Hello all, and welcome back for Day 24.

Our featured journal for the day is Chantarelle’s Notebook, which has published NaPoWriMo-er Bruce Niedt. Chantarelle’s Notebook is currently accepting submissions for its 34th issue.

Our featured participant today is Into the Headland. The catch-up poem for Day 19 (“Late for the 19th and out of sequins”) has a wonderful first line. I’ll be thinking about that image all day.

And now, our (optional, as always) prompt! Peter Roberts has been participating in NaPoWriMo for several years now at his blog, Masonry Design. He has the charming and odd distinction of having only written poems about masonry. Today, I challenge you to do the same (for one day, at least), and to write a poem that features walls, bricks, stones, arches, or the like. If that sounds a bit hard, remember that one of Robert Frost’s most famous poems was about a wall. Happy writing!


52 Responses to Day 24

  1. Build it up

    lift that stone
    find the right one
    make it fit
    pick up another stone
    eye it carefully
    it just doesn’t quite fit
    don’t throw it away
    put it aside for another day
    each stone is precious
    they do nothing
    nested in amongst one another
    they provide a firm foundation
    a solid wall
    an invitation
    to set down roots
    a lasting creation

    This poem inspired by our local buildings and masons.

  2. Steelecs says:

    To The Bricklayer

    Collect as many as you want:
    Old ones lettered from
    the demo of your mother’s
    high school, others a rich lady
    left by the garden, no need for pathways
    to a koi pond, no fish, no grandchildren,
    no skinned knees, no reason to
    kiss them or warm washcloths
    as your mother did for you.
    Your gentle face mashed against mortar,
    up-close the beauty of the composition.

    A decision, then, no men to say —
    silly to believe German poets
    will write about you. A poem,
    then, for your pile of bricks,
    dreams you laid down
    like a woman, working your elbows
    trimming the excess, everything
    almost neat, everything a story or
    leading to one: Your daughter’s
    feet in high-heels or saddle oxfords,
    clattering to school like punctuation,
    like letters to your past,
    like the sound of a poem
    put together with stuff that won’t
    soon turn to sand.

    Read this and more of my April challenge poems on my blog: http://cameronscottsteele.com/

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  4. http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/2014/04/24/written-napowrimo-day-24/

    Again, did not see the prompt early enough. Went with a Tanka. Have a lovely day, all!

  5. […] Day 24 of NaPoWriMo and it seems to get harder and harder for me to come up with a decent topic. Today’s prompt was to write a poem about masonry, but I found that even less inspiring than some of the previous prompts… […]

  6. […] this week’s challenge: a poem about masonry! This was inspired by one of my favorite NaPoWriMo sites: Peter Roberts’ Masonry Design, […]

  7. elsanto says:

    Ah, thanks for doing this challenge! Masonry Design was one of my favorite poetry blogs I discovered through NaPoWriMo last year. Peter’s devotion to a single theme is amazing! I tried to challenge myself this year by sticking to a single theme while trying the challenge, and it’s very, very difficult!

    Any way, here’s “Stone Tightrope”:


  8. Rachel Barenblat says:

    Ooh, this was a neat one! I wrote a poem inspired by walking beneath an ancient Roman arch in Caesaria:


  9. […] NaPoWriMo – http://www.napowrimo.net/2014/04/day-24-2/ […]

  10. martha0stout says:

    This one finally gave me direction on another prompt I’d been struggling with! Thank you!

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  12. […] NaPoWriMo Poetry challenge Suggested Masonry walls. I wrote about what we keep between the walls. […]

  13. Carol Carlisle says:

    I went with what’s between the walls. May do Masonry later. I do have Photos of Jack London’s Barn for now http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/nurturing-thursday-today-is-the-day-to-let-go-and-poetry-day-24/

  14. Colonialist says:

    I hit a brick wall on this one – twice. Warning – 2nd one XXX-rated!

  15. […] Masonry Prompt. Write a poem that features walls, bricks, stones, arches, or the like. (Oye!) […]

  16. Susan Chast says:

    Powerful stuff! To which I add a tale that may be woe–if you know, please let me know!


  17. Also did another (which only had the wall in it once, so I didn’t think it qualified! http://voicelessfricative.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/love-locked/

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  19. […] Next Stop Wonderland prompt in the imaginary garden with real toads, incorporating NaProWriMo day 24 prompt to write of masonry. the quote belongs to author John Brookes in The Garden Book NaPoWriMo […]

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  21. […] Today’s poem followed the NaPoWriMo website prompt: […]

  22. David Ellis (TooFullToWrite) says:

    I used the stone masonry prompt on the website and wrote another love poem based around various terms associated with stone masonry


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  24. Alvaro says:

    It wasn’t easy for me, but here it is. I hope you enjoy it: http://alvarosialercuevas.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/the-bathroom/

  25. posmic says:

    I wrote about both masonry and Freemasonry because I couldn’t stop thinking about beehives and eyeballs: http://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/read-this-before-its-suppressed/

  26. DuaWrites says:

    I didn’t realize people were sharing their poems! Here’s mine:

    Untitled Masonry

    Hearts of stone
    Words like brick
    A lover is now gone
    Or a best friend dead

    Emotional walls
    Start to build
    A fortress
    An unbreakable guild

    Archways collapse
    As tears erupt
    A way of life
    Now completely corrupt


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  28. The Product Poet says:

    “The Great Wall” Day 24: National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo http://t.co/vTbBchQs0o

  29. I wrote ,in response to victims of suicide using a slice of the prompt http://www.kneal2poetry.org

  30. […] Composed 4/24/14 Description: (Day 24 of NaPoWriMo) How I’ve been feeling this last week, somewhat following NaPoWriMo’s (optional) theme of masonry. […]

  31. […] prompt at NaPoWriMo was to write about masonry.  Dentist Jock built our last but one home, and this little poem does […]

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  33. Chatti Natti says:

    I’ve been ill so I’m a bit late but I’m catching up. Here is my poem for this challenge :) http://chattinatti.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/napowrimo-poetry-challenge-day-24/

  34. […] optional prompt is an inspiration from Peter Roberts who has been participating in NaPoWriMo for several years now […]

  35. […] Masonry Reference: Robert Frost, “Mending […]

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