NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 18 Prompt for Friday April 18, 2014 Posted April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
― Leonard Cohen

Welcome to Day 18 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. I hope you are continuing to participate and you are enjoying learning more about yourself and the process of writing through the regular writing of daily poems. Keep writing.

Now for today’s prompt.

Friday April 18th Prompt

PROMPT 18 – Acrostic Poem

Relatively simple acrostics may merely spell out the letters of the alphabet in order; such an acrostic may be called an ‘alphabetical acrostic’ or Abecedarius.

Acrostic poetry was very common in medieval literature and often served to highlight the name of the poet or the patron who paid him. They were also used to make a prayer to a saint. You’ll find alphabet acrostic poems which are called Abecedarius poems in the first four of the five songs that make up the the Book of Lamentations. They praise the good wife in Proverbs. There are many Acrostic Psalms, the most notable is the very long Psalm 119 where each section is named after the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, the final chapter “A Boat, Beneath A Sunny Sky” is an acrostic of the real Alice’s name: Alice Pleasance Liddell. (Good trivia question to ask: What’s Alice’s full name….).

The Poem begins….

A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July –

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,

. . . and the poem continues from there. See how the first letters of each line going down spells Alice here?)

So you’re assignment, NaPoWriMer is to write an acrostic poem, wherein the first letter of each line spells out a word (at least 6 letters long), a name or a short phrase (any number of lines is okay). Extra points if the poem relates in some way to the word/ words or name you spell out. Have fun!!!

I wrote several poems for the NaPoWriMo 17 prompt which was

Poem Starter 1417
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Gotta hand it you!
Thumbs up, good job!
Make it official and shake on it.
Remember, she is pretty
But he is HANDsome!

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

In Praise of Hands
By Christopher J. Jarmick

27 bones
to hold
(54 together)
to take for granted
until they hurt
or don’t quite work
like they used too.

Knuckles to pop,
pads to get dirty,
or for musicians/workmen
to grow callouses on.
They grab,
Hold knives,
keep count
and touch.
Feel how smooth and cool
the imported polished marble,
or how warm a partner’s skin is.
We can wave, curse or
sign messages to each other.

We can make noise,
demonstrate approval,
defend or attack
with split second notice.
They can catch delicate objects
Before the break,
prevent serious injuries,
and we can use them to
score points or
to stop others from
reaching their goals.

In a way they
see in the dark,
talk without speech
communicate comfort , passion
or anger.

with a tender gentle squeeze
they signify the deepest emotion of all:

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Hand Jive
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Mute feeler of texture, temperature
Delicate, tender one moment
then folded into lethal
battering ram the next.
Later, an efficient assistant
in transforming thoughts into
language onto paper and
digital screens.
(digital… interesting choice of word there hmmmm…)

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



One comment

  1. […] learned some things from this prompt, from POETRYisEVERYTHING — so I thought I’d share it on my blog. (I didn’t know that acrostics occur in […]

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