Here are some simple poems that you can try. First think of a place, an emotion, a feeling, a person, or situation, and then imagine it and describe it. Many poems are about love, loss, hate, a feeling, or a reaction to an event.
Diamond poems mostly nouns, adjectives, and sometimes verbs. Usually, diamond poems follow these rules for each line, one word, two words, three words, four words, three words, two words, one word; or whatever keeps the diamond shape. choose a theme or place, and imagine a sequence of events.
Snow & holidays
Parties, skiing, snowboarding
Speeding fast, downhill exhilaration
Tree, tree, tree. Oow! Help!
Defining a concept
Choose a word, and describe in four lines what it means to you. How you experience that concept. Do not make it like a dictionary definition. Choose a topic like: Loneliness is…, Love is…, Autumn is…, etcetera. Examples:
Loneliness is cold sheets on a cold bed
Loneliness is sitting at a table for two with a breakfast for one
Loneliness is returning home to a dark house
Loneliness is working on Christmas day.
Autumn is lots of colours in the trees and underfoot
Autumn is digging out warm coats and jumpers
Autumn is last days sitting at outdoor cafés
Autumn is having hot chocolate drinks at night, with you.
The senses (3-8-3)
Choose a sense and a place, and imagine the details. Describe it. Senses include taste, touch/feel, sight, sound, smell, social situation, etc. Title (to set context), then three words, eight, and three. Example:
My sweaty neck,
Sticks to my collar, and stinks a little
Finally, the train!
- On a train station platform
- In a movie theatre
- In an exam room
- Standing on a train
- Waiting in line at a convenience store
- Waiting for pizza
…as long as…
Thing to do + as long as + condition
You can borrow my jackets as long as you return them.
You can have my food as long as you bring me dessert.
You can use my computer as long as you let me use your PlayStation.
You can have my heart as long as you don’t break it.
Without… Is like…
Choose a theme, situation, a person, or an emotion, and describe it in four lines. But don’t use the key word you really want to say. “…without… is like … without…”. Example:
A life without a best friend is like coffee without milk,
Living without love is like a world without a sun,
You without a smile is like a night without stars,
A day without you is like Christmas without presents.
I have… and then…
List opposites. It is better if you can have a theme in the whole poem. Perhaps it can be a sequence of events, how you feel about something, or how overwhelmed you are by a person.
I have seen camels,
And then cats.
I have seen slaves,
And then princes.
I have seen stone,
And then diamonds.
I have seen life,
And then death.
I thought I had seen love,
But then I met you.