Todays is Day 4 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt today is to take inspiration from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The “enigma” of the title is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. So we need to write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle. One could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color. Or perhaps closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is. So here’s my simple take at it. There are many hints to help you guess 🙂


Mischievous smile

feeble cries

warm embrace

inquisitive eyes

Silly games

to seek

to pry

a pot of white liquid

amply satisfy

Craving to cuddle

to muddle

to style

A hike up the street

a stroke on cheeks

a tickle on paws

to bade goodnight!