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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 2 Prompt for Wednesday April 2, 2014 Posted April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
T.S. Eliot
And we arrive at Day 2 of NaPoWriMo. This prompt is inspired by something I’m writing lately for a project I’m involved with in August. I’ll write something brand new and do more work on the one I’ve already started and possibly share both with you tomorrow night. Feel free to challenge yourself by using this suggestion, but as long as you write something in the next 24 hours you’re still in the NaPoWriMo challenge to write a poem a day. And if you need to catch up… then simply write two poems during the next 24 hours.
Below the prompt meant for tomorrow you’ll find what I came up for the April 1st Prompt.
PROMPT for April 2nd 2014 : Write a poem inspired by a historical or newsworthy event.
Write a poem that is inspired by a true historical or newsworthy event that occurred within 100 miles of where you now reside that happened at least 100 years ago. Try to discover a lesser known or mostly forgotten event. The poem can be very fact based or it could simply be inspired by the event in some way. Share the factual inspiration for the poem particularly if it is not obvious through the poem you write or if your write includes some poetic license. Bring a unique perspective voice or tone to your write perhaps suggesting something more or different than what was reported or what is known about the event that inspired the poem. Your poem can be written in any style.

 

Be sure to check out Maureen Thorsen’s NaPoWriMo site where you’ll find additional prompts, challenges, comments and information on all things NaPoWriMo

Yesterday’s prompt suggested writing a poem inspired by the Harlequin.
Here is what I wrote for the prompt:
April 1st NaPoWriMo Poem
Prompt – Harlequin

 

Poem Starter 1401
By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

The King is amused by Harlequin poet’s mischievous witty insolence
at least while he’s in his checkered costume.

 

HARLEQUIN
By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Master of anarchic illusion,
the trickster amuses the unsuspecting audience
who know nothing of his checkered past,
his inner torturous thoughts
or the bitterness bred into him
through generations of serving .

 

Just beneath the mischievous pranks,
the bawdy insolence tuned to entertain
there are dark depressing truths.

 

Best to laugh.
Best to laugh.

 

Is it real magic that with some words
and tomfoolery he changes the scenery
with a sweep of his arms and a wild
movement of his feet encased in white shoes
decorated with bright bow-ties?

 

Are we laughing at him
or ourselves?

 

Can we feel the fear like static electricity
possessing us, changing us or is it our own
fears and doubts that are being released
with the frivolity and laughter of the moment
covering up our own tears and depression
for a little while longer?

 

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014
Another Poem that was written from this prompt (by Bethany Reid) can be viewed at her A Writer’s Alchemy Blog ‘ here It’s a keeper!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

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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