NaPoWriMo Prompt 19

By on Apr 19, 2015 in Blog

Green subway train with mirror effect.

“Wuppertal Suspension Monorail: The Green Fifteen” by Werner Wittersheim (

How are you on this Spring weekend? How about a short form to help you catch up with the NaPoWriMo challenge? “Q” is for “Quinzaine.” For this form I’ll just copy and paste the explanation from the Wikipedia page on the form:

Quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables. The word comes from the French word quinze, meaning fifteen. The syllables are distributed over three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line, and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

You can find many examples from other poets at Since this form is so simple, if you know a child or young person who is interested in writing poetry, you might walk him or her through writing a quinzaine, as well. I had an elementary school teacher who introduced us to simple poetry forms, and it both gave me confidence in my writing ability as well as strengthened my curiosity about reading and language.

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

The NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days during the month of April. To find out more, visit 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.