NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 29 and April 30 and Prompt Poems

April 28, 2019

The final two NaPoWriMo 2019 prompts.  Here we go!!!

Prompt for April  29   (write poem to this prompt on April 29th  )

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”Isaac Asimov

From Brendan McBreen that Striped Water Poets member from the Auburn area whose latest collection of poetry from MoonPath Press is Cosmic Egg.

counting backwards

write a countdown poem

use gradually decreasing numbers in a poem

concluding with your final line

this should be a blast!

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Albert Camus

Prompt for April  30   (write poem to this prompt on April 30th )

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”Sylvia Plath

It’s the last official day of NaPoWriMo  (you can of course keep writing a poem a day, I mean now that it is almost a habit perhaps you should.  Plenty of prompts out there if you need them.)  Congratulations for making an effort to write each and every day.   Hope you stretched a bit and some of the excercises challenged you.  Hope most of it was fun.   Maybe you even wrote some things that can revised into something worth keeping and publishing.

Go through what you have written the last 29 days and pick out 4 lines.  Incorporate these 4 lines into the body of your poem that reveals something most people probably do not know about you.  You can alter and revise your 4 words (but they should be fairly close to how they originally appeared).

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”Robert Frost

“You can make anything by writing.”C.S. Lewis

Prompt 24   Rewrite song lyrics

Fly Trump Past the Moon

(song parody)  by Christopher J. Jarmick


Fly Trump past the moon

let him nick-name all the stars

Let Musk blast him far away

Past that Jupiter and Mars

In twitter posts, be pushy

In twitter posts, can’t grab pussy.


Make us great again

and bring back some civility

It’s all that we long for

All we dream about some more

In Twitter posts he will yell

In twitter posts, He can’t spell


Mueller’s report will tell

though cunning Barr will redact

the truth shall be known

and Trump we shall  extract


In twitter posts he will yell

To his rude posts,   we shall reply

Go   to . . . .


Prompt 25 – aliteration

Boris belches

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Boris, the biggest born behemoth belched

Creating chaotic calamity

Seismic seizures, celebrations squelched

Time trembled, terrible travesty.

“Manners matter!” commands Mother Mabel

Disgraced, dumbfounded, definitely in disfavor

bashful behemoth boy Boris blushes at his bad behavior

Totally terrified tot told to vacate table.

Prompt 26       A Stream of consciousness write after listening and writing down five or six words or phrases that someone said.

Michael Lewis’ Pod Cast Extrapolated

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Life isn’t so hard, but it isn’t easy

And did you ever really look hard enough

to realize there are little tragedies in nearly

everyone’s life you have ever met

and in nearly every family there are dysfunctions

and usually people hold onto grudges

And the original reason is often grudge-holding worthy

but most are held onto year and year

like a really bad habit

which doesn’t make much sense at all

because the wound won’t heal until you figure

out how to forgive and mostly forget.

Why open up your wound all the time?

Why carry around such stuff?

But now it’s time to stop writing and notice

how beautiful the light looks outside

And notice the shadows that are being cast

And walk outside and take a long deep breath

Paying attention to the whole process of

Breathing in, holding the air in your lungs

And then letting it go.

Yes, letting it go.

Man, the light is beautiful right now.

Wish you were here.

Prompt 27 – pick a canned phrase and expand on the sentiment

in an extreme and overly detailed way  8 lines or more extreme.

No limits

By Christopher J. Jarmick

There are no limits to what you can achieve

your imagination is organically illimitable

no red or yellow lights, speed restrictions, or dead ends

in the way of your path to reach your goal.

Don’t imagine a problem, just believe it and you can achieve it.

Picture, taste, touch, smell, put the top down and feel it in the air

Race to that goal, speed bumps and obstacles do not exist.

Space, infinity, nothing to stop you.  No bars.  No caps.

No bounds, no controls, no rations

No freeze, no bridles, no brakes,

No demarcation, no checks, no locked doors.

Prompt 28   Find five verbs and five nouns used in Space/Astronomy/Rocket Science and use them to write about another subject.

Not a Romantic Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Kepler’s laws sure seem to apply

to a young lovers combusted heart

It’s a circular geocentric, cosmic alignment

that makes you hear your special song on the radio

in the mall, in a TV commercial

The quasar burns for her.

Where’s a black hole when you need one?

Feeling worse than a byproduct of a dwarf planet

jettisoned toward a disintegrating comet.

you wish you could combust like a celestial fireball

instead of having a parallax view and that feeling

like a penumbra in a waning moon.


Keep Writing!!!

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