NaPoWriMo Day5 – Prompt for April 5, 2015April 4, 2015
Welcome to Day 5 of NaPoWriMo. And this prompt is to encourage you to write a poem on Sunday, Easter Sunday, because you get no day of rest from your poem a day challenge. Hopefully you’re committed to writing something every day. It’s not always easy or convenient to do this, but you’ll gain a good habit and a sense of accomplishment if you stick to it.
If you are regularly writing daily poems but aren’t sure where to post them, you might consider discussion groups at Linked In or GoodReads and of course FaceBook. There are several NaPoWriMo related discussions already begun where many people are posting their poems. And you can certainly post your poem as a reply right here too.
Got five minutes? Spend it at PoetryNow, a new podcast partnership between the Poetry Foundation and WFMT in Chicago. Each five-minute audio segment features a poet reading and talking about a single poem. You can subscribe to receive the twice-weekly releases or wait for them to show up on the Poetry Foundation website. The first one in this series is poet Jericho Brown reading and talking about his poem “Herman Finley.” This announcement is courtesy of The Poetry Department, aka The Boynton Blog — a great website to regular check out if you’re in Western Washington State!
Another interesting poetry site I stumbled upon recently that might interesting for you to explore is The Best Poems Encyclopedia .
DAY 5 – NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 5, 2015
Ancient Biblical Poetry. The Bible contains several different poetic forms. It was interesting for me to discover several years ago that in the Old Testament Lamentations, several Psalms and in Proverbs there are variations of the alphabetic acrostic form where the first lines begin with alphabet in order from aleph to tav which is equivalent of a to z. In Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of Lamentations each verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew Alphabet and in Chapter 3 each letter is repeated three times. In Chapter 5, you don’t find the acrostic form but it contains 22 verses which represents the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet giving it a sense of continuity.
So our prompt today is write an Acrostic Poem. You can begin each line with a letter of the alphabet A to Z, or do couplets AA, BB, CC etc. You can create a more difficult challenge for yourself by trying to write in meter or have each line contain the same number of syllables (a variance of one or two seems reasonable but that’s up to you.
The poem should also have a religious, spiritual or inspirational theme.
Be interesting to see what you come up with.
NAPOWRIMO PROMPT 3 POEMS
The prompt was to use at least 5 of these words in a poem 4 to 10 lines long
bulb , market, cantankerous, filthy, less, perception, square, blooming, carnival, pilfer, remnant, blood.
I did 2 poems that managed to use all the words….
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Blooming bulb blood Lilly
witnessed filthy cantankerous carnival worker
pilfer carpet remnant and square flower pots.
His less than accurate perception of their value
did not deter his midnight thievery.
By Christopher J. Jarmick
In the market square
where the rich and cantankerous
and less than prosperous
filthy pilfering pocket pickers
gathered for carnival days,
a young popsicle licker
and her fabric remnant seeking
famous actress mom laughed at the juggler of tulip bulbs
reeking of whiskey, as the flood of
perceptive paparazzi out for celebrity blood
captured the moment for tabloid posterity.
Teresa’s Prompt 3 poem….
How Carnivals Changed Us
By Teresa Jarmick
Square perception saw couldn’t
Understand less blooming
Lived in remnant market
Wondered why her blood
Was so different.
And the poem I wrote for WD’s Poem a Day Prompt 3
(write a machine poem)
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Sometimes when I push
the button on the remote
to turn off the television
it does not work.
The TV stays on,
I can push the red button in the left corner
several times or push it down and hold it for a while
and still, the TV lives on.
Batteries, I thought the first time
this happened several years ago.
Even though other buttons on the remote
worked just fine,
new batteries were the solution.
What else could it be?
But it happened a few weeks later
with fresh batteries in the remote
and now I thought,of grime, dirt
or crumb of some insidious irresistible
crispy crunchy TV snack was partly to blame.
Careful cleaning… blasts of canned air
should fix the problem.
It didn’t fix the problem.
Recently I’m sure it is something else.
The TV receives broadcasts
but with slight modification
it can watch us.
This has been proven.
Nielsen created a people meter back
in the early 1980s
to accurately monitor the viewing
habits of consumers to defend the
accuracy of their TV ratings.
The device ‘sensed’ when people
or pets or no one was in front
of the TV, particularly if PBS
was supposedly being ‘watched’.
Our habits are monitored
by grocery store cards,
the internet and the naïve
believe it is purely for marketing
purposes and governments
aren’t connected with such things.
So why does my TV sometimes
insist on watching me?
Refuse to turn off by Remote?
There doesn’t seem to be a
consistent pattern to when
the button won’t turn off the TV
forcing me to do it with the button
on the monitor itself.
It doesn’t happen after I talk
to certain people on the cell phone,
And then I realize,
the television probably doesn’t
need to be ‘on’ at all.
The DVR, the video game box,
the internet, the cell phone,
the fancy new washer and dryer,
the hybrid car, the sprinkler system,
the various cameras at nearby
intersections, the satellites in the sky.
Ridiculous of course.
I’ll read nothing into remote,
the device or the word and its meanings.
Couldn’t possibly be anything but
indigestion, lack of sleep and
a slight case of poetic paranoia.
Forget I mentioned anything at all.