NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 23

By on Apr 22, 2020 in Poetry

Fairy Glen in Scotland
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. 


Road Trip

For adults:

The road is open. Where do you go? Anything is possible in a poem. You can travel to a place you’ve never been or to someplace from your past. Write about the sort of trip you’d like to take, or one that looms large in your memory. Keep it succinct like “Window” by Carl Sandburg or make it richly textured and multi-layered like “Spain” by Major Jackson. Revisit a childhood vacation spot like “Looking for the Gulf Motel” by Richard Blanco or see a popular travel location in a new way, like “Crostatas” by Charlie Smith.


For children:

If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go? Think about that and write a poem about a place you’d like to visit. You can write about a place you’ve been to before, or a place you’ve never gone. Or you can flip through a book or magazine for an image of a place that sparks your imagination. Write about what your visit would be like.

My Dream Vacation

I’ll fly to the Isle of Skye,
to bright-green Fairy Glen,
where I can sip the crystalline water
explore rock formations shaped like castles
run fingers over the rock spirals
and explore gentle ridges.
But from those tiered hills,
I’ll be gone by sunset, just in case
the faeries come out to play.


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.