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, 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 third grader, 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