NaPoWriMo Day 21 Prompt for Sunday, April 21, 2013 April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013

You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.
Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Ray Bradbury

My message for NaPoWriMo Day 21 is this:
Poet step up to the plate and swing or you’ll never hit the ball. Even if you swing and keep missing and no one is interested in watching you—keep swinging. Someday you’ll connect and understand everything about yourself and poetry that you need to know.

Prompt 21 — Write a poem about a place you’ve never been. Mention famous landmarks and point of interest as if they evoke particular detailed memories. By the way the place doesn’t have to even exist in the physical world either. Have fun with it.

Prompt 19—suggested you use a Bible passage and express its meaning and intent in modern verse.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Stop at the cross roads
and pray for directions
do not assume any person,any map,
knows all the paths.
Do not rely on your experience,
the wind or even the stars.
Your heart will tell you
what direction to go.
Stay at the cross roads until you
you clearly hear and know
from your soul what you need
to do.

Those that plot to deceive
and are not pure in heart
will never receive eternal life.
Those that pretend to obey
pray, fast, observe holy days
do not buy God’s love
but insure his wrath.
No amount of good works
donations, toil, sacrifice,
guarantees grace.
Those that believe
and seek forgiveness
with their hearts
will reap rewards.
Those who fool themselves
or pretend to be something
they are not,
those who bend the rules
justify evil ways
will never know comfort,
never know rest
never find peace.

Life is full of obstacles,
mazes, stumbling blocks
all are tests and trials to the spirit
which you will recognize
as impure and highlight
what needs repair. Do not
fear the valley of darkness or fake it
or you will know only
anguish, regret and suffering.
Those that learn
will know the one true God,
understand the lessons
of humility, compassion, grace,
shine with the love in their hearts
and see the path that leads
to eternal salvation.

–Inspired mostly by Jeremiah 6: 12-24

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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