NaPoWriMo Day 6 Prompt for Saturday April 6, 2013 April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013

“The key to success is not through achievement,
but through enthusiasm.”
– Malcolm Forbes

Are you challenging yourself to write? Every single day? Every other day? Are you just starting out today? Welcome. I hope you wind up writing some things that with a little more editing and revision turn out to be keepers. If not, I hope participating in NaPoWriMo develops a better discipline of writing –gets you writing more often which will lead you to some personal or professional success as a writer. I hope you find it both challenging and fun.

William Wordsworth was born April 7th, 1770 (died April 23, 1850) and is known as a major English Romantic poet who with Samuel Taylor Coleridge (his close friend) helped to launch what is known as the Romantic age in English literature when they (W & C) published Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Wordsworth’s life work (never completed) was a long three part poem. The first part (which was finished) is known as The Prelude and is a semi-autobiobraphical poem of his early years which he revised and expanded several times. It was published after his death by his wife and though not titled is known as “to Coleridge’. You can take a look at one of the versions here: Prelude/to Coleridge .

Prompt #6 blank verse childhood memory-based

Todays prompt, write a blank verse semi-autobiographical about something from your childhood. It can be completely autobiographical if you like. Perhaps plays with the older style of language used by Wordsworth. Make it at least 10 lines and challenge yourself to write in a consistent meter.

Day 4’s prompt was using some Latin words associated with flowers in a poem. Here’s what Teresa and I came up with based on this prompt:

Semperflorums (ever-flowering) Conversation
By Christopher J. Jarmick

“The thorn bushes have roses, ferns are forever,” she explains
But Rosemary’s favorite involves tales of erotic sanguini pulchriflorums
first appearing as nudiflora, developing into pubiflorums, first viridi
then reaching virile maturity in sulty reds.”

If your mouth goes dry
and you begin to blush,
she’ll laugh and say,
“Flowers, silly, what were YOU thinking?
Some are uniflorus, some triflorus,
some multiflorus and the milleflorus over-achieving show- offs.”

“The tardiflorus never seem to be on time.” I add.

She sighs, continuing: “The naniflorous are sometime over-run
by the abundi-congestiflorus type.
I like to think we” (and by we, she refers to me)
“are like the geminiflorus.”

And I say with Shakespearean flourish:
“Forever florulentus!”
And she adds, “he knows
just the right things to say.”

And the words I use roughly mean:
sanguini (blood red) pulchriflorus (beautifully flowered) ; Viridi (green);nudiflorus (naked flowering); pubiflorus (hairy flowers)uniflorus (one flowered);triflorus (three flowered); multiflorus (many flowers);milleflorus (thousand flowered); tardiflorus (late flowering) ;naniflorus (dwarf flowered); abundi-congestiflorus (copious congested flowers); geminiflorus (flowers paired), florulentus (abundantly flowered). Rosemary is an herb and a fairly common name. In flower arrangements it sometimes denotes remembering or memory.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

By Teresa Jarmick

I followed dahlias
Down the path
Away from the calling iris
To your gate
Rubas fruit, sweet to see
Enticed me open.
I stepped through into
Anchusa fields where
I wandered twenty-one years.
Pricked Aloe Saccotina
The choice faced me
Ocimum or Basil
And then the King
Took me
To the waters

Approximate meanings: Dahlia (novelty), Iris (message), Anchusa (falsehood), Rebus (envy –a blackberry type family plant) Aloe Saccotina (bitterness and pain), Ocimum (hatred –basil) and Basil in greek is King.

Copyright© Teresa 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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