NaPoWriMo Day 4 Prompt for Thursday April 4, 2013 April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov

The challenge to write a poem a day continues throughout the month of April. You can start doing it today—right now. I’d say it’s good for you but that might make you procrastinate even more and that’s bad, so I’ll gently urge you to leap into the challenge. Leaping in is the best way to get into a pool and it’s the best way to write something that would never have been written. Just do it.

 April 4th prompt: Latin Flower Words

Use some latin words associated with flower in a poem. Use at least four latin terms/names. The poem doesn’t have to be about flowers and you could use the terms anyway you like—even as nonsense words if you really want to. There are several internet sources that list many of the latin names and give their approximate meanings in English. You can use part of the words, or the whole words. I think if you take a moment and look at some of these words you’ll find some inspiration and maybe see some connections with other words/idea. I will give you some examples and you can use these examples and/or find others. Include a glossary at the end of your poem that tells everyone about the words you used…like these:

abundiflorus (copious flowers) abundiflora abundiflorum ; auriflorus (earlike flowers) auriflora auriflorum;
biflorus (two flowered) biflora biflorum;

cauliflorus (flower on the stem [caulis – stem of a plant]) cauliflora cauliflorum;
congestiflorus (crowded flowers) congestiflora congestiflorum;

florosus (abundantly flowered) florosa florosum; geminiflorus (flowers paired)
geminiflora geminiflorum;
lactiflorus (milky flower) lactiflora lactiflorum;
nudiflorus (naked flowering) nudiflora nudiflorum;

remotiflorus (withdrawn flower) remotiflora remotiflorum;
sanguiniflorus (blood red leaves) sanguiniflora sanguiniflorum;
tardiflorus (late flowering) tardiflora tardiflorum; villiflorus (hairy flowers) villiflora villiflorum

Now have fun writing a poem using this prompt or not using this prompt. Just do it.

Day 2’s prompt was Tabloid Titles. I came up with a couple of Poem Starters and a longer poem (yikes). And Teresa my wife came up with one of her own. Here they are:

POEM STARTER 1402 (Tabloid Title Poem Starter)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Extraordinarily average man
interrupts small town church sermon
Singing: “ I kissed a girl and I liked it!”
Several in congregation wake up.

POEM STARTER 1402.2 (Tabloid Title Poem Starter 2)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

At the Weekly World News anonymous Meeting
the severed foot held hands
with the dolphin (with human arms—‘Hi Flipper’) and
Big Foot’s former sex slave lumberjack (‘Hi Chip’)
to recite the serenity prayer in pig-latin.

Incident on the Grocery Store Line (or
Not a bored poet with an over-active
imagination standing in line at
the grocery store poem)
By Christopher J. Jarmick

While maneuvering my alternatively-powered shopping cart
with the satanically possessed wheel
into the world’s longest line at
the Safeway on Royal Family Way,
Gordon Ramsey’s satanic twin
telepathically revealed
one of the most shockingly twisted
super secret CIA classified recipes
for a decadent crispy egg-salad sandwich.

Grease the Area 51, amazing Iron Lady, Reagan-teflon skillet
with Kirstie Alley’s uncensored organic salted butter oil
when scandalously hot and just beginning to smoke
place six bat-faced Elvis brand Peanut and Bologna balls
sprinkled with Jeffrey Dahmer bacon bits then
douse with Marilyn Monroe flavored Loch-ness Vodka
until a flash fiery inferno chars the tantalizing mixture.
Add this obscenity to the naked diced celery and
cruelly crushed Hardboiled chicken fetuses
you’ve prepared and chilled in your Big Foot casserole dish.

Viciously stir the bizarre mixture until this
amazing but baffling concoction
is ready to be spread on lightly toasted
Gay Pope brand white Ku Klux Klan bread.

When I was about to ask if I could substitute
Ed Gein dried sausage bits, Ramsey’s twin
had vanished and a Transvestite Travolta
look-a-like smiled as if the outrageous incident
was a moon-landing hoax. I noticed as I
scooped up my change, Jesus’ face had
replaced Washington’s profile on
one of theglowing nickels.
I dashed to my alka-seltzer powered
DeLorean in the parking lot.

Words from Tabloid Titles
By Teresa Jarmick

In an eye-catching pose the
garage door, pregnant with
secrets, allowed thongs
of wind to circulate
divorcing appearance and

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based writer, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013


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