NaPoWriMo Day 30 Prompt for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 April 29

April 29, 2013

And what, you ask, does writing teach us?

First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.

So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.–

Ray Bradbury from the Preface to Zen in the Art of Writing (1990)

DAY 30 2013’S NaPoWriMo is almost history. Hopefully some good work has emerged from your hard work. Keep challenging yourself. Keep writing.

PROMPT 30 The End. Write a good ending poem. The last poem in a yet to be published collection of poems by YOU….the last time you write a poem about….. (choose something). Do NOT choose NaPoWriMo (try harder than that).

Prompt 28 was Get it wrong.  Write a poem that embraces or argues a philosophy or belief that is completely different from what you believe or how you see things.  Notice I say embrace and accept this attitude and way of looking at life as if it is truth.  See if you can write it without completely losing your voice as if it is coming from you—not simply by adapting a completely different voice or character.  If you believed these things…how would you write a poem about it?


Que Sera
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Money is evil.
Power corrupts.
Life is hard,
rewards come
We are weak
and must be saved.
Only sacrifices, hard work,
and struggle teaches us
what is really important.
Let the rich keep all that they can grab.
Do not tax them.
Do not insist they share with anyone.
Let them take all the money,
all the gold
and lock it up
until there isn’t anymore.
We don’t need it.

Money is evil
Power corrupts.
Punish those who try to make life
too easy for someone else.
Declare all charities illegal.
The weak, the sick must never
be pitied. They are weak and sick
by design. Accept what is
and learn how NOT to think
too much. Thinking creates
fear, hesitation, change, and
disrupts the natural order of

Some are born to be kings,
others to be slaves.
Accept the design of things
And wait for your rewards
To come later.
Be quiet, don’t speak up,
Don’t protest, don’t fight to win.
David threw the rock at Goliath
to make him angry so that his
death would be swift. He did not
realize there was a design laid out for him.
He did not think about how silly it was for
a man of the sheep to throw a rock at a large
warrior. He did not remember to run.
He didn’t know he was destined to be King
And once in power and rich
He would become corrupt, evil
But by design he was saved
so we could see, that we have no control
of fate.
There is no logic.
No fairness.
Justice does not belong to mortals.
Give in.
Give up.
Don’t Think.
It will happen as it is meant to.

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


One comment

  1. Great post. Thank you for the Bradbury quote.

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