NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 11

By on Apr 11, 2020 in Poetry

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:

On what might be a busy day for those who celebrate Easter, even in these days of social distancing, today’s prompt is simple. Write a poem inspired by spring. What stands out to you about the season? Is it childhood memories? A feeling of renewal and growth? Or a time of uncertain weather? For examples of spring poems, read “A Light Exists in Spring” by Emily Dickinson and “Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins.


For children:

One of the best ways to start a poem is simply to look around you. Today, think about the season of spring. Look out your window, or take a little walk, if possible. What do you see? What do you hear? How does the weather make you feel? Put some of those thoughts into a poem. Use as many specific details as you can.


Golden sun one moment,
mushy splashes the next.
Just when we’re warm,
spring cools its jets.


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.