NaPoWriMo Prompt 14

By on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog

Antique lantern with red light

“Crooked Red Lantern” by Grant Frederiksen (

The day before taxes are due in the United States, how about an easier prompt? “L” is for “Lanterne,” a simple cinquain form, where the first line is one syllable, and each line increases in length by one syllable until the final line, which returns to one syllable. You can find multiple examples, at this blog, which demonstrate how this form could be well-suited for quick observational poems about nature.

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.


  1. I don’t know much about NaPoWriMoPrompt, would like to hear more about it. Thanks, Joan

  2. The idea, Joan, is to write 30 poems in 30 days. Our prompts are a way to help people come up with ideas for such poems.

  3. I want to carry the lanthorn
    Through the fog of iron nights
    To light the sun when lucifer rises