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NaPoWriMo Day 23 Prompt for Tuesday, April 23, 2013 April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

“One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.”Niyi Osundare

“We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.
Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing,
which is one reason why they write so little.”
— Anne Lamott

Tis Day 23 in the land of NaPoWriMo do you know where your inspiration is?   If you aren’t sure…take on the prompt/challenge and write like the wind……

 

Prompt 23 Make a short conversation– poetic. Create a short conversation and paying attention to meter and/or rhyme make it a poem.

Prompt 21 suggested writing a poem about a place you’ve never been.

La Seu, Barcelona
By Christopher J. Jarmick

The gothic spires of La Seu Cathedral
poke at the sky
on the the site of ancient Roman
cathedral built in 343 AD.
construction began in the 13 Century.

In the courtyard
behind black iron grills
orange, medlar and palm trees
a moss covered central pond,
a fountain and a gaggle
of 13 white geese
representing each year in the
short life of martyr Santa Eulalia
the 13 year old virgin tortured and
burned at the stake by a 4th Century
Roman governor for refusing to
denounce her Christianity.
Nearly immortal now in this
Architectural wonder.
Her image a statue on one
of the towers above.

Inside the massive curved
Archways, corrugated stone
columns , 28 side chapels including
Cappella de Sant Benet, where behind
its alter is the 15th century crucifixation
depicted by Bernat Martorell.

This elevated temple is the soul of
Barcelona surrounded by narrow
Alleys and buildings dating back to
time of Roman occupation.
the echo or footsteps, visitor’s voices,
cameras, cellphones attempting to
capture little pieces of this massive
work of breathtaking art, dwarfing
all who enter here.

Symbol after symbol,
The statues, stained glass,
domes, columns, smells, sounds…
Its 600 years of construction
overwhelms.

Metal walkways on its rooftop
for tourists in groups on their way
to visit other sites, sip wine,
taste tapas, visit the market with
displays of brightly colored fruit
stacked 15 feet high.
This ancient place
haunts.

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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