Happy thirteenth day of NaPoWriMo, everyone!

Our featured participant today is Room for Rafflesia, where the index poem for Day Twelve took its inspiration from an algebra textbook! I know some of the prompts have been a little wacky, but I’ve been very gratified to see how much fun participants have had with them — and this one was no exception.

Today’s poet in translation is Alexis Stamatis of Greece. Stamatis is a prolific poet, playwright, and novelist. While a few of his novels have been translated into English, very little of his poetry has been. But you can find two of his poems, translated into English here, and a third poem, along with a short story, here.

And now for today’s (optional) prompt! The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. However you proceed, I hope you will feel fortunate in the results (do you get it? Do you get it? Rimshot, please). Happy writing!

 

95 Responses to Day Thirteen

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  3. mtw says:

    this prompt stumped me at first, but after i found my jam it actually resulted in quite a lovely poem! thank you for this.

    https://milestowrite.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/fortune-will-do-you-no-favors/

  4. Many, many thanks for the shoutout! *:-)*

  5. Vijaya says:

    Hello!
    Here’s my “Fortune Cookie” poem for Day thirteen:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/13/fantasy-fortune-cookie-poetry/

    Thanks!
    Vijaya

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  7. […] Day 13 of NaPoWriMo falls upon an unlucky day.  That is, if I believed in luck. […]

  8. Gene says:

    Once I got started, this was rather fun. It also turned out to be literally the most colorful poem I’ve written when I wasn’t using crayons!

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/fortune-cookie/

  9. Angela says:

    This instantly makes me think of the misfortune cookies I wrote for NaPoWriMo 2013: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/?s=misfortune

    Which means that I totally want to take on the challenge to write positive ones this time. I’m curious if I’ll succeed. I’ll post todays result later. Wish me luck ;)

  10. […] NaPoWriMo prompts are just getting better and better. The challenge for Day 13 was to write a poem inspired […]

  11. Claire says:

    It’s been a tough morning so it’s nice to be reminded think about how fortunate I really am. https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/the-fortunate-ones/

  12. […] Prompt: The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. However you proceed, I hope you will feel fortunate in the results (do you get it? Do you get it? Rimshot, please). Happy writing! […]

  13. Kruti says:

    Here is my fortune cookie poem on Individuality

    https://lifeandmymusings.wordpress.com/

    Hope you all like it :)

  14. TJ Paris says:

    I went on a tangent after thinking about all the lame advice I have received from “fortune cookies” and onto annoying advice given by health obsessed friends.
    https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/life-is-too-short-to-eat-kale/

  15. […] Day 13: The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies.  […]

  16. Ileea says:

    I took the most common fortune I could think of and did not let it limit the poem. Good propmt!

    https://ileea.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/aprillyrik-dag-13-spadom/

  17. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for April 13 is to write poems based on fortune cookies,  Perfect prompt, as I still […]

  18. […] is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune […]

  19. Lori Carlson says:

    Today’s offering wasn’t so lucky, but then neither was the fortune cookie’s message:
    https://promptlywritten.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/fortune-cookie-day-poetry-napowrimo/

  20. I’m not as depressed about the hail storm as my poem suggests! :-)

  21. […] prompt  was to write a fortune cookie poem. I happened to find this enormously brilliant database  (!) […]

  22. […] for NaPoWriMo, day 13: a poem inspired by fortune cookies. All supposed words of wisdom found on Fortune Cookie […]

  23. […] found poem for NaPoWriMo Day 13, this one made of fortune cookie sayings found […]

  24. […] number 13 – if you believe in these kind of things. And of course that’s also today’s prompt. Or rather: we are challenged to write a fortune cookie […]

  25. Vince Gotera says:

    Merging “fortune cookie” prompt with Poetic Asides prompt of “last ____” for a title.

    Last Fortune Cookie

    Strange pain up left arm.
    I crack open this fortune
    cookie . . . “YOU WILL

    Please check out other poems by my NaPoWriMo group at http://bit.ly/1N8sO5b today.

  26. Wheee! Fortune cookies! :) My fortune cookie gave me a puzzling riddle, so I made sure my poem today is as clear as possible.

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-13th-day.html

  27. […] Thirteen of  2016 NaPoWriMo. The Day Thirteen prompt from napowrimo.net for 2016 NaPoWriMo is to write a poem inspired by fortune cookies, as in using […]

  28. Ken G. says:

    The Fortune Cookie (Don’t believe everything your hear.)
    https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/the-fortune-cookie/

  29. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. However you proceed, I hope you will feel fortunate in the results (do you get it? Do you get it? Rimshot, please). Happy writing! […]

  30. […] NaPoWriMo prompt of the day is write “a poem inspired by fortune cookies.”  This was fun.  I have to […]

  31. Angela says:

    I managed to stay away from my misfortune cookies and wrote positive future statements instead. It looks like darker things come easier to me: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/fortune-ripples/

  32. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day #13: “Fortune Cookie Poem” […]

  33. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Fortune Cookie prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “List Poem in the Style of Camile Guthrie prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Family Holiday prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Last ___ prompt” Poetry School’s “Animal Habitats prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Lament prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Aubade to Yourself prompt” Found Poetry’s “Phrases from Travel Websites prompt” Mary Carroll-Hacket’s “Miracle of Birth prompt” Lagan Press’ “Confronting Fears prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Reconciliation prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “If These Walls Could Talk prompt” The City Quill’s “What Makes You Anxious prompt” […]

  34. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem inspired by fortune cookies. After my defeat at the hands of the Day #12 […]

  35. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem inspired by fortune cookies. After my defeat at the hands of the Day #12 […]

  36. […] poor brain  is being stretched to its limit with NaPoWriMo and we are not quite halfway through yet! Today’s prompt is fortune cookies (or rather the […]

  37. Vin says:

    I kept thinking for awhile on what to write. 13th was always my lucky day, So I never felt it was unlucky. Sadly that is not how others perceive it.

    Anyways I thought
    Fortune cookies —> Inspirational –> My Quotes book
    And so I picked some quotes from my book, played around with them and got Belief forms your Destiny [http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/think/]

  38. I am enjoying the prompts even though my lunchtime writing is still taking sonnet form.

    …You can talk blue sky as long as you want,
    the rivers can ramble, the heart can break,…

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14119

  39. David Ellis says:

    I wrote an inspirational poem inspired by fortune cookie lines as a beacon of positivity and motivational energy to everyone who reads it

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/13/napowrimo-day-13-let-your-passions-take-your-breath-away-by-david-ellis/

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  41. Mar Claudrin says:

    for some reason, I couldn’t quite manage anything for fortune cookies, so instead I did mine about four tunes cookies ;) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/4tunes-cookies-aka-ipod-divination.html

  42. Lori Gomez says:

    This poem is really a deconstructed fortune cookie, I did include an actual fortune cookie saying within, as well as the ingredients to a fortune cookie recipe. Archimedes’ Palimpest really is like a fortune cookie to my mind. His long lost work was found within the pages of a 13th century text, hidden beneath a prayer.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/a-prayer-for-archimedes-fortune-cookies-day-13-of-napowrimo/

  43. […] Day 13 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a poem inspired by fortune cookies. […]

  44. […] Another emergency haiku. (2 left!) Using the prompt to write a “fortune cookie” aphorism. […]

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  48. […] Prompt: The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. […]

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  50. meaning of says:

    FORUM Journal – Archaeology Yorkshire

  51. […] A fortune cookie poem for NaPoWriMo day 13. […]

  52. Kat Shamash says:

    Hi!
    Here’s my “Fortune Cookie” poem for Day thirteen:

    http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/fortune-cookies.html

    Thanks!
    Kat Shamash

  53. […]  Day 13 of NaPoWriMo 2016.  Prompt today was to write statements predicting the future, aphoristic or silly statements. […]

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  55. A bit of humor in my Senryu poem titled “Fortune Cookie” https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/13/fortune-cookie/

  56. i collect these fortune cookie fortunes… next time, i’m just going to type up 13… hehehe!

    https://roomforrafflesia.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/follow-your-instincts/

  57. […] NaPoWriMo.net-prompt for today was to write a poem related to fortune cookies and this is my try at it. The lines part […]

  58. I didn’t use the prompt this time …. you can check out what I did write here :-)
    https://apoemandadrawingaday.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/forgotten/

  59. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  60. Yikes, I’m about 9 days behind. I guess life caught up with me. Here is my poem, “Revenge” https://theproductpoet.com/day-13-napowrimo-revenge/. As inspired by a fortune cookie.

  61. […] poem was the Day 13 prompt from napowrimo.net for National Poetry Writing Month. The theme was to write a bad luck poem based upon fortune […]

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