t have to be an actual recipe but it should resemble a creative recipe.

Baked Condo

by Chris & Teresa Jarmick

serves 2-4

Pre-heat living space to 68 degrees.

To several large double insulated windows

Add Granite counter, center isle cooking

Walk in pantry, stainless steel appliances

Wood or bamboo floors

then pour in mixture of  vaulted ceiling


Furnace, central air, and fireplace

Slowly mix in

Huge Master Bedroom

Large jet soaking tub

Blend with

His and Her Walk in Closets

front loading Washer/Dryer

Prepare on

One level

Embellish by sprinkling

Large entertainment ready deck

with slate surface on top.

Serve warm

right before spectacular sunset

© 2011

Tomorrow’s prompt:

7 lines…. 7 minute time limit   using 7 words (articles like: the, and…don’t count) found in the poem  Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop   which can be found here:    On the website.

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 24, 2011 24/30

April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday NaPoWriMo time.  Day 24.

Your prompt today is  EMPTY.

Do something with that as an idea, as a word as a concept.  Perhaps what it means, represents, how it feels, how it looks, as a condition, as a state of being, as an overwhelming challenge that begs for something else but… it’s not there.. it’s empty.

Free form, free verse , any form or no form.


By  Chris & Teresa Jarmick

Before the tide comes in

After the ice melted

Before the grocery store trip

After the marathon finish line was crossed

Before the wine was poured

After the stone was rolled away from the tomb

Before the seed is planted

After the grain is harvested

Before you said hello

There was no after.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything