Hello, all, and welcome back for the 22nd day of NaPoWriMo!

Our featured participant for the day is: Alphabet Salad, where the erasure poem for Day 21 comes out of a page from Walden.

Today’s poetry resource is Empty Mirror, an online literary review. The site, which started out as focused on Beat Generation writing, now publishes new poems, book reviews, interviews and more!

And now for (as always, optional) prompt! Today is Earth Day, so I would like to challenge you to write a “pastoral” poem. Traditionally, pastoral poems involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields, but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature. One great way of going about this is simply to take a look outside your window, or take a walk around a local park. What’s happening in the yard and the trees? What’s blooming and what’s taking flight?

Happy writing!

 

51 Responses to Day Twenty-Two

  1. […] Today’s prompt (fittingly?): a pastoral about nature, Earth Day, plants and animals. Now, I don’t have a green thumb and tiny creatures that crawl around freak me out, so I’m probably not the best choice for this topic. But I guess that’s why you call it a challenge. […]

  2. […] Earth Day and NaPoWriMo Day 22. Also, I was reading Walt Whitman during a sunny lunch. With […]

  3. […] inspiration feels a little easier today, so this is for NaPoWriMo 2015 and their Day 22 optional prompt, which was to write a pastoral. Not sure this counts as one of those, but after […]

  4. CC Champagne says:

    Blue sky and spring weather! Perfect day for describing nature: https://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/springtime-pastoral/

  5. Brittany M says:

    My pastoral sonnet…

    “Sonnet of West to East”

    http://goo.gl/xN0aDU

    Happy Earth Day everyone! I’m planting some hydrangeas today and tomorrow will be planting my second apple tree.

  6. […] NaPoWriMo Day Twenty Two has a challenge to write a ‘Pastoral’ poem.  Always one for saving labour, I thought I could just use three of mine I happen to have in stock … […]

  7. […] Today’s prompt celebrates the occasion by suggesting a pastoral poem. Basically, write about nature. I just so happened to have watched an amazing documentary yesterday, Antarctica: A Year On Ice, and I literally cried from the beauty of the brilliant night sky. I was also inspired by one woman’s story who described when she saw the Southern Lights for the first time. Enjoy. […]

  8. Van Waffle says:

    For Earth Day and NaPoWriMo I offer a poem of irony, Voices of Praise.

  9. […] For the Day 22 prompt at NaPoWriMo; and Earth […]

  10. […] NaPoWriMo challenge was to write a ‘pastoral’ poem as it’s Earth Day. I chose to write about […]

  11. Took the pastoral element to the humble vegetable patch in our back garden https://voicelessfricative.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/little-green-fingers/

  12. […] For Day 22 of NaPoWriMo2015 […]

  13. […] Earth Day!  I endeavoured to follow today’s NaPoWriMo prompt by looking out the window.  However, the poem had other ideas.  Also, I’ve been listening […]

  14. Josh says:

    I didn’t do one yesterday. So: here is yesterday’s (off-prompt):
    “The Vision of St. Perpetua”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/117095006847/the-vision-of-st-perpetua

    **Here is today’s (on-prompt):
    “Upon Hills of Rock and Stone”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/117095455952/upon-hills-of-rock-and-stone

  15. […] Apostrophe/Poems of Address” Wild Violet’s “S is for Sevenling prompt” NaPoWriMo’s “Pastoral poems” Pink Ink Press’ “Poems about Home” Imaginary Garden with Real Toads’ […]

  16. […] response for napowrimo’s day 22 prompt; to write a pastoral poem. again, an ode to nature, this time for that lovely season […]

  17. […] prompt today at NaPoWriMo for Day 22 of the challenge is to write a pastoral poem. Although I had another poem already in the works for […]

  18. […] prompt today seems to be an Earth Day prompt: napowrimo.net, Writer’s Digest, The Daily Poet… The first thing I always think of is George […]

  19. Didn’t follow the prompt, but Happy Earth Day to all! This is another work/family life related poem. 8 more poems to Glory! :D

    Wealth

  20. […] NaPoWriMo Day 22. Needing a break. So….. […]

  21. […] The prompt: “Today is Earth Day, so I would like to challenge you to write a “pastoral” poem. Traditionally, pastoral poems involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields, but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature. One great way of going about this is simply to take a look outside your window, or take a walk around a local park. What’s happening in the yard and the trees? What’s blooming and what’s taking flight?” […]

  22. Vince Gotera says:

    Flyers

    Across meadows
    Bumblebees flutter,
    Cumbersome
    Dancers,
    Ever searching for the best
    Flowers, colorful faces above
    Green seas of grass.

    Hummingbirds dash and hover
    In wide loping arabesques,
    Jumping red yellow orange,
    Kissing the wide-open
    Lips of blossoms.

    Macaws, blue and gold Amazon
    Natives, dart sweep soar from
    One tangled branch to another.

    Pterodactyls,
    Quetzalcoatlus northropi,
    Ruled their kingdoms from vast
    Skies, gliding diving snatching
    Tiny furred mammals
    Unaware of wheeling death.

    Violet and teal dragonflies,
    Wings translucent
    X’s,
    Yaw and
    Zip through azure air.

    by Vince Gotera
          http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2015/04/day-22-napowrimo-poem-day-2015.html

      

  23. […] Today over at NaPoWriMo.net we are invited to write a pastoral.  From what I’ve gathered it’s an ancient form of poetry and calls our attention to nature, landscapes, and human interactions that unfold there. […]

  24. […] 22 of NaPoWriMo.  Today is Earth Day, so the prompt was to write a “pastoral” poem.  I was leaning […]

  25. […] NaPoWriMo–Day 22–Nature Poem […]

  26. Today I wrote a Shadorma poem titled “Garden of Grace” http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/22/garden-of-grace/

  27. grapeling says:

    […] the pastoral prompt […]

  28. Wow, so many poets created oh-so-beautiful poems for this challenge. :) Mine goes to the cornfields on a stormy day:
    “Before the Clock Strikes”
    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2015/04/before-clock-strikes.html

  29. Jim says:

    We at the ‘Imaginary Garden with Real Toads’ we were asked to write the “perfect love poem” according to a ‘formula’.
    Mine wasn’t perfect but it was lovey.
    http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2015/04/another-love-poem-day-21-of-napowrimo.html
    ..

  30. ‘The Cowardly Sheep of our Childhood’,
    and the strange absence of the pastoral in my city today. Where did it all go?
    https://medium.com/divided-by-zero/the-cowardly-sheep-of-our-childhood-23eda8b8b58f

  31. […] Day 22: Earth Day Poem […]

  32. A little belated posting but here’s my response to a lovely sunset closing out this year’s Earth Day:

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=12394

  33. […] Day 22’s optional prompt, to write a “pastoral” poem. With the day 22 being Earth Day, we were asked to write a poem that engages with nature. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  34. […] response for napowrimo’s day 23 prompt; to write about […]

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