Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DAY TWO!! 30 Poems in 30 Days!!! “Couplet Poem”

So, for day TWO I thought we could write a few “couplets” ~ get it? For day TWO? They are simply a two-lined verse. How easy is that?

I hope you are trying these poetry forms out, even if you choose not to post them on here. Perhaps you could at least write them down each day in a “Poetry Journal.”
A friend of mine, Anna Arnett, is also doing a poetry challenge. In fact, I’ve noticed several writers doing this for Poetry Month – how cool is that? Anyway, she chose Day 1 for a couplet and this is what I posted on her blog for my couplet: 

Carefully stringing thoughts along    
Into lovely little word-songs.

    © 2014 ~ Stephanie Abney 

Although I’ve seen some that are totally random, the dictionary definition of a “couplet” suggests that they usually consist of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter. (The above example has 8 beats in each line and the endings rhyme well enough). So ~

Try expressing your complete thought in two mid-sized poetic lines. The last words should rhyme. It can be spiritual or silly or romantic or whatever suits your fancy – couplets are great to write for children or with children.

It is possible to string a bunch of couplets together to create a longer poem, but for our first day – just try one 2-line couplet.

Here a couple of couplets (hee hee) that I wrote a couple of years ago. Okay, so it was THREE years ago. Anyway, here they are, for what their worth (one is simple; the other is silly). 

 ~~~~~~~ I was thinking about the Lord's tender mercies and came up with this:
I know the Lord is mindful of me,
And it makes me happy as can be.
                             © 2011 by Stephanie Abney 
~~~~~~~ then, in a moment of frustration, I thought a little on "getting one's nose out of joint" and came up with this:
Writing this little assignment
Puts my nose out of alignment.
                               © 2011 by Stephanie Abney 
Did you think of a couplet? Just look around and think on an object or an emotion and give it a shot!!
Just a reminder – I’m going to share at least one poem in my blog post each of the 30 days of writing 30 poems ~ you are welcome (and encouraged) to do the same in the comments (or fire up your own blog)! Everyone should remember common courtesy: if someone writes something/anything - THEY ALSO OWN THE COPYRIGHT TO IT THE MOMENT THEY WRITE IT - so don't go using something you read here that someone else has written unless you give them proper recognition (and better yet, seek their permission to use it). Always include the name of the author of any story, poem, blog post or anything that you share. Thanks. [Drives me crazy when I read something wonderful that is flying through everyone's email and no one bothered to include the author's name].


Heidi L. Murphy said...

I'm going to put my couplet on my site here:
Come see me!

Tanya Parker Mills said...

Here are a couple:

I close my eyes to escape in dreams
But his snoring makes me stifle screams

The sunlight strikes my carpet's blue
Reveals the marks of cat and shoe

Jewelianna said...

Three little dirt clods went into the tub
Revealing children, after a good scrub

Jewelianna said...

My girls each wrote their own couplet, and then we each took a turn writing a second line.

This was Jenna's poem: (5)

Six lovely snowflakes falling to the ground
It makes a soft quite sound

Fam's alternate endings:
Cailin (7)
But they were nowhere to be found

First storm of winter, its majesty crowned

Fluttering on the wind’s gentle soft sound

Jewelianna said...

This was Cailin's poem: (7)

Four little flowers lying in the sun
They were so happy and had lots of fun

The mower came out and they had to run

They all got burnt and they had little fun

Jenna (5)
They had fun in the grass and the grass was mowed and they ran for their lives.

hahahaha Jenna's has me rolling

Vicki said...

My Grandchildren make me smile
And that makes me smile a while!