NaPoWriMo 04/13 Fortune(ate)



The NaPoWriMo prompt for today is as follows:
“And now for today’s (optional) prompt! The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. However you proceed, I hope you will feel fortunate in the results (do you get it? Do you get it? Rimshot, please). Happy writing!”

Until today, I had no idea that there is a website entitled “The Fortune Cookie Message Archive.” I spent a bit of time there today to create a pep talk for a reluctant poet of a certain age. I selected only four word fortunes and, for fun, included one four-word quote from Anne Lamott, a writer whose gifts include the ability to inspire other writers.


Fortune favors the brave.
Be most affectionate today.
Good things take time.
Treasure what you have.
Use your instincts now.
Unleash your life force.
Let your fantasies unwind.
Reality is unforgivingly complex.

Stop wishing; start doing.
Aim high; time flies.
Happiness is an activity.
Life is a verb.
Become who you are.
Let the deeds speak.


5 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 04/13 Fortune(ate)

  1. ooohh… I did not have time to do much on the prompts yestreday, and missed the archive part! Definitely will check that one out later!
    Do I detect a line there from Phantom?? Looks like you had some fun with this one!

  2. I like this prompt and your response very much, Barbara, especially the definiteness of the statements. (That juxtaposition of “Happiness is an activity” and “Life is a verb” is particularly interesting, especially as you elected to put that in the stanza after the “Reality…” statement.

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