NaPoWriMo Prompt 16

By on Apr 16, 2015 in Blog

A Colombian street cleaner pushes his cart past a storyboard

“Life Stories” by Brett Davies (

For day 16 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, we suggest that “N” is for “Narrative.” A narrative poem, simply put, is a poem that tells a story. Narrative poetry is one of the oldest genres of poetry, since telling stories in verse made it easier for bards, griots and storytellers to remember them. Why not try retelling, in poetic form, a family story you have told (or heard) many times? Then perhaps you could regale your family with it at the next big gathering. Or, if a family story doesn’t jump in mind, consider using someone else’s story: a story from the news, or history, or a friend. You can read many examples of narrative poems at this Wikipedia article.

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

The NaPoWriMo challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days. For more, go to the official site,


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.