NaPoWriMo Friday April 6th, 2012 Day 6

April 5, 2012

Friday April 6th, 2012 NaPoWriMo Day 6 /30


Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.— Ishmael Reed
Writing a poem every day gives you an opportunity to try out new things you would not normally do. You might be using the challenges and prompts every day and pushing yourself in a different direction. This will not always create your best writing…but it might start you toward something that will lead you to be a better writer. Do NOT be too hard on yourself during NaPoWriMo…the idea is to write something every day with a purposeful, disciplined effort. If you take 20 minutes or one hour every day to do it—FANTASTIC. The effort of doing it every day for 30 days in a row might lead you to a new breakthrough. Stick with it. Don’t give up. Make it important to write each every day this April. And if you miss a day. . .forgive yourself and write again the next day. You do NOT have to use any prompts or you can combine prompts and challenges for different sources. Keep writing!!!!

Today’s Prompt.

Welcome to the 6th day of NaPoWrimo. The 6th prompt has to do with the number 6. It’s a think-out-of-the-box challenge that hopefully will be an interesting challenge for you.

Waw (wāw, sometimes also spelled vau, or vav) pronounced VAV is the sixth letter of the Northwest Semitic family of scripts, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic (“sixth” in abjadi order; ). In Hebrew it means nail which can be translated to mean connect.

So. . .your poem today should connect things that usually are not connected. Connect words in a unique way or connect unique thought, or event to something you haven’t read or seen before. Make a rainbow connection (well something other than that because that’s been done famously in a song already and we’re making unique, new connections.).

Don’t worry about meaning.


Your poem should have 6 words per line and either be 6, 12 or 18 lines in length.

You can make a list poem, you can write using a form or without any form whatsoever. You can rhyme if you want. Try it!!!

DAY 5 POEMS (Use two or more headlines to create title of poem and write about that in a poem)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Oh! We’re strip searching teenage breast feeding moms
Yes we’re strip searching teenage breast feeding moms
Why are we strip searching teenage breast feeding moms?
Cause the Supreme Court says it’s legal to strip search teenage moms.

In our land of plenty and milk and honey
We gotta be safer, cause enemies everywhere
Are up to no good and can’t be trusted
They lie, they cheat and are up to somethin’ funny
It’s a wild, wild world and nobody plays fair.
Gotta nip trouble in the bud with tough love, sonny.

So we’re strip searching teenage breast feeding moms
Yes we’re strip searching teenage breast feeding moms.

No special treatment for protesting moaners
No special treatment for parking ticket slackers
No special treatment for shop-lifting thievers
No special treatment for pot-smoking stoners
No special treatment for crazed computer hackers
No special treatment for jay-walkers either.

If you don’t got a good lawyer, honey
or you aren’t packin’ much money. . .
If you got the wrong God, wrong color look out
And if you’re wearin’ a hoodie give us a shout
Cause justice ain’t cheap it comes with a price
And we’re tired of being all civil and nice

So We’re strip searching teenage breast feeding moms
Yes we’re strip searching teenage breast feeding moms.


Life’s Battle League, You Gotta Laugh

by Teresa Jarmick


We meet every Tuesday, sarcasm,

soup and salad. We share and

leave the leftovers on the table.


No one wants to go home bitter.


We shake the oil and vinegar, seasoned

Salt and sorrow. Pour, dip the crust

Warm bread and nourish our bodies.


No one wants to go home empty.


We fill the tea cups, strong steaming

And solid. Clink cups, drink fellowship

Solidarity and hydrate with laughter.


No one wants to go home.


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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