NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 3 Prompt for Thursday April 3, 2014 Posted April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
Charles Baudelaire

Welcome to Day 3 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. The goal is to write 30 poems in 30 days. It’s certainly okay to write a poem every other day too. I hope you are participating and finding it fun and challenging to write a poem every day . And if you need to catch up…nobody will tell you can’t write a few extra poems.


Below the prompt meant for tomorrow you’ll find what I came up for the April 2nd Prompt.


PROMPT for April 3rd 2014 : Find four random words and use them in your poem.


Pick up the book you are currently reading, (or the magazine/book near you) and turn to page 101 (or the first page after 101 that has several paragraphs of text). Write down the 20th and 27th word from the top of the page. Then, count back from the last word on the page and write down the 10th and 18th word from the end of the page. (Note: if any of these words are an article like the or and, use the next word.)


These four words MUST be used in the poem you create.
Your poem should have a minimum of 4 lines. It can be much longer than 4 lines if you want.


For another prompt or challenge 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 an actual historic or newsworthy event. I suggested it be 100 years or older, that it be a lesser known event that happened with 100 miles of your home.


Here is what I wrote for the prompt:
April 2, 2014


Poem Starter 1402
By Christopher J. Jarmick

There is no memorial
or ‘Tomb of the unknown immigrant worker’
No honor for all the Chinese (and others)
who after spending years building the (U.S. transcontinental) Rail Road
were run out of towns, sometimes killed and
many were sent back
‘to wherever they came from’.


Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014


Alfred Schaeffer
By Christopher J. Jarmick


Alfred Schaeffer was his name,
we don’t know much about him
but he was once a famous man.

In the mural of Issaquah history
that hangs in the Gilman Railroad Depot,
the figure representing coal miners
has on the breast of his jacket
an image of man being lynched.

Alfred Schaeffer they say
was an immigrant Bohemian
who may have followed after
the woman he loved,
who married one George Bodala
and lived thirty miles east of Seattle
in a farm and coal mining town
once known as Gilman.

Alfred assaulted George Bodala’s wife
And served some time in an out of town jail.
but he came back and threatened
to kill George Bodala.
So they sent him back for
9 more days.

There’s yet another story told
that says Arthur and George began their feud
years ago in Chicago.
Maybe it was over the wife,
maybe it wasn’t.
but Arthur came to Gilman.

One story told by locals says a boarding house
was dynamited and a miner and his
family was killed.
The other story the newspapers reported that
on January 7th, 1889 at 4:30 in the morning,
Alfred Schaeffer fired up a heavy charge of powder
under George’s house killed a Mine worker,
his wife and their nine-year old daughter Anna
who were boarding there.
George was seriously injured in the blast
and rushed to Providence Hospital
his wife, son and daughter received
minor injuries..

Some of the people of Gilman found
Alfred Schaeffer and the Sheriff
placed him under arrest and confined.
the accused in a house
since there was no jail in town.

While the Sheriff was at dinner,
one hundred locals, marched
Alfred Schaeffer
to a Maple tree across from the Railroad Depot,
where they demanded he confess.
Alfred refused so they tied a rope to a branch
put a noose around his neck and pulled him up
for 30 seconds.

The crowd insisted but Alfred wouldn’t talk.
So they strung him up for 45 seconds more
They lowered him down to give him one last chance.

Alfred couldn’t speak.
Shook his head, No,
and was pulled back up into the air
by the rope around his neck.
They left him there.

The only man to hang in Issaquah, Washington;
Alfred Shaeffer was his name,
but we don’t know much about him.


(Note: True story. Alfred Shaeffer was the only man to be hung in what is now known as Issaquah Washington (Gilman, WA back then). Was he guilty of the crime he was accused of? We don’t really know. There is a mural that memorializes the hanging incident and there were newspaper articles about it.)


Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014


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’


Poetry is Everything



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