NaPoWriMo Day 13 Prompt for Saturday, April 13, 2013 April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

“This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are.”
– Terry Brooks

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”
– Isaac Asimov

I can see the half-way done point from here. Hope you are continuing your efforts to write and share poems every day this month. If you stopped for a few days…start again. If you are just getting starting…welcome.

Make it ominous, dark, perhaps a horror poem. Can you give the reader a shiver or two? Turn down the lights….shshssh.. what was that?

Prompt 11 –ekphrastic poem inspired by era of Romanticism painting.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

In the first half of the 18th century
Nature’s fury was unleashed in conceptual metaphor;
remorse, age, alienation,
anger, despair, isolation
depicted in not so peaceful landscapes
and oh so many shipwrecks precisely
detailed on taught canvasas all
confusingly known as
perhaps because in the eyes
of portraits painted
souls were exposed
in imagination and pigment.

Fall of  the Fighting Temeraire
By Christopher J. Jarmick

There behind a movie star
playing an iconic character
quietly adding subtext
is the painting
of a once fierce war ship
now tired, worn, slow,
being towed into port.
It’s glory fading faster
than setting sun.
Yesterday’s playground bully
a lumbering, unwanted,
It’s victories forgotten
now just floating bits and pieces
of soon to be recycled parts.
A fossil, a dinosaur,
the equivalent of a 1970s
room-sized computer
a burden, an eyesore,
turned into framed
art in a museum
used as a location
for a James Bond

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up (1839 oil painting by English artist J.M.W. Turner, that can be seen in the background of an early scene in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.


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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