NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 26

By on Apr 26, 2020 in Poetry

Rainy day

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:

As more and more, as we remain stuck inside, the weather takes front and center in our consciousness. Today, make it front and center in your poetry. Write about the weather outside your window or a significant weather event from memory. For examples, read: “An Octave Above Thunder” by Carol Muske-Dukes, “The Storm” by Theodore Roethke and “In April” by James Hearst


For children:

Weather is all around us: whether wind and rain or clouds and sun. It shapes what we can do, and it influences our mood. Write a short poem about today’s weather. Try to use as many descriptive words as possible. How does the sky look? How does the air feel? Is it raining or sunny, or even snowing? Are there clouds, and if there are, are they white or gray? How does the weather make you feel? What effects does it have on the world around you?

Rainy Day

Sky as flat gray as a sheet of construction paper,
the bright tree buds dimmed with fog,
drips falling slowly from our patio awning,
a soggy day, one to stay inside.


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.