NaPoWriMo April 5, 2012

April 4, 2012

Thursday April 5th, 2012 NaPoWriMo Day 5
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

Welcome to Day 5!!! Roll up your sleeves and let’s write.

Day 5 Prompt

The title and first line of your poem is made by combining two to four Headlines. Newspaper Headlines or a News Story Headlines you get from the Internet. Play with the words until you come up with a new Headline (that makes sense).

Your poem should expand the story of this Headline.

Poems from the Day 4 Prompt (Write about someone who has overcome adversity that you admire and perhaps draw inspiration from)

“Truth is what you get other people to believe.” — Tom Smothers

DAY 4 Poems (prompt—write a poem about someone you admire who overcame adversity)


4 Over-coming adversity
NaPoWrimo Prompt Number April 4, 2012
By Christopher  J. Jarmick

At 4 years old
he didn’t see his future
too young to understand the irony
when his father threw him about
like a rag-doll and tossed him into
orchestra pits—three times per day
as audiences cheered and laughed.
Good thing he could take a fall.*
He attended school
for just one day.

After meeting a star who wanted
him for a movie,
he borrowed the camera
took it to his room
and completely dissembled it,
put it back together
and became inspired with ideas.
But he didn’t see his future
Or the irony.

He made his own trade-marked hats,
More than a thousand of them.
Became friends with
the famous movie star,
created comic routines,
co-directed movies
and rose to fame
and fortune,
often playing
unlikely heroes,
battling unstoppable
forces that vexed him,
chased him,
threw him.

He saw his friend’s success
destroyed by false accusations
And stood faithfully by him,
giving him work whenever he could.
Few were as innovative or as
Prolific as he.
Giving work to his dad,
family, friends.
Making movie after movie
Influencing unborn generations
to come for nearly a decade.
He loved entertaining, inventing
new ways to make people laugh
but on camera he ironically
rarely smiled.

Then, everything came apart
worse than the bruises, broken
bones, fractured skull he endured
while making his art.

Thrown out by his wife,
Thrown out by the studio,
He lost everything,
even his two sons.
So he drank himself into a breakdown.
Then re-assembled.
re-married, rehabilitated,
re-invented himself
until in his last movie
playing the character
he was literally;
the running gag.


FOR BUSTER KEATON (Cops (1922), Sherlock Jr (1924). The General (1927), Steamboat Bill Jr (1928), and his last movie; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum-1966).
*(Buster Keaton was never seriously injured as a child in vaudeville. He said several times it was fun and he learned how to take a fall.)


By Teresa Jarmick

I admire the man that loves his wife.
He looks at her like she’s a tiny fairy princess that
Just now landed
In his hand
Waved a wand and twinkled happiness.
He’s 84.

She beams, glows, giggles, blushes
Radiates joy.
She’s 84.
Dual doctor appointments to celebrate their tenth
Wedding anniversary, I wish I were they.

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’
Poetry is Everything
©2012 Christopher J. Jarmick All Rights Reserved


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