NaPoWriMo Prompt 12

By on Apr 12, 2015 in Blog

Painting of Old English letters

“Lady Restoration Reproduction” by Christina M (

So far, we have primarily been following the alphabet to come up with the daily NaPoWriMo prompts. But considering there are 30 days in the month and only 26 letters in the English alphabet, that will not get us through the whole month. Today, let’s revive a long-forgotten English letter, “Thorn.” Representing the “th” sound, it looked more like a “Y.” This is why “ye” is an archaic spelling of “the.” Learn more at this article.

Today, use this letter as an inspiration, which you can approach in a number of ways. You could write a poem based on Old English poetry forms, specifically, using frequent alliteration. You can find out more on this Wikipedia page about Old English metre.

Another approach you could take would be to reflect on the terms “archaic” or even “thorn” itself. Or perhaps think about language or symbols and how their meaning changes over time.

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, 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 (which she plans to update this year); 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, She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative second grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.