Daily Archives: April 10, 2020

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 10



Read the full prompt here.

Wow, everyone – we’re 1/3 of the way through Na/GloPoWriMo! Time flies when you’re writing poetry.

Today’s featured participant is Mexcessive, where the concrete poem for Day Nine opens doors (or maybe closes them?).

Our poetry resource for the day is From the Fishouse, an online archive of audio recordings of emerging poets. Maybe add some poetry to your daily listening (it’s more relaxing than the news – usually!)

Today’s prompt is another one from the archives, first suggested to us by long-time Na/GloPoWriMo participant Vince Gotera. It’s the hay(na)ku). Created by the poet Eileen Tabios and named by Vince, the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words. You can write just one, or chain several together into a longer poem. For example, you could write a hay(na)ku sonnet, like the one that Vince himself wrote back during NaPoWriMo 2012!

Happy  writing!


I am usually a little bereft when we get a 1/3 of the way through NaPo – but here in self-isolation and with the current Pandemic, poetry is not something in this category of feeling. Besides, I am going to continue my NaPo writing through into May and possibly longer. I have found now I am home alone, I can write. Many people have commented that they are struggling right now and that is no surprise with so much going on, very little headspace remains for anything more and high emotions exhaust us all, not to mention home-schooling, working from home, economical complications, looking after our loved ones and those in our community etc.

I think I had a fallow writing period coming out of illness/medication and after editing the 2nd book. That natural writing space which occurs when you are busy promoting your new work. I have also had a few ongoing projects which have taken away desk time which is no bad thing but I found I couldn’t write much beyond those.

Eventually I started back to work in October last year and forced myself to write a bit. I managed a few new poems in workshops or for Stanza. Then this happened and I got scared, was still working and had little time to write but the ideas were inhabiting my head again so as soon as they closed work, I put myself in self-isolation and the pen came out. Then the country went into lock down. Nearly 3 weeks later I have used 8 ink pens, 2 notebooks and lots of new word doc., created a lot of new thought/work and have a brain full of buzzing potential. A gazillion opportunities have happened online and nowadays it is hard to leave the desk/screen! So I am writing.

I was delighted when I realised April was NaPoWriMo and that for the first time ever I wouldn’t be working and trying to do it! I knew there would be space. But give a poet a day and it is still not enough time! So I have lists and lists of half finished-must-return-to-it NaPo poetry stacking up.

I am not currently submitting work as I find I can either work on projects or writing but not usually both at the same time, so I am in editing mode, polishing poems as often as I can with a plan to settle down and get work back out there soon. In the meantime I have no income so I definitely have to give competitions a miss.

Sometimes it is okay to only exist in notebooks for a while!

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I absolutely ADORED today’s poem from the participant’s site, followed the blog and quenched myself on all her photos. This one is a keeper for me and a place I have now in my Reader. I followed her social media too.

I spent some time exploring her blog before returning to the NaPo task in hand.

I love a NaPo resource (as you know) and today’s is no exception – new to me and delightful- I have only just boarded the Podcast wagon and enjoy finding things to listen to in these isolation days where eyes are very tired of screens.

I’ve always enjoyed hearing poets reading their own work as well. I had a bit of a listen and added a bookmark to the tab. I will be back.


Often when we participate in NaPoWriMo we find ourselves writing short form poems (just to keep up) but here is a day where we are allowed to do just that.

I sat in the garden yesterday and wrote a string of Haiku (a form I favour) so it’s always good to be reminded of others even those that have been created.

Today I know I will get the poem written.

3 lines can be as hard as 30 – but having just listened to Virginia Konchan, I feel inspired!