NaPoWriMo Day 20 Prompt for Saturday, April 20, 2013 April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau

“The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Day 20 of NaPoWrimo. Two-thirds done with NaPoWriMo 2013, with April. Are you about to write poem 20? Fantastic! Congrats! Impressive! Are you about to write your first poem of this week or this month? Excellent! Please go for it with all the passion possible. Feeling a bit burnt out? Normal, understandable, there’s a lesson you’ll be learning—not by avoiding, not by giving up—but rather by doing. And when you learn how to keep going even when it’s not easy or comfortable that’s something you’ll remember.

Prompt 20: What are you thinking? Yes, that random thought. The thought perhaps you had when you first woke up. Before you made it more complex or complicated, what was it? If you aren’t sure, perhaps a random thought that started a day-dream…what was that? Write the poem. It can be silly, it can be raw, sloppy, strange, very short or explore the process you put yourself through. If it gets complicated as you write about it—stop and force yourself to get less complicate more simple—and if it doesn’t feel authentic or true then write again or rewrite so it’s right. Don’t worry if it’s a good poem or will ever be published or even that someone else will have any idea what it means. Dare you to share it anyway.

Prompt 18 suggested writing a poem from a word list you created from a book

Here’s mine.

Losing by Winning
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Hearing nothing from her
I celebrate my perceived earned victory
with a loud sigh. Argument over.
Or was this infamous silent treatment
not proof of anything? I began to worry.
It probably would have been better, if I let her win.

Words used: hearing, from, earned, infamous, worry, probably
From The White Cascade by Gary Krist

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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