NaPoWriMo Day5 – Prompt for April 5, 2015

April 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.



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,

for instance.


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.




Keep Writing!

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