NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 19 (Detour)

By on Apr 19, 2014 in Blog

Detour signs point at each other


Welcome to the weekend! For some, that may mean yet another day of work. For others, it means family or personal time; a time to explore, and to potentially get redirected or even lost.

  • Write a detour poem. This could be a poem that switches between thoughts, or that doubles back in space and time. Or you might write about a time when you had to take a different path, literally or figuratively. Have fun exploring!

If you like, share a link to your poem in the comments below. Remember, if you paste your entire poem into the comments, that poems shared that way are not considered published by Wild Violet.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. 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; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, 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.