Well, everyone, we all knew it was coming . . . today is the thirtieth of April, and the final day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2017. I hope all of you had fun, and that if you didn’t get 30 poems, you got at least a few!

As is usual, I’ll be back tomorrow with our final featured participant. I’ll also keep the participants’ list up and live until we start to get the site ready for next year, when we’ll go “dark” for a bit of annual housekeeping. And of course, all this year’s posts and comments will remain as a permanent part of our archives.

Our featured participant for the day is Words from a Lydian World, where the favorite-word poem for Day 29 has the lyrical sense of a song, and the mysterious feeling of a fairy tale.

Today’s interview is with Cathy Park Hong, whose pop-culture-filled verse explores language, genre and place, wheeling between the American west and the tech-industrial boomtowns of Asia. You can read more about here, and you will find two of her poems here, and another here.

And finally, our final prompt – at least until next year! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about something that happens again and again (kind of like NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo). It could be the setting of the sun, or your Aunt Georgia telling the same story at Thanksgiving every single year. It could be the swallows returning to Capistrano or how, without fail, you will lock your keys in the car whenever you go to the beach.

Happy writing!


97 Responses to Day Thirty

  1. Vince Gotera says:

    Congrats on another great NaPoWriMo, Maureen! See ya next year!

  2. arash says:

    Thank you Maureen for organizing the napowrimo, this was my first time here, and I enjoyed it, visited quite a number of sites and blogs, and had people visit mine, and I read some wonderful poetry, and I look forward to being part of this in the future. So my thanks to you and to the participants, keep on poem-ing all year long. :)

  3. m.j.smith says:

    My daily commute in a place near Angel Island:

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  6. arash says:

    Wrote one about repetition of time passing by, in terms of Earth spinning around the sun. Hopefully it sounds good, here are the first few lines :)
    by Arash
    I revel in repetition, I do,
    In revolving around the lovely sun,
    This Earthly carnival of life, of pine….

  7. […] for Day 30, NaPoWriMo 2017, where Maureen prompts things that […]

  8. grapeling says:

    thanks for another remarkable month, Maureen. congratulations to all, and thanks for those who stopped by.

    to a few prompts, including this one:

    another / 30

  9. […] and, as has been the case a few times this month, I have chosen to combine prompts from the napowrimo website (something that happens again and again) and Real Toads (on the photo electric […]

  10. paul scribbles says:

    Fantastic month. Thank You Maureen,commenters and likers. It’s been emotional ;)

    Last effort combining two prompts. This one and The Toads.


  11. Angela says:

    Thanks Maureen, for providing this website, the prompts, and this space to create community.

    Thanks to everyone who visited my blog, who has read my poems, who has liked, commented, responded to tweets, etc. You are what makes #NaPoWriMo so much fun!

    I’m on prompt for this last day. The repetition is a child playing piano:


  12. Mar Claudrin says:

    I can’t believe we’re here, at the end! I hope everyone’s enjoyed themselves. I guess we’ll all be back next yr? :) xx


  13. Susan says:

    Thanks so much for another wonderful month. I’m already looking forward to next year. :-)

    I was awakened, once again, by my self-appointed woodpecker alarm clock.
    The females seem to be ignoring him…

  14. Clairevetica says:

    Thanks for another great GloPoWriMo! I had the topic in mind for this already – love it when a prompt comes together! :) https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/the-spinning-ones/

  15. Ayesha Qureshi says:

    Finally the 30th day!!

    I wrote and published 40 poems and got several drafts saved up.
    Thank you! What an incredible journey!

    Here is my poem for today. It is a Pantoum.


    Until next year,

  16. Joseph Hesch says:

    On Day 30 of NaPoWriMo, a story of echoing pain. Blissful pain.
    The Love of His Life

  17. lindi says:

    Thank you for a wonderful first time napowrimo experience. Thank you for the prompts and the poets in the post everyday. And thank you to the participants – so much beautiful reading.
    Day 30 – kind of to prompt.
    until next time…

  18. […] thing we do over and over is celebrate birthdays. The last day of NaPoWriMo coincides with the birthday of child No. […]

  19. Thank you for all the prompts. I haven’t followed every one, but almost. It’s been a fun ride :)
    This last poem is a birthday poem.

  20. […] villanelle for Day 30, the last day of NaPoWriMo. I think this may be the first villanelle I’ve […]

  21. Merril Smith says:

    Thank you so much for the prompts and for hosting NaPoWriMo. It has been so much fun, and I will miss it–even though I’ve been neglecting my work to write a daily poem.
    I may be very loosely on-prompt with this one. :)


  22. […] is the last day of NaPoWriMo! I can’t believe I’ve been writing a poem everyday for a month. A big thanks to Maureen for […]

  23. I am so delighted to have successfully completed the NaPoWriMo. I participated for the first time but it was a splendid experience. I sincerely thank Maureen for hosting the event and keeping our creativity at high by providing us with wonderful prompts each day. Thanks to each one of the participants for reading, liking and commenting my posts. I have connected with so many creative minds on this forum.
    Starting the backward counting from 365 from tomorrow :)
    Here’s my last post for NaPoWriMo.


  24. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 30! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about something that happens again and again (kind of like NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo). It could be the setting of the sun, or your Aunt Georgia telling the same story at Thanksgiving every single year. It could be the swallows returning to Capistrano or how, without fail, you will lock your keys in the car whenever you go to the beach. […]

  25. […] asia.si.edu Off-prompt for Day 30 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo 2017). More Chinese interpretations can be […]

  26. […] it through, but not on the highest level… (usual round-up post to follow tomorrow, hopefully) The final prompt: things the happen again and […]

  27. […] is the final day of NaPoWriMo, this month of poetry is almost over. The last prompt was to write about a recurring event, something that happens over and over. One of my […]

  28. Anni says:

    One last poem for this month. It’s been another great journey to the mountain top and now we can look down and see poetry written on the clouds and the fields and flowing through the rivers and flying on bird’s wings.

    Looking forward to next year!

    My poem is about my favorite day of the week and why I like it so much.

  29. Here’s my poem.
    Thank you so much for hosting us! I loved the prompts.


  30. I can’t believe I managed to write a poem every single day and keep up to the prompts. Thanks Maureen for the varying prompts. It’s been an amazing experience and learnt so much but I would be lying if I said I did not get tired and waited for the 30th. Loved the encouragement received from the participants through likes and comments on my poems. Thanks all for being an amazing group.
    Here’s mine for today.


  31. Alas the end of april has come again – have enjoyed our yearly sharing of poetry and the push to write every day. As my tradition, here’s my waiting for May poem.

    Waiting for May

    “The last of April has come once more
    a flirtatious whirl of sun and green
    uncertain moments, pleasure’s relaxation
    after many rounds of shaky romance…”

  32. […] Poetry Writing Month Day#30: Write a Poem About Something that Happens Again and […]

  33. Sangbad says:

    So, this is the end of NaPoWriMo for this year…thanks, Maureen for organizing this event…thanks to all fellow poets who participated and from whom I learned a lot…hope to see you all next year…
    Today I’m offering something between on and off prompt…a philosophical one…hope you all will like this…


  34. […] final NaPoWriMo prompt of the month was for a poem about something that happens over and over. Following the theme of this […]

  35. […] NaPoWriMo, the last day for now. […]

  36. S.G. Liput says:

    What a great NaPoWriMo this year! For my last poem, I mused on the hypothetical possibilities of repeating life over and over.
    My best to all my fellow poets out there. Until 2018….

  37. […] Today we’re at the end :^(. Pretty sad for this year to be over, but pleased I’ve tried a new form (Haibun) for the last day […]

  38. Carla Jones says:

    Thank you Maureen for another brilliant year of prompts and poems and also for featuring me this year. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2018!


  39. […] final prompt for GloPoWriMo for 2017, and one which will enable me (after frantic catching-up) to qualify as having written 30 poems in […]

  40. colonialist says:

    Thanks for the ride!
    After my late start I panted over the finish line with nine since 27th.

  41. […] Prompt via napowrimo.net: “And finally, our final prompt – at least until next year! Today, I’d like to challenge […]

  42. […] WordPress prompt was “Yarn,” and this poem also loosely applies to the final NaPoWriMo challenge, which was to write about something that happens over and over again. This was inspired by the […]

  43. Jenna says:

    My poem today is only loosely based on the prompt, but it works.

  44. And I have done it! 31 poems in 31 days (including the Early Bird prompt). Thank you for fantastic prompts, they really kept me going and I feel that I have learnt a few things too. And big thanks to the community. See you next year.
    Now, here’s my last entry: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2017/04/until-we-meet-again.html

  45. […] the NaPoWriMo prompt suggested writing a poem about something that happens over and over again, my mind immediately went […]

  46. Thanks for the great prompts and new forms of poetry to learn about! Been a lot of fun. Mine for today:
    Had a truly wonderful time here, this was a fantastic first experience with NaPoWriMo. I look forward to participating next year. It’s been a pleasure reading such lovely poetry, happy to have discovered some great poets. And thank you to all who stopped by my blog, commented and read any of my poems. I really appreciate it! See you next year.

  47. […] .. NaPoWriMo, day 30.  […]

  48. https://whimsygizmo.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/de-ja-vu/

    Thanks so much for an awesome month of prompts, inspiration, and encouragement!

  49. […] Today is the last day of NaPoWriMo […]

  50. https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/12818/ made it! Just barely, though, for my muse was threatening to go on strike today.

  51. Vin says:

    And it is done. 30 poems in 30 days. Thank you so much, for organising, the prompts, everything really.

    Last year I couldn’t make it on all days. So was awaiting this year.
    But work kept me busy from attempting all the prompts though. So had to go off prompt a lot. Still, it was amazing. I’ll be there next year…

    Today’s poem is about The End. It came up in my sleep.


  52. J Luukkonen says:

    Went a little dark on this one, but there it is.


    “If There Were An Actual Problem”

  53. Jim says:

    Made it!!! Phew, a long today and running late, just like my first post on April Fool’s Day.

    Here goes, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-29-poem-particle.html


  54. Lori Gomez says:

    Thank you so much for providing this forum. It takes a lot of work and forethought, and is a generous thing for you to do every year. Cheers to all the participants. Write on.


  55. Vince Gotera says:

    Thanks again, Maureen. Both Thomas Alan Holmes and I merged prompts again today: the NaPoWriMo prompt with Robert Lee Brewer/Poetic Asides’s “The______” prompt.

    Great month, everyone. I’m going to try to keep writing a poem a day from this point. Anyone wanna join me?


  56. Lydia says:

    This was a really great month. Thanks for all the resources and fun prompts! (And also for featuring me woo!)

  57. PF Anderson says:

    Hiya! I’ve been trying to find archives of posts and lists of participants from previous years. What is the easiest way to do that? Thanks!

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