Create Art Podcast NaPoWriMo 2024 National Poetry Writing Month Day 20

National Poetry Writing Month Day 20

What is National Poetry Writing Month?

Welcome, art enthusiasts and wordsmiths alike, to another episode of Create Art Podcast! We are diving headfirst into the enchanting world of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). This annual event, which takes place every April, encourages poets and aspiring writers around the globe to embrace their creativity and commit to writing a poem each day for the entire month.

The Beauty of National Poetry Writing Month:
NaPoWriMo, similar to its prose-centric counterpart National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), is a celebration of the written word and the boundless creativity that can flow when one dedicates themselves to a daily practice. Poets of all levels of expertise are invited to take part, from seasoned wordsmiths to those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of verse.

Create Art Podcast has always been a haven for artists to share their creative processes, and NaPoWriMo offers a unique opportunity for poets to reflect on their craft. With a daily commitment to producing poetry, participants discover new facets of their writing style, experiment with various forms, and explore uncharted emotional territories.

Prompt for today

Our optional prompt for the day challenges you to write a poem that recounts a historical event. In writing your poem, you could draw on your memory, encyclopedias, history books, or primary documents. If you’re interested in a little research, you might find interesting this collection of letters written during the American Civil War, or this collection of primary documents concerning South Sea voyages. Or perhaps you might find something of interest in digging through Europeana, an online clearinghouse of digitized materials from cultural institutions across Europe.

Inspiration for this poem came from Ronald Regan Radio Address

Poem for Today

Crate Digging 

20 April 24 

A package had been sent it me 

The shape familiar 

Just over 12 inches square 

So carefully I opened it 

And found placed with care 

A record sleeve with no picture 

And the only writing on it was Ronald Regan 1961 

I opened it and found the familiar shape of a 12-inch record with no label 

So, I took off the record I had played last 

Something by Miles Davis or john Coltrane 

And put this new, mysterious record on the platter 

Recovering from the demon rum and weed 

That my jazz obsession claimed on me 

I pressed the play button 

And the tone arm raised,  

Moved over to the starting groove 

And set down as delicately as a mother placing her newborn baby down for a nap 

I sat back into my easy chair 

As the sound of Ronald Regan’s voice came over my speakers 

There was no music 

Just his voice droning on and on 

He told me the horros of socialized medicine 

And how that would destroy my savings 

How it would cost me my livelihood 

How it was unamerican 

How my son, he must not have read my FBI file 

Would not be able to decide where they would go to school 

Or what type of job they would have 

And I sat there transfixed on his words 

They seemed so wise 

He would never betray me 

How can I, in my sunset years, face my children and my children’s children 

And tell them what it’s like to be free 

When socialism, draped in liberalism, takes over our country 

I am hoping that Trump’s bible gets to me before I die and go to hell 

Because I didn’t read his holy word 

By the way I take a size 10.5 wide Donnie 

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