Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Month’


NaPoWriMo Prompts for April 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28; plus some poems!

April 23, 2019

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”  —Gustave Flaubert

We’re down to the final 7 prompts of NaPoWriMo 2019!   Here’s the next 5 challenges and inspirations to keep you writing.

But first…for those of you in Western Washington:

This FRIDAY from 1:30pm to around 4pm, writer, poet, editor and publisher David D. Horowitz will be at BookTree in Kirkland.  It’s always fun when he hangs out and talks/reads/answers questions.  Facebook Event Page you can share is here! 

Also:  Saturday is Seattle Independent Bookstore Day!  BookTree is once again part of it.  Be part of the celebration of Independent bookstores.  Thank You.   Facebook for SIBD here!  

And now to the prompts.

Prompt for April  24   (write poem to this prompt on April 24th  )

Music.   Rewrite the lyrics to a song you admire.  Keep a nearly identical meter and rhyme pattern.  (Tell us what song it was only at the end of your poem).

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”William Faulkner

Keep Writing!

Prompt for April 25    (write poem to this prompt on April 25th )

From Brendan McBreen  :  dive into the dark dank deep depths of alliteration!

write a poem using alliteration in each line… can you make it rhyme?

Happy Poeming!

Prompt for April 26   (write poem to this prompt on April 26th   )

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” Sidney Sheldon

Stream of consciousness write.   Listen.   Write down the sounds you hear and make sure you hear voices speaking or go to the internet or radio and write down five or six words that someone has said

Now use this to write for 4 to 5 minutes and I mean just write, pen to paper preferably and move the pen as continuously as possible for several minutes.   Take a few minutes (no more than 3 minutes – just 3 minutes) and that’s your poem for today.

“Don’t get it right, get it written.” – – Ally Carter

Keep Writing!

Prompt for April 27    (write poem to this prompt on April 27th )

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”John Steinbeck

From Brendan McBreen

canned phrase

pick a canned phrase you use like “have a nice day” and expand on the sentiment

in an extreme and overly detailed way

eight lines long extreme

“I write to discover what I know.”Flannery O’Connor

Happy Poeming!

Prompt for April  28   (write poem to this prompt on April 28th   )

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” –William Faulkner

Twisting a prompt idea from Brendan McBreen we have this challenge:

Find five verbs and five nouns used in Space/Astronomy/Rocket Science and use them to write about another subject. The idea is to create an extended metaphor in a short poem, of maybe ten to twelve lines.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”Sylvia Plath

And here are poems I wrote for the last shared prompts.

Prompt for April 22    (write poem to this prompt on April 22nd  )

Prompt 22   Recipe Poem that reads like a detailed recipe but doesn’t have anything to do with cooking or baking.

Laura’s Recipe for a Maltese Detour


Christopher J. Jarmick

Organize your shopping list of ingredients

though it probably won’t matter much.

Wear black and consider a hat.

One or two: Shady Dames

One or Two: Saps

One or two: unwashed cops

Three:  tablespoons of angular perspective

from below the eye-line

Four: Teaspoons of mood lighting

Five: Pinches of some

not quite right circumstances

Six: Cups of desperation

Six: Dead ends – peeled.

Seven or eight:  Mugs of untrustworthy,

possibly spoiled unkempt

characters and stoolies.

(they’ll be available to you

almost everywhere you go.)

Eight: Halves of hard-boiled cynicism.  Diced.

Nine: Drops of sweat

on or about the brow.

Ten: Zest scrapings from

a this- isn’t-going-to-end


Combine and mix the ingredients.

But you know what doll?  It really doesn’t matter

How you do it.  We’re doomed to repeat

our past mistakes, make a mess of things anyway.

Eventually you’ll figure out the best way

to half-bake everything and when you split it up

into equal portions, folks will accuse you and others

of it not being fairly divided and then there is the

sour, bitter after-taste.

Intentional and

certainly part of the appeal

but there’s going to be smoke

and serious injuries.

You probably should be smart

leave early, get a head start, forget the whole thing,

but 10 to 1 says

you won’t.


Prompt 23 Poem  (TODAY)

write a poem in the form of a conversation between a mythological character

and an inanimate object repeating four randomly chosen words throughout.

Catch,  spring,  release, fire   (are the words)

Rukuba and the Ball

By Christopher J. Jarmick

“Catch me, Rukuba,”  Ball said.

“Catch you?” asked the guardian of fire.

“Yes it is spring and we must

play catch and release.”

Rukuba sprang into action catching the ball

releasing it quickly as if it were on fire.

Ball laughed. “I shall bounce high into the air.”

“…and I shall spring into the air faster than a

a spark from a fire and catch and release you.”

“You are fast!”

“Let us play catch and release some more.”

It is a perfect game for a spring day,” Ball agreed

“I will give you a three second head start.”

“I will roll down the hill and into the spring

where surely you, the guardian of fire, will not

dare catch and release me.”

“Try me, my silly friend.”

And the two new best friends played

catch and release until the spring sun set

And the fireflies appeared.

Keep Writing!!!


NaPoWriMo 2017! And so it begins . . .

March 31, 2017

And so it begins. . . .  NAPOWRIMO 2017

Always be a poet, even in prose.

Charles Baudelaire


NaPoWriMo  2017    April 1 to April 30 2017

National Poetry Writing Month = NAPOWRIMO


April is National Poetry Month.   To celebrate people challenge themselves to write at least one poem each and every day during National Poetry Month.   Some choose a prompt and use it to create a poem.


I post daily prompts to help inspire YOU to write.


Poets around the world participate in the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Some post prompts on blogs or sites.  Many also post their poems…usually first drafts of writes that they have written to these prompts. This is of course a writing exercise and whatever you create in an hour or so will likely need rewriting, and editing before it can blossom fully as a poem.  What you wind up doing is creating a habit where you write every day.


Please participate any way you are able.  Write every day or every other day or once a week.  If you fall behind and want to catch-up. . . do so.  If you skip some days… that’s okay.  This is a challenge, not a contest, not even a rite of passage.  Consider it a writing exercise and every day that you can participate consider a gift you are giving to your creative self.  Feel free to write messages, share my posts (with POETRYisEVERYTHING mentioned please).  I’ll be sharing too and will sometimes post links to other blogs that have poems or prompts.


Find about more  About NaPoWriMo here 


Again, I have asked Brendan McBreen  a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington to suggest some prompts that I’ll use during the month of April.   Thankfully he sent over lots of suggestions.    His website is here: Brendan’s Site


On a personal note, I am overwhelmed with the work of running a  brand new business – as of late last year I am the co-owner of BookTree an independent new and used bookstore located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Washington.   BookTree on Facebook   (Please LIKE and Follow the page).  And  The BookTree Website.


If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore.  Robert Lashley will be leading a free workshop and later in the evening reading some poems from his newest collection Up South.  We’ll also have an open mic.

Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything at BookTree.  


Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree with his brand new book on April 22ndHunter Facebook Event Page


I’ll be reading at two places next Saturday (April 8th)!  First is the  Greenlake Library (4 p.m. ) with David Horowitz.  And later in the evening I’ll be at the Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery, Main Street  in Bothel  at 7 p.m. for a special reading (along with Rayn Roberts).  Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery Reading  Both readings are free and also have an open mic.

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.

The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over

and let the beautiful stuff out. ”

― Ray Bradbury


DAY 1  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 1, 2017  

Let’s begin the 2017 NaPoWriMo challenge with a fairly simple prompt.


First lines of books.   Choose 5 to 6 first lines in books that you admire.  Mix them up to create two new sentences.  Use one sentence to begin your poem and another to end your poem.  From the sentences you chose use three words from one or more of the sentences as they originally appeared (in order) in lines 2, 3, 4, and 5.


Your finished poem should be 6 lines in length.

(Share the names of the books your lines came from when you post your poems)

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.


Look for the April 2nd prompt after 10 p.m. tomorrow.




NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month March 31, 2014 Prompt for Day 1 for April 1, 2014

March 31, 2014

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails…explore…dream….discover.

Mark Twain


In other words. . .  if you haven’t joined the NaPoWriMo challenge in previous years; there’s no time like the present.  Welcome.   And if you are taking up the challenge again. . . welcome back.


It’s the NaPoWriMo head start program.    We get a jump on NaPoWriMo 2014 (or a few hours anyway) which begins as usual on April Fool’s day (here in the U.S.),  so be fearless enough to be foolish enough to participate and take up the challenge to write a poem each and every day this April.  Can you do 30 poems in 30 days?  Can you do 15?  Write as often as you can.




Topic:  Harlequin


(For April Fool’s day. . .the Harlequin character seems like a good subject for a poem)


And we’ll take things easy with a free-write approach.


The Harlequin character evolved from a demon or emissary of the devil character and started becoming a stock theatrical character as far back as 1262 where the character was used in popular French Passion plays.   More development  of the character occurred in the 16th century where re-interpretation from the devil stock character into the Commedia dell’arte  Zanni of Zani character took place which made the Harlequin into an astute immigrant servant or trickster  (the English word Zany derives from this persona of the character).


Usually the Harlequin character is characterized by his chequered costume and though clever, witty and a trickster who was often ‘zany’ he was able to act sophisticated.  He really wasn’t a motley fool or silly clown.  The Harlequin’s development is closer to the modern romantic hero  than the court jester.   In the 1860s, the Harlequin character was often paired with a brutish clown figure and the beginning of what would become 20th centuries slapstick comedy came to be.


And so let the Harlequin inspire your write on this April Fool’s day.   You can concentrate on the character in any of its personas, or perhaps it’s the costume that included dark mask and chequered patterns that will inspire something in you.


You’re poem can be any style, any length.


I suppose if you make a nod or two to its German, Italian, French or Spanish origins in some way, you might get extra boasting rights.   Perhaps you poem should be clever or witty or zany or mischievous.


You decide.


I will post my poetic offering  after tomorrow’s prompt.    I have no idea what I’m going to write for this one….but it MUST be done.


Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014


Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

Click here for Part 1


Click here for Part 2




Click here for Part 3  

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The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek   ποιέω (poieō), “‘I

make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’




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


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 29, 2011 29/30

April 29, 2011

It’s the 29th day of NaPoWrimo.

What should we write today?  How about something brand new.  That almost no one has ever done before?  That’s worthy of the 29th day of this crazy challenge isn’t it?

How about a unique twist on a found poem?  Teresa came up with a new one.

We will call it a Found Fan/Drape poem.   Take a page from a newspaper, cut it in half so it’s about 11 inches in length  or take a page from a magazine  or something else with a lot of small type and words on the page.  Now fold it in half from the top to bottom.   Next fold it again… either in half again or about ¾ of an inch and fold it one way… then back the other way (like you’re making a paper fan).

When you open it back up you want to see very distinctive lines in the paper.

The words that appear on these lines are the only ones you can use.   Both sides of the paper, but you can only use the words that are on these lines.  If the words are NOT on these lines.. you can NOT use them.

You can use 1 word or 2 words or 3 words together.  You can not use 4, 5 or 6 words together.  So only 1, 2 or 3 word combos are possible.   Try to go in order and do not go back to pick up any words.  You can start in order on one side of the paper.. and flip it over to the other side and then go back to the other side if you would like.

Use these words to built a poem at least 7 lines long.

I used the Editorial Page of the Seattle Times from April 28th 2011 for this prompt.




Trump, you’re not qualified

to solve problems.

Cherry-picking  senior

Citizens by

Comb-over circus politics.

What we want

Is a tax- guaranteed

not printed off cedar needles.



Public education clearly unwise

Opt out donation

Customers can pay

Omnipresent green parking machines.

A failed experiment

That’s a bold promise.

Our staff, drug free

We offer key reasons

They can’t afford.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything



NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for Day 26, 2011 26/30

April 26, 2011

NaPoWrimo Day 26  

5 more to go.  If you haven’t been doing it… join us for the final 5.  Write a poem every day and post it.   Make it into a challenge and do a double dog dare challenge… like this one:

The  7, 7, 7

As in

7 lines…. 7 minute time limit   using 7 words (articles like: the, and…don’t count) found in a poem .

Specifically this poem:   Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop   which can be found here:    On the website.

Use 7 words from the poem in 7 lines within 7 minutes.  Share what you come up with.   Here are 2 …

7, 7, 7,  Station Fill Up

By Christopher J. Jarmick

This dirty memory; regret I have

will be gone with flick of match.

Burn the pretty lace doily,

collectable comic books too.

Forget the good times ; they lie.

Arrange the oil cans all in  too neat row

Let them ponder this disturbing display.

7, 7, 7  E.B. Filling Station

By Teresa Jarmick

Somebody builds a home

Front porch with gray floor and white columns

Wicker furniture, tea for two

and more.

Then the monkey grabs his dirty greasy gasoline

Lights a march, and grins like a phony comic

While my heart burns down.

© 2011

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem and Prompt for April 25, 2011 25/30

April 25, 2011

Day 25  And then there were 6 .  . .  The last Monday this year you are obligated to write a NaPoWriMo poem.

We are racing down the final stretch of NaPoWriMo 2011 and hopefully when we get done we’ll have something good to eat.

In the meantime…today’s prompt is. . . Recipe.

Your poem should resemble a recipe.   It should not be a recipe for anything you would eat, but it should resemble a recipe.  Be as creative as you would like.    Have fun with it.   Enjoy the challenge.   Doesn’t have to be an actual recipe but it should resemble a creative recipe.

Baked Condo

by Chris & Teresa Jarmick

serves 2-4

Pre-heat living space to 68 degrees.

To several large double insulated windows

Add Granite counter, center isle cooking

Walk in pantry, stainless steel appliances

Wood or bamboo floors

then pour in mixture of  vaulted ceiling


Furnace, central air, and fireplace

Slowly mix in

Huge Master Bedroom

Large jet soaking tub

Blend with

His and Her Walk in Closets

front loading Washer/Dryer

Prepare on

One level

Embellish by sprinkling

Large entertainment ready deck

with slate surface on top.

Serve warm

right before spectacular sunset

© 2011

Tomorrow’s prompt:

7 lines…. 7 minute time limit   using 7 words (articles like: the, and…don’t count) found in the poem  Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop   which can be found here:    On the website.

Keep writing

Poetry is Everything