"The prompts for this month will all start with the letter N, and each week will have a parts-of-speech theme. Prompts for the first week will all be adverbs, followed by a week of adjectives, then nouns, and then verbs, all starting with the letter N. Please consider each word in terms of the category it’s offered in, even if an adjective might also be a noun, or a noun might also be a verb. You can include the word (or a form of it) in your poem, or let the prompt word take you in whatever direction you wish." 
 
ADVERBS
 
#1 now
 
now and then . . .
the lapping sound
of the moon
 
 
#2 noisily
 
dawn chorus . . .
light mimes its coming
noisily
 
 
#3 nervously
 
side to side
the coop intruder's
darting eyes
 
 
#4 nakedly
 
without guile
a prima donna's
death scene
 
 
#5 nonstop
 
ebb-tide moon
the ouroboros
trailing me
 
 
#6 nonchalantly
 
late summer . . .
cicadas shuffle sound
nonchalantly
 
 
#7 nearest
 
out of sight
a red dwarf hides
nearest
 
 
ADJECTIVES
 
#8 native 
 
the sound
my native tongue makes
reading haiku
 
 
#9 nuclear
 
mushroom cloud—
the nucleus of reason
grows unclear
 
 
#10 novel
 
time returns a novel way
 
 
#11 northwest
 
down under
the prevailing wind
wins over
 
 
#12 numeric 
 
one - no two
stars unable to
count on
 
 
#13 newfangled
 
haiku
mangled into
English stew
 
 
#14 neuter
 
worker bees
neither here
nor there
 
 
NOUNS
 
#15 nest 
 
cloud wisps
a bird's flight
from the nest
 
 
#16 nickel
 
fallen star
the value of nickel
in loose change
 
 
#17 nosebleed
 
autumn dusk
the darkening rose
of her sneeze
 
 
#18 neon
 
migrant smile
another buddha
goes neon
 
 
#19 nuance 
 
shifting light . . .
every nuance
of the rock
 
 
#20 notebook
 
ancient quill
secreting life 
in a notebook
 
 
#21 newlywed
 
newlyweds
a glowering sky
and her brow
 
 
VERBS
 
#22 nudge
 
rolling sky— 
a hedgehog nudges
past its past
 
 
#23 name 
 
earthbound voice
naming the one fall
that sticks
 
 
#24 nag
 
big bang— 
the past that nags
at my heels
 
 
#25 navigate
 
alone at last
a spider navigates
a wider web
 
 
#26 narrow
 
haiku—
my field of vision
narrows
 
 
#27 nominate
 
awake at dawn
tree bird and mountain
called by name
 
 
#28 neglect
 
half moon
making light of
drone targets