NaPoWriMo Day17 – Prompt for April 17, 2015

April 16, 2015

Welcome to Day 17  of NaPoWriMo.  We have just passed the half-way mark and continue full steam ahead.

Today’s prompt uses a lesser known form (to most).   Teresa and I write these for fun sometimes – alternating lines.

DAY 17  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 17, 2015 

Write 2  Septolets.  The Septolet is a lesser known French form.   There are two types.  The easier one to write consists of 14 words spread over 7 lines.  You have 4 lines  then a blank line  and then three more lines.  Here’s one that was in my 2010 Poetry Collection Ignition . . .  :

 Fowl Supermarket (Septolet)

By Christopher J. Jarmick


Aroma roasted

Ready at 4:15

Dual forks wielded.


Men, cash

In hand


You can split up the 14 words any way you want.  In this example 4:15 is counted as one word.

The other type is a syllable Septolet.   Line 1-  one syllable word   Line 2- two syllables (one or two words)  Line 3- three syllables   Line 4- four syllables,  Line 5  three syllables,  Line 6-two syllables

Line 7-  one syllable word.

In my book I showed two versions of a Septolet poem  called Late Wintersky.    1 is done as a syllable septolet, one is done as a word septolet.

Late Wintersky (syllable Septolet)

By  Christopher J. Jarmick



Cup warmed hands

Brisk cool sea breeze


Orange spice

Good life


Late Wintersky (word Septolet)

by Christopher J. Jarmick
Morning tea

Violet sunrise

Cup warmed hands

Cool sea breeze



Spice life


Keep in mind, you are creating one quick picture of scene with the Septolet, perhaps from different perspectives or viewpoints.  In first example… you might imagine a customer waiting for the Chickens to be done and placed on sale, and in the second part, a passerby noticing the scene.

So write 2 Septolets….  Either a word AND a syllable Septolet  or just two word Septolets.

Oh… and  it’s pronounced:   Cept-oh-lay .

My book Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (still available at Amazon) but I actually make a couple of bucks if you buy it here at LuLu.


Prompt 15   suggested taking phrases/words from previous poems to create new poem

It also became my Writers Digest Prompt 15 Poem of the Day entry which suggested you pick an adjective (possibly one from an earlier poem you wrote this month) and make it the title of your poem.

Cryptic Obstruction

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Poetic confessions unleash

unobstructed views of

instant gratification convenience —

a fiend without a face.

Excruciating delirium seizes

too much truth,

lack of faith,

zigzag patterns of

the memory of innocence,

touch of bittersweet nostalgia.

Really bad timing.

Perceptive word paparazzi

returns to haunt you again.


Keep Writing

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