NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 18 (Beautiful Stranger)

By on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog

Young woman looks in mirror, with heart drawn around face

Have you ever caught yourself in an unexpected mirror and found the person you see is more attractive/respectable/put together than the person you normally see? This prompt can give you a better perspective on who you really are.

  • Write a “beautiful stranger” poem about yourself. How might a stranger see you? What would intrigue them about you? This is the sort of poem where it might help to do some free-writing first, or even to ask your friends and family what they see as your best qualities. It can also be a great way to end the work week on a positive note!

If you’d like, share a link to your poem in the comments below. If you’d prefer, you can also post the entire poem. Just remember, poems shared in the comments are not considered published in Wild Violet.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.