NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 10

By on Apr 9, 2020 in Poetry

Fred Flintstone and Dino

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.



For adults:

While some poets prefer solitude, others seek social activity for ideas. Overhearing a conversation can provide fuel for the imagination. Start with a line spoken by someone in your household, or a telephone solicitor, or from a television show, or from a neighbor talking loudly on a cell phone outside. Then springboard from that: fill in the conversation, or mount your own response, or continue to add more random lines with your commentary. For examples, read Jorie Graham’s “Overheard in the Herd,” Terry Collett’s “Conversation Overheard,” or for a more outlandish take on the overheard poem, read “Overheard on a Salt Marsh” by Harold Monro.


For children:

Do you sometimes hear someone say something that makes you think, or laugh? Try starting a poem by using a quote from someone, using the following steps.

  • Find a quote to use. It could be something that someone in your family said, or someone on TV, or even someone in a book. Use that as the first line.
  • Use the quote to inspire your writing. What does the quote make you think about? Do you want to respond to it? Does it make you imagine something else?

Fred Flintstone and Dino

“He sits there in front of the TV set and tries to bite me.”
He’s also a slob, leaving messes everywhere.
He eats a hundred pounds of pterodactyl meat a week.
He drags me down the street by a leash.
But I have to admit, I love the big lug.
I guess I’ll keep Fred.


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.