NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 17

By on Apr 16, 2020 in Poetry

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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. 


Seven Days

For adults:

On Friday, we look towards the weekend, but it’s also a good time to reflect back on the week. For today’s poem, write a poem that recounts the previous week. You can devote one line each to the different days of the week, or you can take a broader approach. If you prefer, write about a specific day of the week that stood out to you. Or write a litany, reflecting how your days are all similar, which may be the case for those of us under stay-at-home orders. For examples, read “Alone for a Week” by Jane Kenyon, “Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday” by Rachel Zucker, and “Thursday Also Happens” by John Ciardi


For children:

Today is Friday, and the weekend starts tomorrow. How was your week? Write a poem about it, using one line to describe each day. Pick something that stands out to you about what each day was like. It could be something big or something small, something you liked or something you didn’t. You can start each line with the day of the week, if you like.

This Week with My Son

On Saturday, the Easter bunny drove by our house and waved.
On Sunday, I donated blood in a quiet Red Cross center.
On Monday, we found a house made of fallen branches.
On Tuesday, we pretended to be bunnies.
On Wednesday, we found right angles all over.
On Thursday, someone had destroyed the twig house.
On Friday, we wrote about the robins outside our window.


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.