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NaPoWriMo Day 8

April 8, 2013

NaPoWriMo Badge

OTTAVA RIMA on the NaPoWriMo Creative Process

When prompted, poets write a poem each day.
They write and rhyme while daily deadlines loom.

A conscientious poet finds a way
For editing and rewrites, she makes room.

But while arranging all one wants to say,
A schedule may break down and meet its doom.

Creation of the poem at its end,
A new prompt comes; the process starts again.

by Cheryl Crockett

This is the Day 8 Challenge as it appears on

“… try writing in ottava rima — an Italian form that, in English, usually takes the form of an eight-line stanza of iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c. The most famous poem in English that uses the ottava rima form is probably Byron’s Don Juan. If you haven’t read it, it’s wickedly funny! It’s really amazing how contemporary Byron’s language is — it’s like he’s your mean-girl friend just gossiping at you in verse. But unlike Byron, you don’t have to write an entire epic in ottava rima! Just eight lines will do for now. Happy writing!”

Back to Cheryl’s NaPoWriMo 2013 Main Post

My daily haiku is below. I am writing one haiku per day for all of 2013.

Haiku #96

Cicadas! They’re coming!
Their sound may be brief.
Then there’s lots of sweeping.

by Cheryl Crockett

See Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku 2013


NaPoWriMo: National Poetry Writing Month 2013

April 4, 2013

When I discovered OctPoWriMo (October Poetry Writing Month) last fall, I was surprised that this “poetry writing month” was not happening during April, National Poetry Month. I commend Julie Jordan Scott (@juliejordanscot) and Morgan Dragonwillow (@MDragonwillow) for sharing and spreading their love of writing poetry across the calendar, but I was only up to their challenge in spirit and fell far short of finishing poems inspired by a quarter of the daily prompts.

Since then, I have learned much about blogging my poetry. Starting small, at the beginning of 2013, I began writing daily haiku with the goal of writing one per day for the entire year. Later, I found NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month – just in time – it’s in February) and NaSoWriMo (for Songwriting in May). Each of these appeals to me.

Click here to see my daily haiku.

The problem here is that it is late on April 4th (minutes to midnight) and I have not thrown Poem 1 into the fray. But, in my defense, I can say I was not sufficiently informed or inspired until today. I would kick myself for not having been here on day one, but that would only create further delay. And since I know the poetry community is a supportive and forgiving one, I anticipate that anyone who starts late is likely to be very warmly welcomed.

My solution, submitted for your approval, is for me to post my first four poems as drafts and work on them publicly until they are completed, while doing my best to keep up with day 5 through the rest of the month. Do we have a deal?

NOTE: Because I have been writing haiku everyday, I will keep the haiku to a minimum for NaPoWriMo.

Happy Poetry Month!

Cheryl Crockett

P.S.: I LOVE when people comment on my blogs, but don’t do it just because I asked! 🙂
P.P.S.: If someone would send me the badge code for NaPoWriMo 2013, please, I will post it with my poems (or, I could make my own and share it with everyone). This message will be removed and replaced with the badge once I have one.