NaPoWriMo April 23, 2012 Day 23/30

April 22, 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 NaPoWriMo Day 23

The task of a writer consists in being able to make something out of an idea.— – Thomas Mann

8 days to go. Can you? Will you? Write a poem a day for the homestretch? Here’s a prompt you can choose to challenge yourself with:


8 pack, 16 pack, 24 pack, 96 pack; normal sized, super-sized, those non-toxic waxy color-makers –Crayons. How can we write a poem as if we using Crayons to describe, draw, augment an important or at least significant event in our life. How do we do this? I’m not sure…but the challenge is to figure it out and write something. Have at it.

PROMPT POEMS FOR DAY 22 (be inspired by a Pop Song—perhaps from the year you were born).

Looking at how many memorable songs were on the charts the year I was born, I couldn’t resist composing another one of these list poems. It doesn’t really follow the prompt which is why I did two poems.

33 45s from ‘58
By Christopher J. Jarmick

The Purple People Eater saw Donna
wearing Chantilly Lace At the Hop.

He Drank some Tequilla with the Witch Doctor
who told the alien, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay
and he should Get a Job.

Purple was thinking if Dreams Came True
there’d be no Splish Splash, Tears on My Pillow
about the Oh So Fine Miss Sweet Little Sixteen
in Rama Lama Ding Dong Short Shorts
this time.

He wasn’t thinking I Don’t Have You
and couldn’t accept It’s Only Make Believe,
No, this Rebel Rouser was going to ask;
Do You Want to Dance Around and Around
to Willie and the Hand Jive until we’re Breathless
and you become a Dizzy Miss Lizzy Reelin and Rockin,
Over and Over succumbing to FEVER induced
by That Old Black Magic?

It was just a Matter OF Time till Donna and he
We’re Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Then Good Golly Miss Molly!
Johnny B. Good and Tom Dooley walked into the room
and Purple, said:
Bye, Bye Love.

Here’s the poem I wrote following the prompt rules more closely. It incorporates some of the history of one of the most highly regarded classic rock and roll songs.

Rock -N-Roll’s Greatest
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Deep down in ‘St.Louie’ a hairdresser named Chuck
Plucked loud on his guitar, dance-walked like a duck
Remembered a shack made of earth and wood
And a colored boy he renamed Johnny B. Goode
Johnny learned to read and write quite well
And he played the guitar like a demon from Hell

Go Go
Go Chuck B. Go Go
Write Play, Rock, Roll
Johnny B. Goode.

It became a famous, great, rock and roll song
Piano man Johnny, and Chuck could do no wrong
It started before with Maybeline
then with Sweet Little Sixteen
and that guitar strummin made people say
‘Oh my but that little country boy could play’

He’d out-star Elvis if he were white
But things weren’t exactly all right
Lot of resistance to this guitar playin’ man
And his take no prisoners rock-n-roll band
Time was on his side, song always took flight
Johnny B. Good Tonight

Go Go
Go Chuck B. Go Go
Write Play, Rock, Roll
Johnny B. Goode.

I want to Hold Your Hand
By Teresa Jarmick

Small-town Nebraska duet
Piano bench, crocheted doilies
Sandy-haired girls
dreaming, singing
a little melody;
lotsa’ harmony
Reader’s Digest treasury of song


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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