2023 NaPoWriMo #3 (Opposites Attract)

April is here again and that means its National Poetry Writing Month and for my second year I’ll be joining the 30 poems in 30 days challenge hosted by napowrimo.net. For this challenge, a poetry prompt will be provided daily during the month of April and if I can keep on track I’ll achieve the 30 poems in 30 days goal. So enough chatter…let’s go! It’s time for NaPoWriMo!

Select a short-ish poem that you like, rewrite each line replacing as many words as you can with a word of opposite meaning. Polish as you wish.


Nice! Another intriguing prompt. I love how these prompts have been pulling me into new ways to create poetry. Greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness behind these prompts.

So I’m going to go with a poem that I’ve worked with before by Mary Oliver called This Morning. Quite coincidently, I created a new poem named inspired by This Morning which I called “This Night”. Feel free to check it out. Ok, let’s get on with today’s prompt.

That Night

That night when we hadn’t yet died;
Our parents stayed silent;
They knew where we were going,
We silently shouted “No more!, No more!”
We had so many thoughts;
Our eyes were open;
We knew everything about the ground to come;
It wouldn’t wait;
There would be no miracle.

I took a lot of liberties during the polishing, but really appreciated this process and the outcome is interesting to me. I love “found poetry” and this feels like a new way to create. What do you think?

Be well,



  1. murisopsis says:

    I like the progression! I can see the thread that links all 3 poems – really lovely!!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much!


  2. To me the process is a way to get you to the place where you can write a poem that (mostly) satisfies you. If that means you go “beyond the prompt,” so be it!

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