NaPoWriMo Prompt 15

By on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog

Hand holding up photo in front of street

“Photomarathon 18: Memories” by Joyce Kaes (

Halfway through the month, how are you doing with the NaPoWriMo challenge? For those who need it, here’s a refresher: the National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days. Ideally, a poet would write one a day, but many people find it’s easier to catch up with more poems on less busy days. Wild Violet has been providing daily prompts, but you can find a lot more information at the official site for the challenge,

At Wild Violet, we have been going through the alphabet to come up with prompts. It is in no way necessary to make prominent use of that day’s letter in the poem.

Now for today’s prompt: “M” is for “Memory.” Write a poem based on a prominent memory from childhood, your teenage years, your young adulthood or any other time in your life. Make good use of detail in order to help that moment come alive to the reader. Alternatively, you could write about the lack of memories, or a memory that has been repressed. If you take this approach, remember to make the poem as specific as possible, in order to avoid the temptation towards being too abstract.

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.