I’ll be participating in NaPoWriMo this April. That’s National Poetry Writing Month, inspired by NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which is in November. Rather than a novel, the challenge is to write a poem each day of the month. I’ve never done such a thing. Haven’t attempted to write on demand since I took Poetry Writing in college, and that was only one a week. So I don’t actually know that I’m capable of writing a poem every day for a month, but all the people who ought to know agree that if a person is serious about writing, best to do it daily.
It occurred to me today that I could start a list of prompts, so if I don’t have an idea, I can try something from the list. Feel free to use this list any way that is helpful. Here goes.
Your favorite season
A food you love
A food you hate
A conversation with a person you dislike
An imaginary conversation with a famous person
A dream, or dreams
Insect pests. (since I met my first tick of the season today!)
A totem animal. (I’ve already written several about turkey vulture . . .)
Music. (This song has inspired me to write no fewer than three poems!)
A spiritual practice: prayer, chanting (see above, under Music), yoga, etc.
An old object. From where I’m sitting, I can see
a photograph of my mother as a girl
a wicker laundry basket
a rocking chair
A bell: doorbell, dinner bell, bell jar, bell of a trumpet . . .
your belly when you inhale
a river after it rains
A piece of art that moved you
A time when someone did something unexpected
A wild place
Light. Sunlight, lamps, flame, invisible light . . .
Here are some pictures that you could use, too. Look at them, then tell me what you will be writing about this month. What will you add to the list?