Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 24 ~ 5 W’s poem #NationalPoetryMonth "30 Poems in 30 Days"

How do you write a 5 W’s Poem?

This is an obvious poem, but can be sweet, silly, romantic, or serious, etc., depending on what you fill in.

This poem answers the 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When & Why.

You can be serious and heartfelt or light and silly by the words you choose.

These poems have no need to rhyme, nor are the lines any particular length or meter. So, it’s a pretty simple poetry form to follow:

Line 1: Who (or what) is the poem about? 
Line 2: What action is happening? 
Line 3: Where does the action take place? 
Line 4: When does the action take place? 
Line 5: Why does this action happen?

I suggest you go to the Instant Poetry Maker on this one ~ it will include your ending punctuation for you when you click on the box “Create My Instant 5W Poem Now!” button. JUST BE WARNED – this little “Poetry Maker” does NOT have spell check –so be careful.

Here is the link: 5Ws Poetry Maker

It also has an example.

Just a thought ~ today is National Arbor Day - got any ideas for a poem about trees?

It's also "National Poetry DAY" (as opposed to the entire month being #NationalPoetryMonth)

Here are few examples of mine:

Poems for National Poetry Month
Are being crafted and written down,
Everywhere and anywhere,
During the month of April,
Because our words beg to be given wings.

                  © 2015 Stephanie Abney

Jim, my eternal companion
Takes good care of me,
Wherever we are,
At each opportunity,
Because he loves me. 

                 © 2014 Stephanie Abney

My precious grandchildren
Want to come play with me,
At grandma's house,
As often as they can,
Because I'm lots of fun to play with. 

              © 2014 Stephanie Abney

This last example is the one I wrote inspired by a Christmas I will never forget for so many reasons. Christmas was my mom’s all-time favorite holiday and we lost her to pancreatic cancer exactly one week before Christmas of 1998. I was in California all month with my mom. (The rest of the family joined us for the funeral and we buried mom 2 days before Christmas). Back in Mesa, while I was gone, BJ didn’t have any money but wanted to make me a gift. I collect nativities so he decided to make one, from scratch, without a pattern, except for the vision in his head. He had leukemia and was given a freestanding woodworking workshop with electricity and power tools as his wish from “Make-A-Wish” and so he set out to create the most memorable nativity of my collection of about 50 nativities. It is so precious, as was he. Two years later, BJ lost his battle with cancer too. I cherish every reminder of who he was, what he stood for and how he loved. This one is most precious.

Brian James Abney
Made his mom a wooden nativity,
In his "Make-A-Wish" woodworking workshop,
For Christmas 1998 when he was 14 years old,
Because he loved his mom and she collects them.

                           © 2011 Stephanie Abney

Okay ~ YOUR TURN ~ head on over to the 5Ws Poetry Maker

Please remember any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments section of this blog. They are the property of the person who shares them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them in any form without their express permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to it. Thanks!! 

And if you choose to post your poems on your own blog – that’s awesome. But please don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem and LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to read the instructions. Thanks for respecting my work.


Vicki said...

Sadie our sweet rescue kitty
Sits in my chair,
In my sewing room,
Whenever I open the door,
She loves beating me to it.

Heidi Murphy said...

I totally bucked your poetry form today. Sorry about that, but it was something I couldn't forget. Here's the link:
I'll do your 5 W's poem another day. But this one is worth the read I think.

Deborah said...

Here are two fast ones!

Five W poems
should have been easy for me to write for the poetry challenge
on Stephanie's Blog
because I have been writing them for most of the year.

miss my grandchildren
in San Antonio
now, more than ever,
because we just had two wonderful weeks with them!