Ending NaPoWriMo

With April coming to an end, please allow me the honor of having you join me in this personal audio entry. Let’s end this month together…with a bang!

Hi, I’m John-Anthony and this is Jar of Poetry.

As we bid farewell to our beloved ‘Poetry Month’, I’d like to take a moment and thank everyone who contributed to NaPoWriMo 2020whether you’re following this blog or not.

I would also like to thank all the participants in JOP’s First Poetry Event for taking the time to submit their work. Hopefully, you had a great time, connected with other writers, and had a chance to try some different ideas for your poetry repertoire. From the middle—yes, middle part of my heart, “Thank you” for making this poetry month memorable for me.

Okay, that’s enough of that. Let’s get to the entry!

For JOP’s last round, the theme was to write your “Last Poem”. What did you want the world to remember from your poetry? Well, the entries are in and now, it’s time to announce who walks away with Round 4.

Drum roll please!”

Congratulations to…


Arushi (Unfiltered)

A.S. (My Bubble)

“A special mention to Words Monsters Me for sharing her poem, Wellspring which was published in a chapbook. I will be “Re-Blogging” this for you to read and to indulge in her work.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you JOP’s winners of Round 4! (I got excited when I was announcing  this… LOL) Let’s give them a hand!

Be expecting an email from jarofpoetry@gmail.com or you can email me with your decision. The choice is yours on what you would like to do with your prize! Again, congratulations everyone!

Since I have you here, I’ll be updating the site throughout the week…again. I like to change things up a bit. There will be new content for you to take a peek at. So, make sure to stop by and check it out when you have time. I’m also going to be taking a little break to get caught back up on some projects that I need to follow up on. So, if I don’t post anything next Sunday, that’s what I’m doing.

And that ladies and gents does it for JOP’s First Poetry Event and this entry!

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today!

Man…I had a lot of fun this month, hopefully you did too. I honestly can’t tell you how honored I am to be a part of the WP Poetry Community with people like you! It’s a pleasure sharing this platform with all of you!

So, if you like this and you haven’t done so yet, consider “Following”. Trust me, you’ll be in good company. And if you are following, Thank You for being a part of my life as we continue our writing ventures together.

I’m John-Anthony and this is OUR Jar of Poetry.

Take care and have a great week!

The song, “Please don’t go” played in my head when I saw this!

Jingle (Segue)- https://freesound.org/people/cydon/sounds/133054/
(People Clapping)- https://freesound.org/people/FunWithSound/sounds/381355/

Music beds for the Intro and Outro were purchased and are within the license limitations. If there are any questions concerning copyright, please contact the user.

Shelving Myself

To future poets

who stumble on my words by accident,

know that I was never perfect.

It took a while but I’ve grown to

live, love, fail, and try—

both as a writer and as a man.

In the end,

I began to see words as art

from the heart.

They guided me

through schemes, rhymes, and syllables…


not thinking about it works too.

When you decide to shelve yourself

as I did,

leave behind



and memories

of a time when you were most vulnerable—

the poem you want people to remember.

Round 2 goes to…

Another week has passed and with very creative entries! A special thanks to all the participants 😊

There were a few lines that caught my eye.

-‘dirty black strokes of those, on the dais, stood…’ from Arushi (Unfiltered) was a great addition to the poem, “Harlequin Quill“. It was breathless and beautiful!

-‘its ink is pure white… and –it also paints the canvas blue because of the tantrum…’ by A.S. (My Bubble) “Jazzy Spill” defied the general use of these colors when writing about emotions. I was honestly stunned but I loved it!

Though she didn’t enter, it’s definitely worth the mention.

-‘It bleeds and builds a century…’ by Lia (LiaThePoet), and viewed on desktop as a cross, is a great portrayal of self-reflection. Again, this is worth the mention due in part to constantly assessing ourselves, not just as a writer/poet, but as a being among beings.

And now, Round 2 of JOP’s First Poetry Event goes to the poem:

The Color of my Edgar Allan Quill

by Words Monsters Me

The lines that came to mind while reading this, (and yes I had to look it up to confirm my suspicion), was from Edgar Allan Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart,

I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this!’

To me, the hypnotic eye of the peacock feather stood out. After giving it much thought, the quill was the very thing that influenced her to change writing styles (or colors)—going from one persona to another. Embracing the works of Poe, someone with a sunny and lovable disposition (Light) can’t help but be drawn to the boundaries of (Dark)er themes to satisfy a craving that only that specific topic/subject can provide.

The peacock feather, not normally distinguished as a writing instrument, was a creative idea to use as a her entry. Plus, the poem’s title speaks for itself.

I will be “Re-Blogging” this post for you to experience what I read. While you’re there, don’t forget to ‘Congratulate‘ her!

Words Monsters Me, be expecting an email from jarofpoetry@gmail.com

*Update: Since I am unable to Contact you, please email me using the address above

I hope that everyone’s enjoying this event as much as I am! The comparisons, imaginations, and meaningful interpretations are what make poetry so beautiful—at least in my eyes as a reader.

So, you ready for round 3?

Here it is

Create an original Lyrical poem based on your favorite song.

The rules are: it has to have the same rhyme scheme and, once it’s completed, write or post the song title at the end—my playlist needs updating and I’d love to know what you listen to!

Time to embrace that inner song writer!

Again, if you’d like to participate, don’t forget to:

  • Follow Jar of Poetry (if you haven’t already)
  • Post the graphic somewhere to let me know this is your entry
  • Remember, 1 entry for the week

Submissions will be saved on my “Saved List” and the winner will be decided by the end of Saturday (EST). The announcement for the winner will be on Sunday at 10 am (EST).

If you’re new to JOP and would like to know what the winner receives, here they are:

  • The winner will given $25 via PayPal, for their personal expenses or to have me donate it to a charity of their choice
  • Be featured on Jar of Poetry and
  • The poem will be “Re-blogged

Best of luck to everyone who would like to participate!

And the winner is…

A big “Thank You” to all the participants of JOP’s First Poetry Challenge. The entries came in and they were amazing!

I had a chance to enjoy pizza with Lia the Poet, wander around a childhood memory picking blackberries with Ms. Sue (skyenatureblog.com), question my motives for eggs in the kitchen with Akanksha (My Bubble), and delighted in poetic justice through a Caesar Salad with Valentina—I hope have that right, from (Words Monsters Me).

And that just leaves the poem from Kristianw84 (Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table) called “Going To Market On a Wednesday

I chose this poem as the winner of the Freeverse Food Poem Challenge.

Reading this, both mentally and out loud, the flow of words held true to the title. There was so much going on, stopping and admiring, and then going again. Navigating through the lines made the experience feel like a real market. The descriptions of the people making the food and trying to decide what to have while still enjoying what’s going on around you made the experience for me.

I will be “Reblogging” this so you can visit her site—don’t forget to congratulate her there 😉

Be expecting an email from jarofpoetry@gmail.com today Kristian84

A huge Thank You to all the participants of the First Round of Jar of Poetry’s Event!

I don’t know about you but I am enjoying NaPoWriMo and everything tagged under poetry!

So, are you ready for this week’s Poetry Challenge? Here it is:

The color of my quill…

Use the words above to create your poem. I’ll leave the poetry style and creativity up to you. The only catch, you CANNOT use the word “Rainbow” in your entry.

Don’t forget to stick the graphic somewhere on your poem. Again, only “One” entry for the week. The final decision will be made by the end of Saturday (EST). I’ll link the rules, just in case, here.

Best of luck Poets!