NaPoWriMo Day 7 for April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

“Write to your heart’s content and by all means,

 have fun with your creation.

It’s your moment to do absolutely anything within those pages.”

Jennifer Murgia

DAY 7  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 7, 2016  

Welcome to Day 7 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Another prompt suggested by Striped Water Poet (of Auburn, WA.) Brendan McBreen:

Write two ‘Chinese Quatrains’

Jim Teeters introduced this exercise to Striped Water after learning it while he was in China and the name for it – Chinese Quatrain kind of stuck, It’s an old prompt and one I use often, but that is only because it’s a really good one. There are three steps for the non-group version:

first write a couplet,

second pick a random line, lets say find a book of poetry turn to page 25 and pick line 7, this becomes the third line of a the quatrain

the third and  last step is to write the fourth line in such a way that it ties the other three together. You should write at least two of them.

Couplets generally appear in poetry, and usually they rhyme and have the same meter. The two lines belong together and often share the same sort of idea.

Couplets in Shakespeare (Note: He often ended his sonnets with a rhyming couplet that summed up the main ideas of the poem.)

“Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope,/Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope.”

“So, till the judgement that yourself arise,/You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.”

“Tir’d with all these, from these would I be gone,/Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.”

“You still shall live, such virtue hath my pen,/Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men.”

“How like Eve’s apple doth thy beauty grow,/If thy sweet virtue answer not thy show!”

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.



DAY 5 Prompt Poem (write a ‘Don’t’ Ask poem)

Don’t Ask Redundancy

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Don’t ask me about redundancy

Boast that you’ve seen it all, done that before –

Absolutely nothing new under the sun

88 keys on the piano, millions of songs

26 letters in an English alphabet, trillions of words

3 primary colors, so many great artists

In the subtle variations; poetry

In the shades of grey; life.

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