NaPoWriMo: Poem – Poetic/Everyday Words -Nonet – ” Man Sitting Still “

And last but not least, our prompt (optional, as always). Today I challenge you to write a “mix-and-match” poem in which you mingle fancy vocabulary with distinctly un-fancy words. First, spend five minutes writing a list of overly poetic words – words that you think just sound too high-flown to really be used by anyone in everyday speech. Examples might be vesper, heliotrope, or excelsior. Now spend five minutes writing words that you might use or hear every day, but which seem too boring or quotidian to be in a poem. Examples might be garbage disposal, doggy bag, bathroom. Now mix and match examples from both of your lists into a single poem. Hopefully you’ll end up with a poem that makes the everyday seem poetic, and which keeps your poetic language grounded. Happy writing!

For more information please see NaPoWriMo.


Poetic Words:







Everyday Words:








Lackadaisical man, sitting very still.

Phantasmagoria overtaking,

From joint, bombastically nice.

Illustrious, not at all, 

Ridiculously lost –

Some thingy just,


In his,




His fault,

He’s just not —


Important thingy.

Bombastically dumb,

Lackadaisical inclined,

Ridiculous seems, but very nice.

Phantasmagoria takes over from drugs.


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12 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Poem – Poetic/Everyday Words -Nonet – ” Man Sitting Still “”

    1. Thanks Ruchira, I’m glad you liked it. I find since one is writing poetry everyday in NaPoWriMo, by the end the poetry comes much more fluidly. I always tell myself at times, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Every poem can’t be stellar. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Melinda. Glad you liked it. Don’t feel like you have to do the quote thing. I feel those kind of things such as awards too, are only if you have time. And I know some people never do. Have a great week 🙂

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