NaPoWriMo for Day 7, April 7, 2017

April 6, 2017

“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”

Derek Walcott


Welcome to Day 7 of Napowrimo.


Today’s prompt involves one of my favorite short forms of poetry that is easy to learn.


The Septolet (SEP-TOE-LAY) has 7 written lines.  There are 2 types.  Let’s try to write a formal and informal Septolet.  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                                       Everyone

Four ticking bombs  4 syllables                                       does it,”

Blank space

Reminder                  3 syllables                                       said the

That you’re               2 syllables                                       tightrope walker.

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

(14 words.  4 words maximum on one line.)


Your turn.


“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it”

Gustave Flaubert


Day 5  Prompt Poem  suggested writing a poem offering unconventional advice.  Here are a couple of poems I wrote.

Advice on Shapes

By Christopher J. Jarmick


Don’t fall in love with shapes.

Shapes change

And you will be in love

with the past.


Advice on Knowledge

By Christopher J. Jarmick


You will never know everything

but sometimes will need to pretend

you know something.

It’s necessary.


You will never know

what you don’t know,

until the moment passes

and you realize you knew

much less than you temporarily

believed you did.

It’s inevitable.


Keep Writing!

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Derek Walcott


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