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NaPoWriMo 30/30 April 29, 2018

April 28, 2018

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” ― Harper Lee

NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 29, 2018

“Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.” ― André Gide

And then there were 2…    Almost over….and guess what?  It’s time to do the laundry!

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

Another prompt from Brendan (Cosmic Egg) McBreen –  Imagine opening the dryer and finding someone else’s laundry, write a brief poem describing this person based on their laundry.

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” – Peter De Vries
Keep Writing!

My prompt poem for Day 26  (I posted Day 27 yesterday…and out of the usual order I have been posting). The prompt was to create a list of words from a book.   My Wordscame  from page 26/27 of Body & Soul by Frank Conroy (only a few paragraphs on page 26 so went to page 27 to finish random word lists

Words:   Moved, side, winter, piano, method, bills


Write 2 different poems with the words


Paying the bills

Christopher J. Jarmick


My foolproof method involved moving

the bills from one side of the counter

to the piano and I would pay them the following Friday.

Last winter they were moved

to the magazine pile on the coffee table,

so most were paid late.


Ghost Piano

By Christopher J. Jarmick


Last winter the piano

was moved from the house

I grew up in.

I learned the Bastien method

for a couple years from  a teacher

who gave lessons to pay the bills

and on the side was part of a blues/jazz ensemble.


When I visited the house

I stared at the place the piano once occupied.

My knees involuntarily began to bend

as I thought about sitting on the bench

to play a few simple chords.


NaPoWriMo 2016 for May 1, 2016

April 30, 2016

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy

MAY 1    NaPoWriMo 2016 is history.

NaPoWriMo 2016  is done.  Writing every day is a good habit to develop and if prompts help you do it, well prompts are everywhere and on the internet and I also created a Writing Prompt Page Here which I will be adding to.

Thanks for visiting this blog.  I hope you found it interesting.  I learn something new every NaPoWriMo April as I stretch a bit outside of what I normally would be writing.  Some poems with some rewriting and editing might wind up being keepers.  A few lines may be used elsewhere.  Some seeds for future writes have also been planted.

My latest poetry collection, Not Aloud just got a great review from Raven Chronicles (by Thomas Hubbard).  Click here to read it.

2016 NaPoWriMo began here. 

Keep writing!

My Day 30 Prompt Poem Part 1 (I poem without the “I”)

Not an “I” Poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick


He, not you,

says too much

too late.


Some wonder – how?

…never happen to



They are too happy

seem made for each other

Yet. . .


News travels fast.

That really happened? When?

So unexpected.


She says she knew

Even thought: ‘Why not sooner?’

He says: ‘Crazy.’


He should’ve

She could’ve

Now too late.



Not about you



No ‘we’

any longer – here

but gonna be okay.


My Day 30 Prompt Poem Part 2  (create a poem using lines of recently written poems)

Old lines, new poem

By Christopher J. Jarmick


Don’t ask me about redundancy

Dreary gray nebulous clouds overhead.

At Bharadvaja’s Twist Lounge, Big Toe greeted me at the door.

Go to ‘little falls’ in Minnewaska, strip off your clothes like it’s 1974.


Cool breeze, alder and pine

leaving traces, through green forest

Passing curiosities are like melting ice,

the last light of the day paints the clouds.


The camera always moving . . .

They aren’t playing liars poker or joker’s wild

We let go of the things

They love you but are not your friends.


Says she: “Prove it with a kiss.”

Delicate butterfly

tiny hummingbird

in the purple rain.


The storm is over, new norm arriving

geese coming in for a landing.

The poet and magician practice their craft

A red sunset fading into lilac lights


Renew your muse

A jittery inquiry about Glittery Hillary’s contradictory abilities

Purpnerkling obfuksications

Stay adiabatic

(lines from 24 of my NaPoWriMo writes from April 2016 were used.)


NaPoWriMo Day 30 Prompt for April 30, 2016

April 29, 2016

“The artist deals with what cannot be said in words.

The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words.

The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.”

Ursula K. Le Guin


DAY 30  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 30, 2016

Welcome to Day 30 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  This is it!  NaPoWriMo 2016 will soon be a thing of the past.  I hope you’ve been challenged, and inspired to write a little more than usual these past 30 days and flexed your writing muscles a bit in the process.  Special thanks to Brendan McBreen (of Auburn, WA) who suggested several prompts I’ve included this year.  I am juggling lots of things (projects and personal stuff) and his help in prompt-making was greatly appreciated.

I have  recently created a Writing Prompt page that I’ll be more prompts to.  So if you want or NEED a writing prompt…feel free to use one or more of them. WRITING PROMPT PAGE HERE   

DOUBLE DOWN …..   Two Prompts….

The 30th Prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016 Part 1:

I attended the Kevin Young lecture at Hugo House (on the 28th) where he talked about ‘voice’ and ‘tone’ and many other things too.  At the end of the Q and A he was asked to throw out a poetry challenge.  Basically, he suggested writing an “I” poem…but eliminating “I” from it, perhaps turn it inside out, question the writing of an “I” poem as you create it… play with shifting the tone of the poem.

So let’s do that….write an “I” poem without using “I” and/or create a subversive dialogue of the writing of an “I” poem within the poem you create.


The 30th Prompt Part 2:

Create a poem made up of lines that you used in poems you have written recently (preferably NaPoWriMo poems you have been writing).   Create three 4 to 6 line stanzas made up of previously written lines.

I will post mine tomorrow!!!!

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 29 Prompt Poem (Path-Crosser)

Things (A Path-Crosser)

By Christopher J. Jarmick

When we think of rooms

we see them full

of things collected.

Things stuck in time

representing moments passed,

allowing instant access.

What happens now?


We loved our things;                                                                      We let go of the things

succumbed to sentimentality                                                      so they won’t control us.

We are vulnerable enough                                                           When we see rooms full of things

without the weight of things                                                       we can remember our places

But we succumb to their allure                                                    How we let them go. . .

Let them weaken us.                                                                       We were more than our things.




NaPoWriMo Day 24 Prompt for April 24, 2016

April 23, 2016

“A new word. Bright with possibilities.

 A flawless pearl to turn over and over in my hand,

 then put away for safekeeping.”

Jennifer Donnelly


DAY 24  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 24, 2016

Welcome to Day 24 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Word Mashup Poem

Write an 8 line (or longer) poem that has at least 2 mashup words (4 would be even better).  Mashup words means you put two words together that normally would not ever be put together and may in your mind have a meaning that is different than the meaning of either of the words separately.

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 22 Prompt Poem  (Prince Songs)

For Prince

By Christopher J. Jarmick

When 7 Doves Cry 2gether, pray for 17 days

4 the Tears in YOUR Eyes, and count the days.


Remember the dinner with Delores, her little red corvette,

raspberry beret and those diamond and pearls in Paisley Park?


Anna Stesia, cinnamon girl, darling Nicki and the beautiful ones

draped in pink cashmere had dirty minds in the days of wild.

We were so delirious we had to do it all night

no matter the controversy it caused (circa 1999)

on Alphabet Street in Erotic City.


Come on, do me baby, money don’t matter 2 night,

gigolos get lonely too. I wanna be your lover; get wild,

get It up, and cream.

Don’t talk 2 strangers, damn U, we’ll glam slam,

have the glamorous life and be the greatest romance ever sold

‘cause nothin’ compares 2 U.


You’re the most beautiful girl in the world,

U got the look,

U make my sun shine, and

I feel for you,

I would die 4 U if  I love U 2 nite though

I could never take the place of your man.


I am Insatiable.

Letitgo, kiss me, let’s go crazy, be scandalous,

pretend we’re married, sugar walls.

If I was your girlfriend, breakfast can wait as

we have a manic Monday love bizarre

build ice cream castles, and read the morning papers.


Just as long as we’re together,

hearing the rhythm of your heart

somewhere here on earth;

I know love-thy will be done.


The private joy of our strange relationship

means we can always laugh

in the purple rain.



Song titles used:   7, When Doves Cry, 2gether, 17 Days, 4 the Tears in YOUR Eyes, Pray, Count the Days, Dinner with Delores, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, Diamond and Pearls, Paisley Park,   Anna Stesia, Cinnamon Girl, Darling Nicki,The Beautiful Ones, Pink Cashmere, Days of Wild, Delirious, Dirty Mind, Do It All Night, Controversy, Alphabet Street, Erotic City, 1999, Come on, Do Me Baby, Money Don’t Matter 2 Night, Gigolos Get Lonely Too, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Get Wild, Get It Up, Cream, Don’t talk 2 Strangers, Damn U, Glam Slam, Glamorous Life, The Greatest Romance Ever Sold, Nothin Compares 2 U, You’re The Most Beautiful Ggirl in the W orld, U Got the Look,U Make My Sun Shine,  I feel for you, I Would Die 4 U, I Love U 2 Nite, I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man Insatiable,  Letitgo, Kiss,, Let’s go crazy, Scandalous, Let’s Pretend We’re Married, Sugar Walls. If I was Your Girlfriend Breakfast Can Wait,Manic Monday, Love Bizarre, Ice Cream Castles, The Morning Papers. Just As Long As We’re Together, The Rhythm of Your Heart, Somewhere Here On Earth, Love-Thy Will Be Done, Private Joy, Strange Relationship, Purple Rain.


NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 31 ! ! ! NaPoWriMo Wrap Up for Thursday May 1, 2014 Posted April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.”
Robert Frost

“You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere, because that’s always easiest.”
John Berryman

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”
Wallace Stevens

THAT’S IT! It’s a wrap! NaPoWriMo 2014 is over, done, finished, and completed. Of course, you might now be addicted and formed a habit of writing every day. Good. Please continue to do so. You might wish there were prompts and challenges. . . well there are plenty all over the web.. just look at what other poets and folks have posted in terms of prompts and challenges for 2014 or 2013 or earlier than that. There are plenty of prompts and challenges out there to push and challenge yourself if you need them.

And everything you wrote the last 30 days is ready to revised, edited and re-written and perhaps a few should be submitted to journals or contests or magazines.

I hope you found NaPoWriMo invigorating and inspiring.

The Prompt for Wednesday April 30th something old, something borrowed, something blue suggested you use some lines from a few poems you wrote during the last 30 days and compose some new lines with one line having something blue in it.

Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 30 . . .

Poem Starter 1430
By Christopher J. Jarmick

I’m sure only that ignorance is misery’s co-conspirator
And if I pretend not to notice the sky is falling, it can’t possibly hurt me.

(line borrowed from my translation poem and new line with something blue makes up this Poem Starter)

Rose Harlequin Soul
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Just beneath the mischievous pranks,
is the need for affection.
The trickster amuses the unsuspecting audience
but so little effort is required, boredom sets in.
Despite what the devil convince you is true
My eyes, the sky remain blue
Change is as unstoppable
as the seasons.
Seeds of good are planted
and with any luck we’ll stay together to see them bloom.

(I used lines from the poem I wrote for the Harlequin Prompt, the translation poem, and the movie reference poem for my old and borrowed lines).

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything


Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for May 1, 2011 31/30

May 1, 2011

It’s  the bonus, extra inning, echo NaPoWriMo Day.

Decided a couple of Septolets were in order and a few extras that were written a few weeks ago but never included.

(see below for the Septolet form info)

Septolet for May 1 2011   1.

By Chris and Teresa Jarmick

NaPoWriMo madness

Yearly stretch

Creative gallop

Game, Art

Quick writes

Word tumble

Poetic dances

SeptoLet for May 1 2011  2.

Red Black

Wedding theme

Kiss dance

Strangers, friends

Laughing, cake

Smooth grooves

Toast future

© 2011

Septolet Form sep-toe-lay form rules

The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. First part is 4 lines, second part is 3 lines. It’s okay if a line has 3 words in it, but that means another line will have 2. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.


By Christopher J. Jarmick

Strange man observed

From shadows this odd fellow

Creeps, waits, stares too intensely

Smiles strangely.

What does he want?

What is he seeing?

Why does it bother me so?

What about me am I afraid he may see?

What arrogant, false confidence will be deflated this eve?

Why is he inside my head?

What does he want?

Is it me?  Is it me?


By Christopher J. Jarmick

Don’t try so hard

Don’t force it

Take deep breath.

Take another.


one more

© 2011

Keep writing.

Poetry is everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 30, 2011 30/30

April 29, 2011

Day 30!!!!!   It’s the end of NaPoWriMo 2011.   Step right in, sit right down, pick up a pen

write a poem.    Need a prompt?   Glad to oblige.

Today’s   prompt is  a  5-5-5.   5 senses, Use at least 5 of the suggested words AND have the poem be 5 or 10 or 15 or 20 lines long.

1.        A 5 senses poem.   A poem that includes all 5 senses.

2.       Here are some natural words to use in your poem  (use at least 5 of these words)

Ocean, lava  droplet,  gazelle, blossom, nest,  snake,  moon,  chirp, clouds,  field,  stream,  grasshopper hiss, green,  seed,  fur,  forest, sunlight,  chrysalis, breeze,  buzz.

3.       And have your poem be 5, 10 or 15 lines long (divisible by 5).


By Chris and Teresa Jarmick

Pine tar, sea salt air

Rocks cackling at pier told fish tales

Droplet of rain as seagulls fly inland

Sunlight trickling over forest of restless waves

Breeze blows pregnant clouds onto shore

Sips coffee, swallows, buttons up jacket

Ocean hisses, buzz is ‘bad one’s comin’”

Hands shake goodbye, boardwalk, sidewalks empty

Black sky, lightning, thunder, downpour

Truck starts, rushing  stream of  water; then stillness

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything