Hello, everyone, and welcome to the first day of NaPoWriMo 2016. I hope you’re excited for the challenge of writing a poem each day for the month of April.

As in prior years, we’ll be featuring a participant each day, and giving you an optional prompt. In years past, we’ve also featured a daily new book of poetry, magazine, or poetry-themed website. This year, we’ll be doing something a little bit different. Every day, we’ll be featuring a different poet who writes in a language other than English, but whose work is available in English translation, working our way from east to west.

Without further ado, today’s featured participant is Veronica Hosking, of Hosking’s Blog. I believe this is Veronica’s third year, at least, of participating in NaPoWriMo!

Our first poet in translation is Japan’s Hiromi Ito. Known for her ability to uncannily represent spoken language on the page, several of her books have been translated into English and, incidentally, she’s a translator herself, having translated Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! into Japanese. But you don’t need to know Japanese to get to know Ito’s work: Poetry International features translations of a number of her poems into English, as well as audio files and essays. Also, one of her books, Wild Grass on the Riverbank, is available in English from Action Books, as well as a selected poems, Killing Konoko.

And now, our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I challenge you to write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. Either kind will do, and you can write a one-lune poem, or write a poem consisting of multiple stanzas of lunes. Happy writing!


109 Responses to We’re Off to the Races!

  1. […] For: WHAT IS BLOGGING FROM A TO Z? and first day of NaPoWriMo 2016 […]

  2. Pat R says:

    This is a nice start, I’m not familiar with this form. I was planning a haiku anyway so it worked out well:)

  3. […] In response to Daily Post: Refresh and Napowrimo April 1, 2016. […]

  4. rosemawrites says:

    Hi everyone! Here is my humble take on today’s prompt! :)


    @rosemawrites from
    A Reading Writer

  5. […] DAY 1: Today, I challenge you to write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. […]

  6. […] Day 1: Lune, NaPoWriMo 2016 (30 poems in 30 days). Hope to see y’all around this month. […]

  7. grapeling says:


    A lune for all the loons…

    Here’s to all who are entering the fray. Best of luck. ~ M

  8. […] one came out of a NaPoWriMo prompt: write a lune. “There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, […]

  9. […] *Day One Prompt: the LUNE : […]

  10. […] lune for NaPoWriMo, day 1 about Scarlett – I might just make this a thing, poems about the […]

  11. Pat R says:

    ..and good luck to you too. I like this start:)

  12. […] Happy April and Day One of NaPoWriMo 2016! […]

  13. Jamie Perez says:

    The train has left the station. Thanks for another year of poking and prodding and urging and support.

  14. […] 1 of National Poetry Writing Month:  This is my first entry for this year’s napowrimo.  The “off to the races” theme is a poetic form called a […]

  15. Gene says:

    I missed last year’s nanowripo, but I’m excited to be back this year! I hope everyone else is equally excited.


  16. […] Napowrimo.net – scrivere una lune, forma inglese simile allo haiku, in cui si usano tre versi di 5-3-5 […]

  17. Short and to the point. Thanks for going light on Day One!


  18. heidi says:

    Yay Lunes! I love a lune.

  19. Bryan Ens says:

    I’ve written plenty of haiku, but had never heard of the “lune” before, so thank you for introducing me to a new form! https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/napowrimo-1-lune/

  20. […] it’s April I took a look at the NaPoWriMo website to get me going. The prompt was to write a Lune (or, as in this case, a bunch of lunes) […]

  21. […] lune written for NaPoWriMo Day 1.  April is National Poetry Writing Month. A lune is a three line poem with either a 5-3-5 syllabic […]

  22. Chrysalis says:

    No lunes for me today, instead I wrote mine as a response to a competition to cuddle a wombat.


  23. […] everyone! Welcome to my poetry blog thanks to napowrimo.net for featuring me on day one. As I’m sure you can tell by the t-shirt I’m wearing in the […]

  24. […] NaPoWriMo 2016: Day One: We’re Off To The Races – Lune (Form) […]

  25. Wheee! We’re all back! Good luck for the rest of the month, everyone.

    Here’s my poem for today:


  26. inktuition says:

    Thank you for today’s prompt. I’m looking forward to the month ahead. Today’s effort is ‘a lonely lune':

  27. […] lune written for NaPoWriMo Day 1.  April is National Poetry Writing Month. A lune is a three line poem with either a 5-3-5 syllabic […]

  28. […] submission to Day 1 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt was a lune, which I never even knew existed before today. I chose to go with 5-3-5 words in […]

  29. […] Are you surprised? I am. Then again, today’s NaPoWriMo poetry task is pretty short with a total of 13 (!) syllables. I can manage that. […]

  30. […] begins in grey, and today marks the beginning of poetry writing month. Following the prompt (write a lune) made me think of associative words: lunar -moon; loon – […]

  31. Bee says:

    Here’s my attempt. Lovely to see everyone else’s :-)https://writingrochdale.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/a-poem-a-day-brickwork-in-flood/

  32. […] first NaPoWriMo prompt is one of my favorite poetic forms: lunes! In fact, there are some on my blog that you can click here and read […]

  33. Hello! I just today found out about you all. I’m in if you’ll have me. :)


  34. Grace Black says:

    Thrilled to be back again this year! I am truly grateful for all the work and dedication that goes into this site.

    Okay, back to work…and then off to read some of your fantastic contributions.


  35. Grace says:

    Thanks for introducing me to the lune, I had no clue it existed! I chose to write several stanzas of a lune pattern.
    Thanks again!

  36. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a lune, a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable […]

  37. I followed the prompt over at Poetic Asides instead (but may write a lune at some point, too): http://marilyncavicchia.com/2016/04/01/a-million-divided-attentions/

  38. […] have decided that I would participate in the National Poetry Writing Month  (NaPoWriMo) this year, as encouraged by the wonderful poet Azul.  Today our prompt is to write a lune which […]

  39. […] National Poetry Writing Month prompt from napowrimo.net was to write a “lune” poem. A lune poem is similar to a haiku, which is a three-line […]

  40. […] 1 of NaPoWriMo and I didn’t follow the prompt, but […]

  41. Well, I’d already written a haiku before I saw the prompt.

  42. Here is my lune poem for Day 1: An Apple A Day Keeps Bad Thoughts At Bay: https://theproductpoet.com/day-1-napowrimo-2016-a-lune-poem/.

    Happy NaPoWriMo to all and to all a good write.

  43. Susan says:


    One minute on lips
    many years
    between heart and heart

    A lune for NaPoWriMo’s “We’re Off to the Races!”
    Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast

  44. […] in response to a National Poetry Writing Month prompt: write a Lune. […]

  45. […] first day of the NaPoWriMo challenge – to write in the style of a lune. This is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count (or […]

  46. […] #NaPoWriMo 2016–Day 1–Prompt: Lune poem […]

  47. I choose to do a Syllable Lune titled “Alpha and Omega” check it out here on my Blog–http://leonaslines.com/2016/04/01/alpha-and-omega/

  48. […] prompt was to write a lune, so here’s an assortment of flavours […]

  49. […] A Lune poem, for NaPoWriMo, day one. Come […]

  50. David Ellis says:

    Here is my effort called “True Colours” for NaPoWriMo Day 1. I combined the ‘lune’ prompt here and the ‘Colourful’ prompt over at WordPress ‘The Daily Post':-


  51. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a lune, a haiku variant with a 5-3-5 syllable scheme, and I ended up stringing three […]

  52. […] Check out some other great blogs over at NaPoWriMo […]

  53. […] beginnings – a poem for the first of NaPoWriMo […]

  54. Yoga Mom says:

    […] This is a lune, a kind of English haiku with no rules besides 5 syllables in the first line, 3 in the second, and 5 in the third. I’m participating in NaPoWriMo for my third year and am looking forward to playing around with different poetic forms. Here is today’s prompt. […]

  55. I drove to work this morning with Robert Frost…

    “…This morning’s drive, spent with Frost and meter,
    the miles passing with changes of season:…”

    Happy Day One – NaPoWriMo

  56. […] Today, I experimented with lunes, a form I’d never heard of. From NaPoWriMo’s prompt today: […]

  57. Misty says:

    I wrote a haiku from a prompt I found on a different blog. ;)


  58. Destiny says:

    Woo made it! Here’s my first entry. I like that you’re introducing foreign poets along with the prompts!


  59. […] National Poetry Month! NaPoWriMo Day 1 Write a […]

  60. Crow says:

    Thanks for kicking off the month with something new (to me).


  61. […] Here’s the prompt found at napowrimo.net: […]

  62. I just made it under the wire! It’s good to be joining in the fun of 30 in 30 again this year!

  63. […] so carrying on the process, from yesterday’s prompt, and written yesterday (whilst said rain was clattering at the window), a […]

  64. […] the way this month there are two great challenges: The NaPoWriMo for 2016 and the A to Z Challenge […]

  65. Didn’t use the prompt but I’m working on two collections this round.

    Here’s Day One’s poem from the Headmates Collection.

    Hummingbird-brained Scientist

  66. Sue Barnard says:

    Here’s my humble offering:

    It’s good to know that
    need not be complex.

  67. […] Yesterday’s prompt from napowrimo.net was to write a lune.  Mine just happens to have a lunar aspect to it.  In Greek mythology, Selene is the Goddess of the Moon. Lune ~ three lines with a syllable count of 5-3-5, or a word count of 5-3-5 ~ also known as American haiku […]

  68. Meena Rose says:

    Here is my Collum lune

    Never Grows Old (Collum Lune)
    By: Meena Rose

    “Welcome home, Love.”
    A greeting my ears will
    Never tire of.


  69. Yesterday’s poem:

    Apollo you dog
    nothing but
    a crimson junkie

    plucking ripe, red fruit
    as careless
    as a hungry child.

  70. life lessons says:

    Here is my Day 1 poem: ttp://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/01/three-lunes-three-loons/

  71. […] A lune written in response to NaPoWriMo Day 1 […]

  72. Thanks for the prompts!

    Dratted red squirrely
    Feeds his wicked soul

    Bullying the birds
    Master of the seed

  73. […] Poetry Writing Month)…. but I am excited though to be apart of this Challenge again via the NaPoWriMo Website, as I learnt a lot last year and enjoyed it very […]

  74. […] You can find all about NaPoWriMo and the prompts I’m following (sometimes) this monthHERE. […]

  75. Vijaya says:

    Sorry! I forgot to post my poem for the Day 1 Prompt (Lune) here, so I’m a couple of days late in sharing it with your site. Here is is:


  76. Kat Shamash says:

    Just now getting around to posting my poem for Day 1: the Lune Prompt. Here it is! http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/ganesh-napowrimo.html

  77. […] from napowrimo.net day 1: write a lune, a 3 line poem of 5-3-5 syllable count or 5-3-5 word count. I chose to […]

  78. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  79. […] Day 1 prompt: Lune […]

  80. […] starting late, but… I wanted to try the Day 1 prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016, which is to write a Lune, a poem with a 5-3-5 syllable […]

  81. […] Day 1, I bring you the Lune, also called American Haiku. So, here’s both a Kelly Lune with a […]

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