NaPoWriMo Day14 – Prompt for April 14, 2015

April 13, 2015

Welcome to Day 14 of NaPoWriMo.  We are nearly at the half-way mark.  Never too late to jump in and begin anew or renew your daily poem writing.  I hope whatever stage of involvement you participate or even observe NaPoWriMo you are discovering new things and finding more confidence.

DAY 14  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 14, 2015 

Write an Anaphora ….  An Anaphora (from greek roots meaning ‘carrying back’) is a rhetorical device and in prose and poetry consists of repeating a word or phrase at the beginnings of clauses, phrases, stanzas etc… that creates emphasis and rhythm.

Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and Psalms in the Bible use Anaphora.  Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech is also an excellent example.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Use Anaphora in a new poem today.


Prompt 12  Suggested you use at least three titles from B type drive in movies                                        made between 1951 and 1964.

1950’S Drive In Movie BAR SCENE

By Christopher J Jarmick

Teenagers Frankie and Wolfie didn’t panic

when Stevie told them about the blob attacking the local

movie theatre but they quickly finished their drinks and

hitched a ride out of town with Vinnie P when they heard

the really tall lady on a rampage, screaming for Harry.

(referencing I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Stevie= Steve McQueen in The Blob, Vinnie P +Vincent Price (The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill, The Fly etc. etc).  tall lady/Harry = Attack of the 50 Foot Woman).

 58 Drive In Nightmares  (or how to use more than 58 B Movie titles in a poem)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Beyond the time barrier

after the day the earth stood still,

on the night the world exploded, a monster

from the ocean floor, creature from the Black Lagoon plus

invisible invaders from Mars waged

a war of the worlds, calling on the Brain from Planet Arous

to unleash cosmic monsters, colossal Men, 50 Foot Women,

Gojira, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and The Thing that could not die.


But It, the Terror from beyond space that came from beneath the sea

did NOT conquer the world, nor was the invasion of them body snatchers,

creation of the humanoids,  giant claw, Gog, Gorgo, Konga,

the Manster,  the monolith monster from Green Hell that challenged the world

or the Monster from Piedras Blancas, the prehistoric planet,

that wound up on campus

successful in their attacks.


Turns out the seventh voyage of Sinbad, 20 million miles from the earth

in the valley of gwangi  on the mysterious island, revealed

that the astounding She monster atom brain-eater creature

from the Phantom Planet with her fiend without a face, crawling eye,

cat-women of the moon, and that devil girl from the angry red planet Mars,

who supposedly unleashed invasions of saucer men, star creatures,

Caltiki, the blob plus attacks from crab monsters, killer shrews, giant leeches

and (don’t get me started) even a hideous sun demon  which some believed

were signs of the the beginning of the end and  part of the Mysterians’

plan nine from outer space were merely part of an elaborate hoax

perpetrated as a publicity stunt by Roger Corman, William Castle,

Ed Wood Jr. Ray Harryhausen, and Forest J. Ackerman to help teach

Ruskie hater Senator Joe McCarthy how to stop worrying, and love the Bomb.


58 + TITLES REFERENCED IN POEM INCLUDE:  Beyond the Time Barrier (1960), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Night the World Exploded (1957), Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954), Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954),  Invisible Invaders (1959), Invaders from Mars (1953), War of the Worlds (1953), Brain from Planet Arous (1957), Cosmic Monster (1958), The Amazing Collossal Man 1957), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), Gojira (Godzilla 1954)), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), The Thing (1951), The Thing That Could Not Die (1958), It, The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955), It Conquered the World (1956), Them!(1954) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Creation of the Humanoids 1962), The Giant Claw(1957), Gog (1954), Gorgo (1961), Konga (1961), The Manster (1959), The Monolith Monsters (1957), The Monster From Green Hell 1957), The Monster That Challenged the World (1957), The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959), The Monster (Voyage) from the Prehistoric Planet aka Planeta Bur/g (1962/1964), Monster on Campus (1958),The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), Mysterious Island (1961), The Valley of Gwangi (1969-so doesn’t count), The Astounding She Monster (1957), The She Creature (1956),  Creature with the Atom Brain (1954), Brain Eaters (1958), The Phantom Planet (1961), Fiend Without a Face (1958), The Crawling Eye (1958), Cat Women of the Moon (1953), Devil Girl from Mars (1954), Red Planet Mars (1952), The Angry Red Planet (1959), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957), Invasion of the Star Creatures (1962), Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959), The Blob (1958), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), The Killer Shrews (1959), The Hideous Sun Demon (1959), The Beginning of the End (1957), The Mysterians (1957) and Plan Nine From Outer Space (1959). (Plus the alternate title of 1964’s Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. also not counted in the 58)

Writers Digest  Poem A Day  Prompt 12

Write a damage poem


Damn Age


Christopher J. Jarmick


There was an accident,

something else if you must know.

No need to bring that up.

It’s private.

We don’t talk about it.


There are scars,

sometimes a limp,

night sweats

fear in places

kept dark.

The shame of


buried under dull eyes

and faded smiles.

Laughter has

an after taste



The memory of


fading like the memories

of relatives in more

agile days

before you knew

too much.


Broken gets replaced.

Thrown out.


We can let go;


New is better.

Damn Age – 2

By Christopher J. Jarmick








some my fault

some gravity


born, tested,

earned, deserved







Keep writing!


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