Hello, everyone! Today we’re one-third of the way through NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. Congratulations to everyone who is still going strong on their daily writing. And if you’ve fallen behind, no worries – there’s still plenty of time to catch up.

Our featured participant today is Whimsygizmo’s Blog, where the nine-line poem for Day Nine tells us how to capture the moon!

Today’s interview is with former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She has written four books of poetry, including Native Guard, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and a book of creative non-fiction, Beyond Katrina. Trethewey’s work draws from both her own family history and the history of the Gulf Coast where she was born. You can find a selection of her poems here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you. It doesn’t need to focus so much on what a person looks (or looked) like, as what they are or were. If you need inspiration, here’s one of my favorite portrait poems.

Happy writing!


106 Responses to Day Ten

  1. […] NaPoWriMo Day 10 #Potrait […]

  2. Took yesterday off to work on migrating Blogger over to WordPress, but here’s day 10:


  3. […] tenth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write ‘a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you.’ This is perhaps a bit […]

  4. mahathianand.blogspot.in/2017/04/napowrimo-day10-perfect.html?m=1

    Little bit of cliché today, but this is all I could manage with the prompt

  5. […] Poetry Writing Month Day #10: Portrait […]

  6. Angela says:

    Portrait of a mental makeover. I’ve learned the word leveret :) https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/reorganisation/

  7. […] GloPoWriMo day ten, prompts for a poem-portrait of a […]

  8. Eric erb says:

    https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/girl-at-the-bonfire/ Here is a portrait of a girl at the bonfire party. You can see her insides a bit. It’s kind of gross, and very sad. I can relate, I eat this way, to fill a hole.

  9. Tribute to a friend, who went and came back

  10. Kerfe Roig says:

    starting late this year (and off prompt), but hoping to get a daily poem in for the rest of the month…


  11. Joseph Hesch says:

    For Day 10 of NaPoWriMo: You remember that guy, don’t you? He remembers you.
    Traveling Light

  12. […] For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-10-2017 – Letter H , April PAD Challenge: Day 10, one-third of the way through NaPoWriMo […]

  13. […] prompt for the tenth day of NaPoWriMo is to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you. It doesn’t need to focus so […]

  14. Rahul Gaur says:


    Snippet –

    “Where a micro-expression on her face
    disrupts your idea of a human race
    Or where the display of her silence
    slits your throat sharper than a razor blade she holds,
    but to you, only you bleed”

  15. […] optional prompt at NaPoWriMo 2017 for Day 10 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a poem that is […]

  16. Meet a cat that eats little kids thoughts – National poetry month# Napowrimo

  17. […] NaPoWriMo day 10…and for prompts here: http://www.napowrimo.net/day-ten-5/ and here: […]

  18. Thank you so much for the feature spot today. I’m thrilled, and humbled. SO much amazing work here.

    Happy writing, all.

  19. […] Day 10 napowrimo.net challenge […]

  20. Gloria says:

    I opted for the fascination I’ve for Aurora, the man I’ve not met yet.


  21. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a portrait poem. This is the portrait of a street in the form of a […]

  22. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 10 –Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you. It doesn’t need to focus so much on what a person looks (or looked) like, as what they are or were. If you need inspiration, here’s one of my favorite portrait poems. […]

  23. Vin says:

    My attempt at a portrait poem. Though my memories of her are very less to write a lot about her.

    This is about Natasha, the first person who motivated me.


  24. Candy says:

    Whew1 I made it to the party. Better late than …… Well, you know.
    Here’s my ‘portrait’ for Day 10


  25. here’s a portrait of my future lover

  26. Frank Hubeny says:

    Here is mine for today based on a prompt from dVerse Poet’s Pub:


  27. Hello Poets,

    Is there a cut-off time by when one needs to share one’s poem? Just thought of asking as the prompt comes in the morning but the only time I get to write is in the evening, which is now.

    Here’s my portrait poem for Day 10.


  28. […] prompt was to write a portrait […]

  29. […] issues that don’t solve themselves – are not today’s prompt. Instead: a […]

  30. Carla Jones says:

    Some great work out there today! Keep it up GloPo-er’s


  31. […] prompt at NaPoWriMo.net was to write a poem as portrait of a person that’s important to us. I chose the first person […]

  32. Anni says:

    I really enjoyed today’s interviewee – thanks for sharing her work with us! I liked the way she linked personal history with broader history.
    My poem for today only has the first though: To You

  33. […] NaPoWriMp.net official prompt for Day 10 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 is to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you – I have always found […]

  34. A micro-poetry pen portrait of William Wilberforce: http://wp.me/p4eHj4-1cf

  35. Oloriel says:

    My first entry this year, and off prompt. Sorry about that, and hope you don’t mind and give it a read anyways. The piece is personal and it would mean a lot to me.


  36. Katie says:

    I had fun with this one. Decided to go with a fictional character. =)


  37. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a personal portrait of someone special, like someone who is a picture of unselfish […]

  38. Say Hello to Fear

    Go up to your fears and speak to them,
    and they will generally fade away. — A. Maclaren D.D.

    Turn around, what’s gaining on you
    Turn around, nothing there but fear.
    Just stop then, and put out your hand
    Just stop then, wait for fear to come
    Speak fear’s name, as soon as it’s near
    Speak fear’s name, watch it disappear.

  39. […] a poem for day 10 of NaPoWriMo. I’m off prompt […]

  40. Jim says:

    Late again, still making it!! Sort of hard day, lots of stuff to do early. I tried to satisfy both the Imaginary Garden and the NaPoWriMo requirements.
    Sort of, I did.

    Here: http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-10-poem-from-my.html


  41. Arash says:

    Portrait of a Robot

    by Arash

    I feel nothing for you

    I’ve known your cold metallic bones

    The arms of steel that fixed my bike

    I feel nothing

    For your rusted eyes leaking thick oil

    And when you lost your legs and had to crawl

    That annoying clicking sound of your heart

    When you were too close

    Last night they put you away

    Maybe in the ground

    I feel


  42. Susan says:

    Between caring for sick kiddos and dealing with the pounding of shingles being replaced on our roof, it took me all day to write something. I was finally able to come up with a quadruple etheree about my Great Grandmother. :-)

  43. HI Everyone, here is my entry for today a good week to all:)


  44. Very late, but still before the day is done! (And a promise to read people’s poems over the past few days — been rushing, writing, submitting, but hardly any time to read, alas! I shall remedy this week.)
    Here’s mine:


  45. Vince Gotera says:

    Please check out our poems on The Man with the Blue Guitar blog, by Thomas Alan Holmes and Vince Gotera, both mixing the NaPoWriMo “portrait” prompt and the Poetic Asides “travel” prompt.


  46. […] Today’s prompt invited us to create a portrait of someone. My mind immediately imagined a eulogy.   I cannot tell […]

  47. Raivenne says:

    A different view of arts and canvas


  48. […] keeping tonight’s poem short and […]

  49. […] eleventh poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a […]

  50. […] .. Prompted by NaPoWriMo, day 10.  […]

  51. […] twelfth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a poem incorporating alliteration and assonance. I think I did better with the […]

  52. […] Day Ten:  Write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you. […]

  53. Good grief. How late is too late? I thought I’d finished and published this prompt two days ago! Here is my portrait poem, rushing to catch up as usual: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2017/04/12/family-secrets/

  54. […] While I didn’t strictly adhere to NaPo’s suggestion “to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important” to me, I did opt for a […]

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