Daily Archives: April 11, 2020

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 11



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Our featured participant for the day is wordshophop, where the hay(na)ku prompt for Day Ten resulted in a seemingly simple but powerful poem.

Today’s poetry resource is a twitter hashtag, #InternationalPoetryCircle. You’ll find tons of videos under this hashtag of poets all over the world reading individual poems. 

Our prompt for the day is based on the concept of the language of flowers. Have you ever heard, for example, that yellow roses stand for friendship, white roses for innocence, and red roses for love? Well, there are as many potential meanings for flowers as there are flowers. The Victorians were particularly ga-ga for giving each other bouquets that were essentially decoder-rings of meaning. For today, I challenge you to write a poem in which one or more flowers take on specific meanings. Glossary of flower meanings

Feel free to make use of these existing meanings, or make up your own.


I love it when the universe delivers on timing. This morning I had a quick dip on social media and have a friend who is really knowledgeable on plants and you may have seen Facebook particularly is being filled by plants that people either have in gardens or have seen out on the daily walk. I was actually inspired by what I saw this morning and now I have seen the NaPo prompt!


I started with the participating site and the tiny poems we created yesterday. There is literally a whole world and message packed into this small bundle.

I look forward to investigating the hashtag, since the beginning of lockdown I have started to use Twitter more often & particularly scouting out poetry live or recorded to replace the media updates that I have rationed to a few headlines a day.

As Mr G. does a lot of gardening – the outdoor area was tackled before the house (which is still on the to do list)! So we often buy plants and I am fascinated by the names and meanings, the stories we wrap around them ourselves. So I can tell this prompt is actually going to take me into another mini writing retreat in my garden and will stretch beyond the Easter weekend.

I look forward to starting on this prompt and have hundreds of ideas (well at least 7) buzzing around my head.