Happy Wednesday, everyone, and happy fifth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!

Our featured participant for the day is Closed Captioned for the Thinking Impaired, where the enigma poem for Day Four is steeped in Greek myth and sassy questions.

Our interviewee today is Mary Oliver, as rather incongruously, to my mind, interviewed by Maria Shriver. I won’t bother to conceal from you the fact that I chose this interview in part for the picture, in which Ms. Oliver appears to be a tiny, birdlike gnome in contrast to the Amazonian Shriver. Be that as it may, Oliver is one of America’s most popular contemporary poets, known for plainspeaking poems that focus on the natural world. You can read more about Oliver here, and read some of her poems here.

Last but not least, here is our prompt for Day Five (as always, the prompt is optional). In honor of Mary Oliver’s work, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.

Happy writing!

 

110 Responses to Day Five

  1. […] For: fifth day of NaPoWriMo […]

  2. […] fifth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—who were seriously testing me with their prompt to ‘write a poem that is based in the natural […]

  3. Oh, y’all were testing me with this one! When it comes to poetry, I cannot abide… nature poems. But I found a way to have fun with it.

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/national-poetry-writing-month-2017-day-5/

  4. Ah, yes, nature.
    After Wordsworth, after Coleridge, after Keats, after Tennyson, after Dickinson, and Frost, and Tagore, and Mary Oliver, and May Sarton, what can we do?
    Here’s mine:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/04/plateau-and-quietude/

  5. Technically this is about the natural world because there are no ghosts in it. There is also the ocean.

    https://bagofanything.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/nobody-ever-went-to-jail/

  6. Katie says:

    “Write Drunk, Edit Sober.” At 1:00am. Based on my honeymoon in Tennessee, and some of the nature we saw while hiking there.

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/napowrimo-5-tennessee-faces/

  7. Angela says:

    The part about “a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often” led me inside my own brain: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/cavities/

  8. Pamela Scott says:

    I’ve chosen to write about a beach where I spent a lost of summers in my childhood, https://pamelascottwriter.com/2017/04/05/summers-in-anstruther/

  9. […] In response to Napowrimo Day 5… […]

  10. […] to Maureen’s Day 5 Natural World prompt at NaPoWriMo […]

  11. Off-prompt (since I HATE prompts) and (I hereby promise) the only cinquain I’ll post this month.

    https://rlavalette.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/30-in-30-4-cinquain/

  12. […] in response to napowrimo, day five (nature). Blue John Cavern is a series of beautiful caves in the Peak District, United Kingdom famous for […]

    • Susan says:

      I enjoyed reading your poem, Kevin. It transported me back to my childhood and into the forest behind my parents’ farm. We would spend hours exploring and pretending there. Like you, brothers and I pretended that we were the first humans to discover and inhabit it. Thank you for the trip back in time. :)

  13. […] Hi, happy 5th of April. This day has been a tag of war between sunshine and rain here. Nevertheless, it won’t stop me this Day 5 for napowrimo.net challenge. […]

  14. […] Here’s the link to Napowrimo’s post for today, which is copied in part above. […]

  15. […] Poetry Write Month Day#5: Natural World (honoring Mary Oliver and her […]

  16. Sangbad says:

    My Neighbor…a beautiful playful lady it is…and yes it’s all natural…

    https://thoughtsofwordsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/neem-my-neighbor/

  17. […] prompt  was to write a poem in the spirit of Mary Oliver and focus on the natural […]

  18. Gloria says:

    Even right now, I see her through my office window and she is glorious!

    http://www.gloria-gonsalves.com/glopowrimonapowrimo-day-5-oh-rhine-rhine/

  19. Claire says:

    I might have muffed the prompt again. But bonus spoken word track! https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/up-in-your-shit/

  20. […] is the fifth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. The prompt (optional) today is to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be […]

  21. Well, it’s not about nature per se but yes, an element of nature. Check out:
    https://feelings161.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/napowrimo-day-5-the-twinkling-star/

  22. […] NaPoWriMo day 5 has us channeling Mary Oliver. Come […]

  23. Anuj Mahadik says:

    Hey folks! This three part series reflects how nature shelters us in times of pain and plight.
    http://www.anujmahadik.com/2017/04/05/transitions-of-a-carcass-napowrimo-day-5/
    Let me know how our found it to be!

    Cheers :)

  24. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 5 – In honor of Mary Oliver’s work, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful. […]

  25. […] year – I’m totally lacking inspiration AND enough time to think of something good. Today’s prompt: […]

  26. Mar Claudrin says:

    And a huge yay for Lori being chosen as featured poem :)

    Here’s mine for today :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/the-kelt-of-intuition.html

  27. […] See the napowrimo website for more […]

  28. Finally broke from my western theme today. Not sure if that’s good or bad.
    Today it was “A Moonwalk in the Dark.”
    https://rhymenreview.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/a-moonwalk-in-the-dark-napowrimo/

  29. […] optional prompt for Day 5 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month at NaPoWriMo 2017 is to write a poem based on a meaningful aspect of the natural […]

  30. Vin says:

    Just a few thoughts on the rainbow, with a generous sprinkling of physics for fun.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/raincircle/

  31. 4/30/17 [haiku]
    –:–

    morning star

    stalks crescent moon

    mockingbird song

    This is an attempt at American haiku, which is said to be a better fit with the traditional Japanese haiku than the 5/7/5 syllable form. It should have twelve accented syllables and I’m a little uncertain about that. However, this does reflect a nature scene that’s very familiar to me.

  32. […] is for NaPoWriMo, Day 5. The prompt was a poem on nature or the natural world. I used the Secret Keeper’s Weekly […]

  33. Roshni Nair says:

    https://roshnirwrites.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/thames
    Here’s my Poem. Thames, Mine Always.

  34. […] 5 and the prompt for Day Five- write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular […]

  35. […] DAY FIVE: Mary Oliver is one of America’s most popular contemporary poets, known for plainspeaking poems that focus on the natural world. You can read more about Oliver here, and read some of her poems here. […]

  36. Thank you for giving me the kick in the pants to write poems every day.

    Here’s my response to today’s prompt.

    http://www.scottrhoades.com/doggerybaw/?p=44

  37. […] NaPoWriMo.net official prompt for Day 5 to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, […]

  38. Eric erb says:

    My muse is a mountain lion. You think your housecoat is a jerk? Ha!

    https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/subjugation/

    I had to squeeze a bit to get this out. I value your opinion..

  39. Bryan Ens says:

    I’m off prompt today, but library budget cuts in my home province have been on my mind as of late, so I had to write a bit of a rant https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/ridiculous-expectations-a-poem-about-the-budget-cuts-to-saskatchewan-libraries/

  40. Lori Gomez says:

    What a fantastic surprise and honor to be featured today, Thank you so much to NaPoWriMo and all the lovely poets who came to say hello and leave such wonderful words of encouragement. I wrote two poems… they are my yin/yang…. they are both equally representative of my inner landscape as I traverse and observe the outer one. Cheers, everyone. A million cheers. Write on!

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/herzlandschaft-napowrimo-day-5/

  41. My place is: “Home” a Double Cinquain tells about it at:
    https://leonaslines.com/2017/04/05/home-3/

    Sent from my iPhone

  42. My attempt to respond to the prompt: http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1bD

  43. I almost didn’t post today, I am so tired. Anyway, here it is: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2017/04/these-birds.html

  44. Too many alternate endings! But I enjoyed the lunchtime writing anyway.

    Clean out the closet, the drawer-fuls of things
    making room, space, to welcome in the new

    Let me know if it gives you a little giggle.

  45. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a poem centered on some aspect of the natural world, so I picked a film with beautiful […]

  46. Nature is such an inspiration! My poem is “Natural”
    NaPoWriMo 5/30: Natural – Zouxzoux
    https://zouxzoux.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/napowrimo-530-natural/

  47. tea parties says:

    Here is mine, (although it’s based on the natural world on Neptune): https://teapartiesonneptune.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/alice-on-neptune/

  48. Smells like a catastrophe to me…
    I’ll just throw it here and forget it ever existed…
    https://moonshinenoire.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/after-image-on-silent-tv-screens-day-4-glopowrimo/

  49. […] Today over at NaPoWriMo.net there is a link to an interview with the incomparable Mary Oliver, one of my most favorite poets and […]

  50. […] prompt is inspired by Mary Oliver and natural themes. My favorite animal is a hummingbird and she wrote […]

  51. Jim says:

    Earlier and earlier, but no too very early. Been busy all day. Who said you have spare time when you retire?

    Here is my 5th: http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-05-poem-about-spacetime.html

    Yes, we did write about spacetime, doesn’t sound too poetic. You judge.

    I do have three picture of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. We had coffee there in January.
    ..

  52. Continuing my little novel in verse!

    Fields of Kites

    Veronica @ Anything Veronica

  53. […] 5, as per NaPo’s optional prompt “to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, […]

  54. Oops.. wrong day, wrong prompt. Sheesh!

  55. […] Today whilst at work I considered the nature prompt from NaPoWriMo, I made some notes hoping to work on a poem this evening. http://www.napowrimo.net/day-five-4/ […]

  56. […] is based on Day 5’s prompt on the NaPoWriMo blog – a poem based on the natural world. It goes on further to say that it […]

  57. This was the most challenging prompt for me to date. Here is what I came up with: https://katiehoganoconnor.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/napowrimo-day-5/

  58. […] Written for Day 5 of NaPoWriMo. […]

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