NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 25

By on Apr 24, 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:

Today’s prompt comes courtesy of my fourth-grade son, who suggested a poem about shapes. Specifically, he suggested shapes in nature, possibly because he will be working on a school assignment to find patterns in nature. You could choose to approach the prompt that way, or you could think of the shapes inside your home, or a memory of a specific shape. Or, if you’re so inspired, you could even write a concrete poem, where you arrange the words in a shape that is appropriate to the subject. For poems inspired by shapes, read “Circles” by Ann B. Knox and a series of shape-inspired poems by Eugene Guillevic (click the arrows to read through them). For examples of concrete poems, read “Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” by George Starbuck, “Pyramid” by Pearl S. Selinsky and “Fingers Remember” by Marilyn Nelson


For children:

Think of a circle, a square, a rectangle, a triangle. Where do you see those shapes around you? Take a walk outside or inside your home, and take notice of the shapes you see. Choose one (or two or more) and write a poem about it. Where do you see the shapes? What does it make you think about? Does it remind me of anything else? How does it make you feel?

Shapes in Nature

Everywhere I look, I see geometry.
Rectangles in tree trunks,
with balls of leaves on top.
An oval rock, triangular pine.
Creek carving an “S” through grass,
where geese, like eggs with “S” necks,
chew on heart-shaped leaves.


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.