NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 21 Prompt for Monday April 21, 2014 Posted April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014

“I want to see thirst
In the syllables,
Tough fire
In the sound;
Feel through the dark
For the scream.”
Pablo Neruda

Welcome to Day 21 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We are on our final lap. Just 10 more to go. Are you pushing yourself a little to continue writing each and every day? Some days are easy, some are difficult but I always learn something new during NaPoWriMo and I also wind up writing some interesting poems that are worth keeping and sharing (and a few that are certainly cringe worthy). There’s still time to participate and write a poem a day for the rest of the month.

Now for today’s prompt.

Sunday April 20th Prompt

PROMPT 21 Write a Parody of a well known poem

Find a rhyming poem you are familiar with or is among one of your favorites (Use something other than Twas the Night Before Christmas) and write a humorous parody poem using the same meter and rhyme scheme/pattern as the original poem. You can be satirical or just silly with your creation. It’s challenging, fun and you also learn how to write a specific form or in a specific discipline by doing this. Sometimes the poem you make is good enough to share and is quite entertaining to read to others.

The Wedding Photograph
By Christopher J. Jarmick

In the wedding photograph,
my father looks barely old enough to drive
and nervous, anxious,
a fish out of water, too skinny,
(ears a bit too large),
dressed in a fancy tux,
extra wide tie
big white carnation
attempting a smile
despite knowing his life
will be completely different
from this day forth.


Look closer. . .

Giant ferns in the background
of the table they share
The wedding cake topper
out of focus in the foreground
in front of dad;
two candles burning
in front of mom.
Her arm through his,
their hands together
just below his breast jacket pocket.
Is hers balled into a fist
his wrapped around it?

My mom looks composed.
wearing her diaphanous wedding veil
her white wedding gown.
a woman who has gotten what she wanted.
In this moment
she looks both happy and proud
accepting this is how things
are supposed to be.
The worries, the second guesses,
the preparations
of this day behind her.
She’s here, at the Bride and Groom table
with family, friends, clean linens, champagne
and the man she loves.


But Dad is still settling into
what all this means for him.
He knows she is a prize,
And he wanted this. . .
But she can’t simply be placed
neatly into his life,
everything changes now
and maybe he isn’t as ready
for it as he thought.

What am I doing here?
No, I mean I’m happy to be here,
Surreal, but really happening!
Look at all these people,
taking pictures,
so many pictures,
a fancy reception
— All this attention on us.
He’s resolved that his marriage will
be happier than his parents.
He will avoid making some of the mistakes
his father made.
Vaguely he knows soon they will have a
place of their own
a Masters degree in electrical engineering
and children pehaps.
Yes, this is a glorious day
Everything hoped for. . .
My wife is so happy,
able to look so poised and beautiful
for this picture.
I must look proud and happy too.
I can do this.

And now, their son
holds this memory
from 60 years and more
than three thousand away
quickly composing some
revisionist words of a time
and place he never knew;
seeing his Dad as a young
overwhelmed young man
at the beginning of what
will define the rest of his life.

(Note: For the record, I’m sure my mom was every bit as nervous and anxious as Dad, though she looks in the photograph a bit more composed and photogenic than my father.).

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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