Write a haiku about something happening in nature right. If you aren’t familiar with haiku, it’s a form of poetry from Japan that usually describes nature. It doesn’t rhyme. The first line is five syllables, the second line is seven syllables, and the third line is five syllables. Here’s my contribution, inspired by a heat wave I am currently experiencing. If you are inspired, please send me your poem.
With Mother’s Day approaching, many of us are thinking about what gift to give to our mothers, or grandmothers, or wives, or other female relatives. As a writer, you can always make a gift of your art.
Writing a poem is wonderfully personal gift. I have given poems as Christmas gifts. Know nothing about poetry? I recommend checking out books of children’s poems to introduce yourself to this writing style.
I like studying children’s poetry because I can focus on the structure, instead of the meaning, which is usually straight forward. Below are listed books that are a great introduction to a few different styles of poetry.
Even if you only write four lines of verse in a card, that personal touch will mean so much. (That rhymed. Mmmm … maybe I have the beginnings of a poem.)
Putting down on paper a significant event you shared with the woman you want to honor makes a thoughtful preset. Your recipient may not know how much that event meant to you so letting her know is a true gift.
I wish I had written to my grandmother how much it meant to me to spend time with her and my grandfather at their house when I was a kid. I thought she knew. It was only when I was an adult that I discovered she didn’t. She had thought my sisters and I all had a good time, but she didn’t know those visits were some of our fondest childhood memories.
Unless you are an experienced writer, I would keep your story to around 500 words. Even if it only runs to 200 words, that’s fine. Short can definitely be sweet if it delivers a story in a concise, imaginative way.
No matter what kind of writing you choose, be sure you edit it. No one writes her best story the first time. Reread and rewrite as much as you can before you give it away. Every time I reread a piece, I always find ways to improve it.
I forgot that April is national poetry month. When I worked as a children’s librarian in public libraries, we tied our book displays and programming to the event.
Because I am not a poet, I write poetry when I want to have fun with words. Maybe poets do the same thing with prose when they need a break from their serious writing.
I also like to write poetry because the only person I am trying to please is myself. As I work on my novel, I have to keep in mind all the rules of good writing, the expectations of the audience I am writing for, and the requirement of agents and editors. I am free with poetry. If I share a poem, I hope others will like, but if they don’t, that’s fine.
Even though I write poetry just for fun, I learn techniques I can apply to my prose writing when I read it. My background as a children’s librarian has led me to read children’s poetry more than any other kind. But I think a skilled poet can appeal to kids and adults in different ways with the same poem. I’ll talk about what I have learned from reading poetry next time.
I am not a poet, but I occasionally get ideas that can only be expressed in poems. I wrote the poem below in response to the poem “January” by John Updike in A Child’s Calendar. I love these poems. While I like the one Mr. Updike wrote about “February”, my poem better reflects my feelings about the month.