NaPoWriMo Day 14 Prompt for April 14, 2016

April 13, 2016

“Write,’ she said, ‘as if you’ll never be read.

That way you’ll be sure to tell the truth.”

― Lori Lansens


DAY 14  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 14, 2016

Welcome to Day 14 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Write at least 2 Septolets  (SEP-TOE-LAYS) which remain one of my favorite short forms.   A formal septolet is 14 syllables and an informal septolet is 14 words.   The idea is to capture a moment or image in possibly two separate ways.

Formal Septolet                                                   Informal Septolet

One                           1 syllable                                  “This

Second                      2 syllables                               is easy

Or perhaps               3 syllables                               anyone can do

Four ticking bombs 4 syllables                              it,”

Blank space

Reminder                  3 syllables                            said

That you’re               2 syllables                          tightrope walker.

Late                              1 syllable                         “but don’t look down!”

– –      –         –                                                 (14 words total. 

                                                        4 words maximum on one line.)


Your turn.


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.



My Day 12 Prompt Poem (movie obliquely)

Extensive Disconnect*

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Slowly, the camera moves. . .

Finicky cat, stoner neighbors,

an old friend appears needing a favor.

A long ride back to canyon home.

Police want answers, so does an unsavory character.

A writer has a meltdown.

Protective Doberman, enabler wife,

quack doctor, musical doorbells,

impressionist security guard.

The camera always moving . . .

revealing the price of denial, dishonesty,

addiction and betrayal.

*The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman – 1973)

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