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NaPoWriMo Day 14 Prompt for Sunday, April 14, 2013 April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable. Nor how it compares with other expressions. It is for you to keep it yours, clearly and directly.”
– Martha Graham

And here we are again. On day 14 of the NaPoWriMo challenge ready willing and able to write something new, possibly discover something different about ourselves and writing in the process. Ready or not…we continue.

Prompt for Day 14 –An occasion poem. A poem you might write to give to someone as they celebrate a special event, a birthday, a wedding, an engagement, an anniversary, or a poem for a holiday.

Day 12’s prompt suggested writing a Cat Steven’s music inspired poem.  This is what I came up with.

Cat’s Title Poem
By Christopher J. Jarmick

On the road to find out
father and son sitting
where the children play
in the moonshadow of
peace train
listen to wild world wind
remembering the days of the old school yard
knowing if you can’t keep it in
there’ll be trouble.
Don’t be shy, the morning has
broken through bitter blue in silent sunlight.
Oh very young, if you want to sing out,
sing out.

Optimatum
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Optimum time
for optimism
Easy to give in
so time to step-up

Little good news,
Lord knows.
Those cynical views
strike fashionable pose
Miles to go
Taps Trumpets blow
So….
So…

Common sense thrown out
Guns we keep
in surplus tanks
Bullshit’s deep
If our money’s really gone
Why don’t the rich weep
Why don’t the rich weep

We’re more like each other
than different
but we kill one another
for a government cause
Does it give you pause
Public market bomb booms
Flower blooms
We cry when in pain
Smile to keep sane
You, me
us, we.

Reached the Bottom line– Optimatum
Optimum time
for optimism.
Easy to give in
So time to step UP!!!…

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’

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Poetry is Everything

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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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