Happy Wednesday, all, and happy fifth day of Na/GloPoWriMo. We hope you’ve started to settle into the rhythm of writing a poem every day!

It was difficult to choose just one featured daily participant for the day, given how wonderfully you all rose to the triolet challenge! I’m pretty bad at triolets myself, but you all give me hope. Anyway, what with the difficulty of choosing one participant…I didn’t. So we have two today! First up is Words With Ruth, where the triolet prompt for Day 4 resulted in “precipitous” words (if you’ll excuse the pun), and second (but only because any two things have to appear in some kind of order), An Inveterate Indoorswoman, who offers us a poignant elegy in triolet form.

Today, our featured resource is Verse Daily, where you will find – you guessed it – a new poem every day. You can also check out more than twenty years of archived poems – a rich collection indeed.

Finally, here’s our (optional) prompt for the day. Begin by reading Charles Simic’s poem “The Melon.” It would be easy to call the poem dark, but as they say, if you didn’t have darkness, you wouldn’t know what light is. Or vice versa. The poem illuminates the juxtaposition between grief and joy, sorrow and reprieve. For today’s challenge, write a poem in which laughter comes at what might otherwise seem an inappropriate moment – or one that the poem invites the reader to think of as inappropriate.

Happy writing!

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