NaPoWriMo Prompt 7

By on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog

Crow on fence post and horse on misty field.

“Gatekeeper” by Hartwig HKD (

Welcome to day 7 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, where poets strive to write 30 poems in 30 days. If you’re on track, you’re finishing up your first week. Let’s move forward in the alphabet to “F” is for “Figure of Speech.” For this poem, strive to make use of at least one figure of speech: a metaphor, simile, hyperbole, irony; or anaphora, antithesis, or chiasmus. For specific definitions of each term, check out the Poetry Foundation page on figures of speech. One approach might be to use an extended metaphor, comparing the subject of the poem to something and carrying that thought out throughout the entire poem. You may also choose to challenge yourself to use more than one figure of speech within the poem. Above all, have fun with it!

Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments.


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.