Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 NaPoWriMo Day 22/30

April 21, 2012

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 NaPoWriMo Day 22

Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.”— Voltaire

“Writing a poem is discovering”—Robert Frost

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Are you thinking in poetry an hour or more every day this month? Have you been able to write a poem a day? Roll up your sleeves and try it. For the next several days, join me and thousands of other poets and write a poem every day for the rest of the month. Do it for yourself… do it as a challenge. Don’t think too much about doing it. . . just write.

You don’t have to use any suggested prompts, but if they appeal to you, challenge you in a positive way than use them. If you usually don’t write this way, if you rarely write poetry at all—try it anyway. The first NaPoWriMo I tried was extremely difficult for me. I missed a few days, tried to make up for them by writing a few poems in one day and didn’t like what I was writing at all. So what. It’s about the journey of composing, creating, writing. I have several poems that with some revision and editing might be worth keeping. I’ve had some fun pushing myself to do this every day and sometimes I pushed through negative voices, time constraints that seemed determined to thwart my efforts. I also feel obligated to post the poems I write—even some pretty lousy ones—that I certainly don’t think have much chance or being turned into something worthwhile–but I’m determined to stick to my goal and complete the task. I’m also blogging, coming up with original prompts AND writing a poem every day which takes time, discipline and challenges me in several ways. If it was too easy it wouldn’t be worth doing, right?


Popular Music should inspire your poem today. Perhaps use a song that was popular the year that you were born. Or a current well known song. Avoid little known songs that received little or no radio air-play. Borrow a lyric or two and/or the title of the song and create your poem. It doesn’t have to autobiographical if you don’t want it to be, but do avoid parody. It doesn’t have mimic the rhyme or meter of the song (but it can if you want to do that).

Day 21 Prompt Poem (Relationship poem)

I decided to explore Relationship of love poem with poetic form and cliché using the Villanelle in iambic tetrameter )

Cliché (Villanelle)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

There seems to be no other way
No phrase, no gesture that lets
me avoid this love you cliche.

No words compare, not summer’s day
Humid, hot, and mosquitoes, but
There seems to be no other way.

Could be trouble with what I say
When in frustration, I re-phrase
To avoid dull love you cliche.

Poets live, breath clever word play
Without gimmicks it’s still the same
No matter what I seem to say.

Though we dance this graceful ballet
Rainbows, moonbeams, I really try
to avoid the love you cliché.

I must admit with some dismay
There seems to be no other way
To avoid, this love you cliché.

Henry and Zeuss
By Teresa Jarmick

Head buried in fur
He sobs.
From time to time
She sniffs his hair
Storm over,
He sits up.
She licks his face.

Teresa’s Day 20 (ad slogan poem)

By Teresa Jarmick

I’m scared,” he said.
“You’ve talked about this for 2 straight hours
In the car.”
“I changed my mind.”
“Try it, you’ll like it.”
“No way.”
“Just do it!”
“Again! Again!
Again! Again!”


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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