NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 9

By on Apr 8, 2020 in Poetry

LEGO box

April is National Poetry Writing Month, and many poets like to challenge themselves to write a poem a day. With that in mind, Wild Violet will be sharing poetry prompts each day: one geared towards adults and one for kids. 

If you write a poem based on this prompt, feel free to share a link to your poem, or the poem itself, in the comments. Poems appearing in the comments are not considered published in Wild Violet, and you retain all rights to your work.


Definition Poem

For adults:

Provide your own alternative definition for a word: astute and cerebral or simple and silly. Don’t know what word to use? Consider using the word of the day at Merriam-Webster, or view the list of previous words of the day. For an example of a definition poem, read “Thesaurus” by Billy Collins.


For children:

A dictionary helps us learn what words mean. If you’ve used one, you know that you look up a word and receive the possible meanings for that word, numbered from the most popular  definition to the least popular definition. Use the Britannica Kids online dictionary to look up a common word. Then come up with your own definitions. You can be silly or write about something meaningful to you. Does the word remind you of something that happened or of someone you know? Does the word sound funny? Do you think the word should mean something else?

excited adjective

1: the way your dog feels when you put your shoes on and grab the leash

2: how a chicken looks at the world

3: when you get a surprise new LEGO set


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.