NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 14, 2018

April 13, 2018


“I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ”― Sharon Olds

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 14, 2018

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso

Write two different types of Septolets today.  (Sep-toe-lay) 1- 14 words – 7 lines 2- 7 lines 16 syllables.


Septolet 1: Total of 14 words in 7 lines, no line should have more than three words. The poem should relate to one subject, object, thought or feeling. The first four lines create a coherent picture or thought, the last three lines create another. Each could stand separately, but both are related.


Septolet 2: Line 1 has one syllable, Line 2 has two, Line 3 has 3, Line 4 has 4 syllables, space, Line 5 has 3, Line 6 has 2, Line 7 has one syllable. Poem should relate to one thought, feeling, object, place.




Formal Syllable Septolet                                          Informal Word 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!”


The example on the left side is the more formal syllable Septolet.  The one on the right is made up of 14 words. You don’t count syllables.  4 word maximum on one line.


Keep Writing!

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”― Thomas Jefferson

Prompt Poem 12 –  (from Brendan’s suggestion:) Pick a scene from said movie. switch the genders of the involved characters and write a poem.

Animal Crackers  –  Groucho and Margaret Dumont have switched personalities

by Christopher J. Jarmick


I’m glad you dropped by Margaret

It’s good to see you.

What color is that garnet?



Hello Mr. Rittenhouse

I believe its scarlet



Goes with the blouse

I hope you can stay for a while.



Well Hello… hello

that makes me smile

I’ll stay the whole night through

Perhaps I’ll stay a week or two

But I must be going.



Oh no, Stay please

don’t go.



I may.

I like the way you look

I can picture you in the kitchen ,

burning the Ham,

you can’t cook,

but it’s the thought that counts.



What’s that you say?



I can picture you bent over the hot stove

I can’t see the stove anyway, but I’m thinking

what’s the plumber doing looking at the stove?



I don’t understand, your confusing me.



Easy to confuse a man.



Oh you shouldn’t say that

I’ll try to understand


You’re right.


I am.



Well it’s possible…not looking for a fight,

I was looking at your face

Wondering if it could really stop a clock

And then I realized the clock would still be right

twice a day, and I thought, that’s something nice

I could say to you.

You’re right at least twice a day!

And then I think

your rich and I sort of like

younger men



Would you holler

If I loosened my collar?

It’s suddenly a little hot in here



Please get comfortable

I’ll try not to leer.



I could get used to

Having you near.



Well I wish I could stay,

But now I must go away.

I’ll think of you every month.



Not every day?



Maybe but not unless

I stay.



You may

You know



You really don’t want

me to go?



I have been saying so



Then that settles it,

I refuse to stay

if you won’t tell me to go away.

Then I fear

I must certainly disappear.



Oh dear.

This is so sad



No tears young boy, don’t cry

I would quickly tire of you being my toy

Be glad, be happy, you amused,

I must fly,

you weren’t abused,

Time to run along,  Goodbye.


Some Groucho and Dumont scenes to enjoy here!

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