Hello, everyone, and welcome to Day Three of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo! It’s our first Monday this month, but I hope that won’t let that keep you from your writing.

Today’s featured participant is notes from a binbag, where the recipe poem for Day 2 has the spine-tingling feel of a dark fairy tale.

Today’s interview is with Monica de la Torre. Born in Mexico, de la Torre has lived in the U.S. since 1993 and has published four books of poetry. Her work is sly, witty, and playful, and often display narrative or essayistic characteristics. You can read some good examples here, here and here .

And now for our (optional) prompt! Today I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by. And I’d like to ask you to center the elegy on an unusual fact about the person or thing being mourned. For example, if you are writing an elegy about your grandfather, perhaps the poem could be centered around a signature phrase of his. (My own grandfather used to justify whatever he was doing by saying, “well, I can’t sing or dance, and it’s too wet to plow,” which baffled me considerably as a child). Or perhaps your Aunt Lily always unconsciously whistled between her teeth while engaged in her daily battle with the crossword puzzle. These types of details paradoxically breathe life into an elegy, making the mourned person real for the reader.

I suppose with a challenge like that, it’s a little odd to sign off for the day with “Happy writing!,” but let me wish you good writing, at least.


104 Responses to Day Three

  1. Well, I seem to be on a role with the western theme, so here goes another one. This one is “Elegy for the Old West.”

  2. A poem for a friend of mine who died in September 2014, reminiscing about a weekend during my summer vacation in 1988.


  3. About my father. Not rhymed or metered. Perhaps, I’ll try writing elegiac stanzas tomorrow, if time permits.


  4. https://mahathianand.blogspot.in/2017/04/napowrimo-day3-one-day.html

    This does not really adhere to the prompt, but it’s about the impact that I want to bring with my writing. A small poem :)

  5. […] Maureen’s Elegy prompt at NaPoWriMo […]

  6. Angela says:

    Never thought I’d write an elegy for hope, but I did. Short but true: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/hope-is-dead/

  7. […] Hi, day 3 for napowrimo.net challenge. […]

  8. […] In response to Napowrimo Day 3. […]

  9. rosemawrites says:

    Hi fellow poets! :) Here’s my elegy for today’s prompt: https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/elegy-of-us/.

  10. Claire says:

    Elegy for a someone who no longer exists in this form/time/place if that makes sense! https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/the-season-of-the-witch/

  11. […] is the third day of NaPoWriMo 2017. I have again experimented with a new form today as Maureen has prompted us to write an elegy – […]

  12. Not a requiem or an elegy, exactly, but definitely about things gone by:

  13. […] For: Day Three of NaPoWriMo […]

  14. Mar Claudrin says:

    Cor, and thank you very much for featuring my yesterday’s offering. I feel all shy now, but also very happy :) xx

    Here’s today’s attempt.


  15. […] National Poem Write Month  Day #3: Elegy […]

  16. Sangbad says:

    Thanks NaPoWriMo for letting me write this…reviews, comments are welcome…


  17. Katie Staten says:

    Elegy for a Holiday – https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/napowrimo-3-elegy-for-a-holiday/

    I was thinking about my father-in-law, and the thing that sticks out most to me is his beautiful but frankly dangerous methods of decorating for Christmas. I could never do it justice in verse or in any attempt at recreating the decorations, but here’s this anyway.

  18. This was a hard one. But here it is — it still needs a lot of work, but sadly, I must now go to work. Looking forward to taking a peek at other poems when I get back. Happy Monday, all.


  19. Eric erb says:

    Hello poets…
    Always a difficult topic. Me, I hide in the material things…


  20. […] .. NaPoWriMo, day 3.  […]

  21. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 3 – Today I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by. And I’d like to ask you to center the elegy on an unusual fact about the person or thing being mourned. […]

  22. […] prompt  was to write a elegy poem. Well, this is sort of that, inspired (in title and spirit by this poem […]

  23. Anuj Mahadik says:

    Hi Maureen & fellow poets! ‘Poems & Polaroids’ is a heartfelt elegy to one of my closest friends whom I lost to cancer last year. Much love! ❤

  24. […] is my NaPoWriMo poem for the day (I chose to not follow the […]

  25. Bryan Ens says:

    I’m “off prompt” today. As April is “Autism Awareness Month”, and today, specifically, is “Inside Out Shirt Day”, my poem is on the topic of Autism Awareness.

  26. […] 3 for NaPoWriMo and Real […]

  27. […] course, it has to be an elegy. And I won’t mourn my good health which went missing yesterday. Too […]

  28. […] Month/Global Poetry Writing Month, and this definitely is off-prompt for the optional prompt from NaPoWriMo 2017 – to write an elegy. Far from a lament for the past, this poem is a celebration of the future. […]

  29. Frank Hubeny says:

    Mine today is based on the dVerse Haibun Monday prompt of shadows:


  30. Vin says:

    Just an elegy for a dream of a love.. which wasn’t meant to be.


  31. […] DAY THREE:   Write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honours someone dead or something gone by. […]

  32. […] last part of the poem right then… I could not bring myself to write an elegy, as Maureen at NaPoWriMo.net prompted us to. The rest followed later today, maybe the distance can be […]

  33. Anni says:

    Thanks for the prompt – it’s definitely set free emotions!
    I started writing an elegy, but… well:
    Elegy to joy

  34. […] 3 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt for today is to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by. […]

  35. Roshni Nair says:

    Day 3 of NaPoWriMo. This is my first time writing an elegy .It’s an elegy of the soul.


  36. […] April Poetry month. The title comes from Poetic Asides, asking for a poem titled The _____ of Love. NaPoWriMo 2017 asked for an elegy and Apiary Lit suggested that we borrow lines or vocabulary from another poet. I […]

  37. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for an elegy with some kind of unorthodox focus. I don’t know about unusual, but a film about […]

  38. Vince Gotera says:

    Mixing the elegy prompt with Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides prompt for a poem with the title “_____ of Love” … my poem is called “Love of Country? Or Country of Love?” http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2017/04/day-three-napowrimo-poem-day-2017_3.html

  39. […] from NaPoWriMo.net: “Write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by. And […]

  40. Hello Everyone,
    I think I stayed on prompt today without knowing it. I love it when that happens:)

    Day 3


  41. Grace Black says:

    tick. tick.

    Here’s my go at an elegy of sorts in keeping with my theme for this month of poeming. Thank you all for continuing to inspire!

  42. tea parties says:

    Here is mine, I also mixed mine with in the with real toads’ prompt for today.

  43. m.j.smith says:

    Here’s my elegy for today’s prompt. I have been thinking about writing this for a long time and just didn’t know how to approach it. But the prompt of “an unusual fact about the person” gave me the boost I needed to memorialize my friend.

  44. J Luukkonen says:

    An elegy of Self.

    “Infinite Resignation”


    Inspired by Rumi and Soren Kierkegaard.

  45. This poem reflects prompts from three websites today: NaPoWriMo 2017, Poetic Asides, and Apiary Lit.

  46. Susan says:

    I had some difficulty but here it is. I wrote about my Grandpa.

  47. The link to my Elegy titled “The End of an Enterprise” at:

  48. Jim says:

    I’m an hour ahead of last night. April’s ways, did you think plants in January. What now?

    I’ve posted, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-03-aprils-ways-poem.html

    • Jim says:

      Wrong site above for “Jim’s Little Photo and Poem Place,” should have been “http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com”. Like here on this one.

  49. […] 3, as per NaPo’s challenge “to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone […]

  50. Tattle – Continuing my little novel in verse!


    Veronica @ Anything Veronica

  51. Had a couple ideas but when I sat down tonight to do this, it was all about my Dad. Will go back and work on it some more but…

    …he danced a mean fox trot
    leaving me disappointed at proms

  52. Just Barry says:

    Here’s mine. It started as a Japanese haibun, but then became something else.


  53. Today’s prompt was hard for me. Here is the link:

  54. […] so soon I fall behind! Yesterday’s prompt was to write an elegy for someone dead, lost but not forgotten. I’m afraid I just […]

  55. Riya Jain says:

    The link to my Elegy titled “Sleep Little Child” – An Elegy To Winters

  56. […] third poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net, which is to write an elegy, with a focus on something unusual about the person or thing being […]

  57. […] for Day 3 of NaPoWriMo. It’s been a struggle getting the muse to cooperate lately, but tragedy always moves us […]

  58. My response, an elegy for a starling (and a few other things besides): https://katiehoganoconnor.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/napowrimo-day-3/

  59. […] using the prompt for Day […]

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