Hello, everyone! Today marks one full week of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. I hope you are settling into your poetry-writing groove.

Our featured participant today is Smoke words every day, where the multiple-viewpoints poem for Day Six could be called “Five Reasons to Put Down Your Phone Already.”

Today’s interview is with Li Young Lee. Lee’s first book of poetry, Rose, is a staple in creative writing courses. You can learn more about Lee here, and read a number of his poems here.

Finally, our prompt for the day (optional as always) comes to us from Elizabeth Boquet of Oaks to Acorns. In keeping with the fact that it’s the seventh day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, Elizabeth and I challenge you to write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. For inspiration, take a look at Charles Simic’s “The Betrothal” and Stephen Dunn’s “The Arm”. Need something more? Perhaps these instructions from Elizabeth will get you going!

Create the following lists:

1. List 1 – 3 random objects. (Smaller tends to be better.)
2. List 1 – 3 random but specific locations. (Think in the cookie jar, or under my seat…)
3. List 1 – 2 objects you’ve lost and a few notes on their back-story.
4. List 1- 2 objects you’ve found and few notes on their back-story.

Now, choose an object from List 1, a location from List 2, and connect them in a poem with ideas from Lists 3 & 4 and Voilà! A fortuitous poem! As an example of a finished “fortuitous” poem, here is Elizabeth’s own “State of Grace”.

Happy writing!


93 Responses to Day Seven

  1. […] For: Thursday photo prompt – Stones #writephoto, Wordle #149 “April 3rd, 2017″, one full week of NaPoWriMo […]

  2. […] Seventh poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—which involves making four short lists, then connecting items from the first two using […]

  3. […] open up  a fresh can of fortune at http://www.napowrimo.net/day-seven-4/ where the prompt for the seventh day of Global Poetry Writing Month is Luck.  The river is because […]

  4. eric erb says:

    ah, it is smarter to be lucky than its lucky to be smart! https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/lucky-river/ may luck find you and shower you with blessings!

  5. Angela says:

    Played with today’s prompt. Realised I loose more things than I find, but not the memories of them: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/fortuitous-finds/

  6. […] have completed one week of NaPoWriMo today! In keeping with the fact that it’s the seventh day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, we have been challenged to write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. Basically, a poem birthing […]

  7. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#7: A Poem About Luck & […]

  8. Happy first week of NaPoWriMo. Here’s my poem for today. I’m catching up! Yay! :D


  9. Gloria says:

    I am grateful for this prompt as it made me reflect on what I’ve been taking for granted


  10. I enjoyed every moment of writing a poem for this prompt. Brought back some beaustiful childhood memories with mom.


  11. https://visionariekindness.com/2017/04/07/after-all/
    welp I sort of went my own way… Good day to all poets/writers
    Loving NaPoWriMo

  12. Well, this got the creative juices flowing. Here’s today’s offering and now I must scurry in to the office. Looking forward to reading yours when I get back home!


  13. Rahul Gaur says:


    Snippet down below-

    A beautiful meditation on life, an easy ride they say
    With every breath, it feels like I weigh more
    My life, a performance of a catastrophe
    But still I perform, is it just good luck or good form?

  14. […] prompt was to write a fortuitous poem. Not feeling especially lucky today, I really liked this […]

  15. This was fun to write. Thank you so much for the prompt.

  16. Anuj Mahadik says:

    I had so much fun writing this! What you lovely prompt. Let me know how you found it to be! :))

  17. […] NaPoWriMo Day 7, we have been encouraged to write poems about […]

  18. […] optional prompt for Day 7 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month at NaPoWriMo 2017 is to write a poem based on luck and fortuitousness. The anchor photo is from nauticexpo.com. […]

  19. […] prompt on the NaPoWriMo website was all about things lost and found. When I sat down to write, I couldn’t remember having lost that many things. But the list of […]

  20. Claire says:

    Off-prompt. Unexpected. I don’t know, I just don’t know. https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/rage/

  21. Raivenne says:

    It is how things will wage, for those who will not pay the cost

    it is how things will wage
    for those who will not pay the cost

  22. […] not quite healthy, still not quite inspired, still determined to do this! Today: lucky number […]

  23. An interesting process. When I started, I thought it would never work. Now I feel I have learnt something new. Thank you.

  24. […] in response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt for Day 7 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017: to write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. This one draws on verse 11 from Ecclesiastes 9 in […]

  25. Here is my effort for today. *Fortunately* I found a way to stay true to my blog theme to write ‘Time and Chance': http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1bP

  26. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 7 – Finally, our prompt for the day (optional as always) comes to us from Elizabeth Boquet of Oaks to Acorns. In keeping with the fact that it’s the seventh day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, Elizabeth and I challenge you to write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. […]

  27. […] poem: prompt from napowrimo.net, day seven. Notes below poem that show the process. […]

  28. Life in 2017

    …How to soothe this inner shivering mess
    in the words of the wise: make art, breathe deep…

  29. […] must admit I had to look up the prompt from NaPoWriMo.net today: poems about fortuitousness. What I found was that it means something like […]

  30. Anni says:

    I opened up my own Lost and Found in today’s poem, but with a rather unconventional lost and then found “object” ;)

  31. […] of nothing… Image courtesy of Google Streetview. Thanks, Google […]

  32. This was an interesting poem to write. In following the prompts, I had no idea where this one was going to end up.

    Luck Turns


  33. Since I don’t believe in luck or chance, but believe in Divine Providence that is what I wrote about today. It’s on Prompt but just adapted to my view. You can find but at this link: https://leonaslines.com/2017/04/07/divine-providence/
    Thanks! I am enjoying each days prompt and posts!

  34. Jim says:

    Today at the Imaginary Garden we are asked to write an ‘Art inspired’ poem I used “Big Owl” to write a ‘Senryū Pair’ poem.



  35. Joseph Hesch says:

    Venus, Galileo & The Center of the Universe


  36. m.j.smith says:

    Here is a prose-poem that plays with the concept of fortune, or maybe with be-careful-what-you-wish-for:

  37. Lori Gomez says:

    Wow! First week is done… Amazing… I’m sticking with the prompts no matter what but I must say this one gave me fits! :D Cheers, everyone! xox


  38. Roshni Nair says:

    here’s my poem on today prompt. Its a bit funny but I hope everyone likes it.
    Titled “Found Them!”

  39. […] prompt for Day 7 of NaPoWriMo was to write a poem centered around luck or fortuitousness, such as finding something you didn’t […]

  40. S.G. Liput says:

    My poem centers around a lost and found Lego piece, along with what it represents to the finder:

  41. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo.net prompt is a little tough to explain in a couple sentences, but if you’re curious you can find it at its source here. […]

  42. Katie says:

    WHOO. I struggled a bit with this one, but reading everyone else’s responses helped a bit with inspiration. =) Here’s today’s poem:


  43. […] I chose to deviate from the prompt for today. This one spilled out of me in the drowsy period post evening meditation, where although […]

  44. Crow says:

    Ha ha ha ha–I’m not writing about good luck. But my poem was inspired by the exercise described in the prompt. For some reason, I thought of a glass eye. It kind of snowballed from there.


  45. Fortuitously for this prompt, I grew up in a very old (and somewhat haunted) house built in the 1840s, and random objects were always turning up. I would like to play with this idea a bit more, so of course the resulting poem is nowhere near finished, but here is what I came up with: https://katiehoganoconnor.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/napowrimo-day-7/

  46. […] DAY SEVEN:   Write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. […]

  47. […] response to the prompt for Day […]

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