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NaPoWriMo 30/30 May 1, 2018

April 30, 2018

“Don’t get it right – get it WRITTEN!” ― Lee Child

NaPoWriMo Day 31

Whether or not you wrote in rhyme

wrote mostly junk or something sublime

writing every day is hardly a crime

and though you didn’t earn a dime

here’s hoping you had a marvelous time!

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” ― Truman Capote

Thank you Brendan McBreen for contributing some wonderful, challenging prompts for NaPoWriMo 2018.   Use and re-use these prompts anytime, anywhere.

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” ― Red Haircrow

Keep Reading and Reading and Reading and Writing!

If you are near Kirkland, Wa.  Drop in to BookTree Bookstore at 609 Market St. Kirkland, WA 98033   Say “NaPoWriMo 2018, Poetry is Everything, Please give me 10% off my purchase” (available once per patron through May 31, 2018 – excluding certain collectors and special merchandise).  Please ‘Like’ BookTree’s Facebook page here.    Thank You!

“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.” ― Raymond Carver

Here are my poems written from prompt 29 and prompt 30.

My poem for prompt 29, which involves finding someone else’s laundry in the dryer

Stormy’s Laundry

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Dear Stormy,

I leave this worn but still provocative 38 double d

lace bra for you, pinned to this board

in hopes you will soon be

back.  I had to prove I’m no liar

(and for the record I don’t know Comey)

but I do have everything you left in the dryer.

I’ll keep it all for a week or so

And then I’m sure my wife will say

either those clothes or she will go.

 

I’ll donate them soon, so please

if you give me mine, I’ll give you yours.

No questions asked, which ain’t easy

because based on the volume of lacy pretty things

which seems to prove your profession is a little bit hipper

than being an accountant.  I mean all the frills and strings

clearly means you must be a professional stripper.

 

However you are not out of luck

as I figure this wardrobe costs more than a buck

or two  than what I wore when I was here today

a quite memorable one for me, I now must say.

Here’s hoping you’ll notice something is amiss

And soon return here to find this,

your lost bra and a little note from

Chris.

 

My Prompt 30 poem –  something old, new, borrowed and blue

 

And still we wait

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

He’s Baudelaire drunk

on Ferlinghetti’s poetic blue America

where politicians return to representing the people,

including the rich, the poor, the recent immigrants and the homeless.

 

We were caught in a storm but all is calm for now.

 

Be still. Breathe in, look

beyond the shimmering nova light.

Let the hopes, dreams and ideals

wash away the dirt of the journey.

We write louder than hate and now

several of us are throwing bottles with notes in them

into the oceans believing our imaginations will inspire one to ask;

what are these words worth, William, tell

us this love, this wisdom is also part of the real America we have waited for.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 27,2018

April 26, 2018

“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”― Aristotle

NaPoWriMo Day 27, 2018

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.” ― Virginia Woolf

Before we mention today’s prompt…. Let me remind you that Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day.   Try to visit three independent bookstores near you in the next few days and of course buy something if you can.  In the Seattle/Western Washington area ( and in many other areas) you can earn a coupon by visiting 3 bookstores!   Read.  Read a lot and support your friendly neighborhood bookstores too!  BookTree’s Independent bookstore day page!  

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 27, 2018

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” ― Stephen King

From Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen :  The writing is on the wall, find a piece of graffiti or a bumper sticker and write about that line, include the line in your poem.

Keep Writing!

“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.” ― Richard Price

My prompt poem for the 25th –  Ted Kooser inspired

Kooser Apples

By Christpher J. Jarmick

Somewhere

under the canopy of billions

of twinkling lights

beyond the shimmering nova light

of the busy city

behind the white picket fence

and lace curtains made by hand

nearly 100 years ago

a saucepan lid shimmies

letting steam escape

and fill the kitchen with the

sweet, fresh smell of apples

and cinnamon turning into what

you crave right now as you read this:

Applesauce.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 26, 2018

April 25, 2018

“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” ― William H. Gass

NaPoWriMo Day 26, 2018

Where does the time go?   We are winding down NaPoWriMo 2018.   I hope you’ve found some of the challenges inspiring and fun!

“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.” ― Harvey Pekar

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 26, 2018

Make a list of 6 random words from a book.

Open a book to page 26.  Write down the first word that is 5 letters or longer (but not a proper name).  Write down the 26th word (or the first four letter word after the 26th word).   In the 4rd paragraph write down the first four letter or longer word.  Write down the 10th word or the one after the 10th word that is at least 4 letters long  and then the next 5 letter word after that.   From the end of the page… write the last 4 letter word on the page.        Share your 6 words.  Use one of the 6 words in the title of the poem.      Write a poem at least 6 lines long using all 6 words in the body of the poem.   As a bonus challenge  Write two different poems with the words.

Keep Writing!

“great writers are indecent people

they live unfairly

saving the best part for paper.

good human beings save the world

so that bastards like me can keep creating art,

become immortal.

if you read this after I am dead

it means I made it.”

Charles Bukowski

 

My Prompt 24  poem Evoke poet Robert Penn Warren

You’ll never know

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Among the bearded oaks

I dare not try to recall

what was never said, never spoke

too majestic, silent, tall

 

Between the blades of grass I lie

almost out of sight

answers in the wind to satisfy

curious thoughts taking flight.

 

Still waiting hour after hour

Passions, slaughter, now to lay

the end of all my power

my truth, my flesh to decay.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 25, 2018

April 24, 2018

“Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to load.”― Ted Kooser

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 25, 2018

“Don’t talk to me about the stars, about how cold and indifferent they are, about the unimaginable distances. There are millions of stars within us that are just as far, and people like me sometimes burn up a whole life trying to reach them.” ― Ted Kooser

We’re on the homestretch for NaPoWriMo 2018.  I hope if you’ve been playing along at home that you are enjoying the challenge and developing a daily writing habit that will serve you well in the coming year.  Whether you are writing poems that with some re-writing and editing will be published or just flexing your creative muscles, you should pat yourself on the back for taking part in the challenge.

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 25, 2018

There are mornings when everything brims with promise, even my empty cup. – Ted Kooser

April 25- Happy Birthday Ted Kooser (1939)  our 13th US poet laureate.  His poetry seems to be rooted in the Mid-West and captures a vanishing way of life without being overly nostalgic.   So write a ‘Kooser’ poem today.

Keep Writing!

There’s nothing wrong with delighting in what you do. In fact, most of the fun you’ll have as a poet will come about during the process of writing. – Ted Kooser

My Prompt 23 Poem  – Somehow evoke these three writers/poets: Shakespeare, Vladimir Nabokov and Oregon-born poet Edwin (Man with a Hoe) Markham.

Lines Not Written In Oregon

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

Esmeralda! Can we rest

in this bewitched place of the West?

The weight of centuries bears down.

I lean upon the hoe, gazing toward sacred ground.

What breath blew out the light

inside my brain forever preventing flight

even as a dream echo asks why

as I stare at monarch butterfly?

I hear the blue birds, see green upon green

And yet I merely stand by this hoe and lean.

Profaned, disinherited, no one left to trust

But on this spot, I stand, I must

This be my place and here I shall rust.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 24, 2018

April 23, 2018

“Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.”― Robert Penn Warren

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 24, 2018

The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world. – Robert Penn Warren

Welcome to Day 24 of NaPoWriMo.  What we do today is history tomorrow.  It is either forgotten or used to do a little better tomorrow. Part of our poetic history is Robert Penn Warren.  Take a few minutes and learn about him, read a poem or two by him.

Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake. – Robert Penn Warren

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 24, 2018

April 24th –  Happy Birthday Robert Penn Warren (1905 to 1989)  He was a three=time Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and poet and was the first U.S. poet laureate.   So write a poem to remember, honor or perhaps write a Warren parody poem.

Keep Writing!

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life. – Robert Penn Warren

Prompt Poem 21  Inspired by Louise Gluck

Still Foolish After All These Years

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

After quietly declaring

this is a beautiful place to live,

(an unexpected house

with a view to raise a family;

He was lucky to be there)

it was the beginning of the end.

 

Compromise is something

to be fully understood

or you will have to re-build.

 

So storms dropped him hard

on unfamiliar beaches.

He was still foolish enough

to not give up, willing to learn

and finally understood the lesson

of letting go.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 22, 2018

April 21, 2018

“We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” ― Louise Glück

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 22, 2018

“Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.” ― Louise Glück

I hope you’ve been participating in NaPoWriMo 2018.  If you are just joining us, or reconnecting with us, glad you are here.  Developing the habit of writing every day will reap rewards.  Enjoy the process.

“The soul is silent. If it speaks at all it speaks in dreams.” ― Louise Glück

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 22, 2018

What was difficult

was the travel, which,

on arrival, is forgotten.” ― Louise Glück

April 22nd  – Happy 75th Birthday to Louise Glück (1942) who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1992’s Wild Iris.  Honor her with your poem today.  Read some of her poetry and perhaps borrow something from her to create your poem.

Keep Writing

“The master said You must write what you see.

But what I see does not move me.

The master answered Change what you see.” ― Louise Glück,

Prompt 20 Poem –  Channel your inner Fred Rogers (yes everyone’s favorite neighbor).  Write a poem about being responsible, selfless, and loving.  Well I sort of did that with my poem…

Poem for a Neighbor

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

A childhood without heart-wrenching

moments of trust being shattered

is a fantasy.

 

Whether it is physical, sexual, or emotional,

the abuse small, expected or tragic and criminal

turns children inside out

on their way to adulthood.

 

Should we really use a world of puppets

to explain and will something better, Fred?

Isn’t that naïve?

 

Faith in the moment, this one or in the next one

allows us to face our worst fears for a few minutes.

A few minutes can really matter.

Fred knew this.

He shared this.

 

Maybe it has to begin with a delusion

a fantasy, that grows into a dream

that gives us a vision.

It’s possible.

 

Fred being Fred

an ideal

creating a smile on our face

because smiling feels good

and we want to feel good

and believe we can have love

by thinking of love,

believing we all really do want

and could accept love

and we should at least try

for an ideal that is uncomplicated,

simple, and universal.

 

Perhaps the secret

is in the smallest details

always there, always available,

often ignored.

 

Big dreams

rooted in the

smallest of details

the power of

perfect little fantasies.

 

We all wish

for a neighbor like Fred Rogers

but we dare not

act too much like Fred

too risky, too corny,

too simple.

 

Let the smile be on our naked face.

without overthinking what price

a smile on our face might cost.

 

The smile that isn’t a mask.

the smile that is part of our faith

that there is some good in ourself,

some good in the world,

and most of our neighbors

want the same kind of simple truth

and happiness that you do.

 

We will get in our own way of course

but maybe 2 minutes today,

3 minutes tomorrow

can grow into 10 minutes a day

next year,

when we smile,

even in front of others,

because we can believe

in something better, bigger,

a neighbor that is good,

not perfect, just kind, compassionate.

 

If we imagine an understanding

we can begin to understand.

 

If we imagine peace

we have a chance of being peaceful.

 

Sure, I’ll be your neighbor, Fred.

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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 21, 2018

April 20, 2018

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 21, 2018

 “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac

Let there be light on this 21st day of NaPoWriMo!  Let the light shine in, shine bright.  Yes, our prompt today has something to do with this of course.  How did you know?  If you are near the Kirkland Wa area, BookTree has a free workshop followed by a free reading and open mic featuring James Bertolino and Anita K. BoyleFacebook Event Page Here  

NaPoWriMo – 30/30 –  Poem-a-Day prompt for April 21, 2018

Today’s prompt is from writer/poet Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen:

On a lighter note, write about light. Is it a wave, is it a particle, be ‘sciency’ and write a poem about light. Try to include at least three scientific terms relating to light.

Keep Writing!

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word

is really a large matter

 ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

― Mark Twain

 

Prompt Poem # 19   An Etheridge Knight inspired write.

 

Apostacy Part 2

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

His woman done left him

And so… and so…

He be damn angry

F. .  this and that

And damn the sun,

the perfect weather, the breeze,

the ripples on the water on the lake,

because there’s no hand to hold,

no reason to appreciate

no reason to be nice,

to dress up, to be smooth

and talk like candy.

No reason to feel lighter than air

smile, just because,

no reason t’all.