NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 13 Prompt for Sunday April 13, 2014 Posted April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014

“See with your soul and not your eyes
because to dance with the beasts you
must penetrate their disguise.”
― P.C. Cast

Welcome to Day 13 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. If you are not participating, but are about to test the waters with your toe. . . it’s time to jump in. If you’ve missed a few days. . . so what, do a cannonball and write a poem a day for the rest of the month. If you have little practice or confidence in your abilities . . . the act of doing it counts. . . later you can revise and edit your scribbles into something better.

Now for today’s prompt.

The suggested prompt for Sunday April 13

Prompt: Recognize/Honor a Dead Poet in a poem.

Capture a bit or two of a dead poets’ life and work it into a poem. Perhaps pick a poet you who isn’t one of your all-time favorites, but one who is esteemed by others, perhaps respected by you but a poet you might say: I wish I liked/enjoyed that poet more than I do. . . . Learn something new about the poet you choose (keep looking until you find something new about the poet you didn’t know before, and if you find it right away… take a little MORE time exploring some of the poets’ work/ poems, perhaps interviews the poet wrote or shared about writing poetry if any exist. If the poem is a bit experimental, let it come out that way and see what happens. Title your poem with the last name of the poet you chose.

The prompt for the 12th day of NaPoWriMo took us to the movies. I suggested your reference 3 to 5 or even more your favorite top 10 movies in an unusual manner within a poem. And then let us know what you referenced at the end.

Here’s what I wrote…

Poem Starter 1412.5
by Christopher J. Jarmick

Don’t alienate your friends
in the process of seizing your day.
Power in a vacuum , no matter
what your wealth is Hell on earth.
Best to try to do the right thing
no matter whose
side your on.

(references Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane, Godfather 2 and Chinatown).

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Behind the burgundy velvet
curtain, the naïve mid-western
girl provided the voice for the
narcissistic glamorous movie star
who refused to accept that her
destiny was about to change.
Change is as unstoppable as

Seeds of good are planted
within the worst,
and out of tragedy
the Phoenix rises
but there’s also bad
within the best of intentions.

The ends can never justify selfish means
despite what the devil convinces you is true.
Love, brotherhood of man,
honor among thieves, all proof
there are always unlocked doors
offering access to redemption even
in the worst of times.
Miracles are often perfectly
timed coincidences that put
people in the right place at the right

Mysteries are solved,
answers are received
but there aren’t always
going to be happy endings.

(Singing in the Rain, The Wild Bunch, Godfather 2, The Long Goodbye, Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane and Chinatown are all in this one.)

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

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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