#319: How to Write a Poem Every Day


Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends called National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPoWriMo for short. Here is my first of 30 attempts, my seventh year in a row. The number 319 in my title, FYI, represents the number of poems I have published on the mighty blog, 180 of which were written in the cruelest month of April over six years. The prompt on the NaPoWriMo website suggested for today a HOW TO poem. So I wrote the following in honor of the month and of this endeavor. I didn’t tap this baby out and it doesn’t rhyme, but it’s a sonnet, by god, nevertheless.

How to Write a Poem Every Day

First, you must be a living person.
Words may work, as tools, to make a poem,
but some say that fire is good, a fork or a spoon,
a pickaxe in a tight spot, or a sponge.

If you sit down with a pen and some paper,
that might be a good start, but if you are warm,
an icepack over the eyes may be just as good,
or, if you are cold, a blanket or a dog.

I recommend that every day this month
you practice balancing a marble on your nose
and watching it fall, over and over again.
There are no incorrect ways to do this.

It’s easier than finding a penny on the sidewalk;
all you really have to do is to open your eyes.

Published by michaeljarmer

I'm a public high school English teacher, fiction writer, poet, and musician in Portland, Oregon

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