Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Day 29 ~ 2015 “Pyramid Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 poems in 30 days”

It’s hard to believe the month of April is almost over. We just have today and tomorrow – there are so many more poetry forms out there. It’s been hard to choose which ones to share each day. In fact, I’m writing a book with dozens of poetry forms in it and I will post on here once it’s ready and how you can get a copy. In the meantime – what about today?

Oh, but first, what about tomorrow? There are some things you should know: April 30 is not only the last day of #NationalPoetryMonth – but it is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day. The idea is that on “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” people throughout the US will celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues, including FB and Twitter (#pocketpoem), ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. I’ll tell briefly about its history tomorrow, but for now – be thinking about a poem you would like to carry in your pocket tomorrow – it could be one of your own original ones or just a favorite poem of yours. 

OK, also tomorrow’s poetry form is the “Credo” so be thinking about what you believe in and I’ll give you a format to follow for it.

NOW, on to today: Let’s write a “Pyramid Poem”

This is quite simple, if you follow the rules ~ it’s one of those “parts of speech” poems, great for classroom teachers. It’s a poetry form that I have not introduced before in previous years. It has some repetition in it, which is part of its charm. Here we go:

When all is said and done – if you center the words (which I realize you can’t do in the comment section – but when you save it for yourself, center the words so the poem is in the shape of a pyramid.

Here is the format ~ one word for part of speech indicated on each line BUT THE CATCH IS ~ once you have selected a word for NOUN – it needs to be used EVERY time a NOUN is called for in the poem, same for the adjective you choose and so forth (syllable counts, word counts and rhyming are not requirement, although some may occur, but using the same word for a particular part of speech IS a requirement: 

Line 1: noun 
Line 2: adjective noun 
Line 3: adjective noun verb 
Line 4: adjective noun verb adverb 
Line 5: adjective noun verb adverb prepositional phrase

Here’s an example I found online at but no author credit was given:


Puffy clouds
Puffy clouds float
Puffy clouds float sleepily
Puffy clouds float sleepily across the horizon

And here is my example:

Sweet children
Sweet children play
Sweet children play happily
Sweet children play happily at Grandma's house
                                                                       © 2015 Stephanie Abney

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Vicki said...

Heavenly home
Heavenly home waits
Heavenly home waits patiently
Heavenly home waits patiently for our return

Andilyn Jenkins said...

I wrote this one:

Iron man
Plastic Iron Man
Plastic Iron Man flying
Plastic Iron Man flying into the bowl of Froot Loops

Evelyn wrote these ones:

Sunny daisies
Sunny daisies growing
Sunny daisies growing in the garden

Scary book
Scary book roaring
Scary book roaring from my mommy

Heidi Murphy said...

Ah rats. I hoped you would do a haiku today, because that's what came out of me. So here's my haiku. Maybe I'll add a pyramid poem too. Okay, I did it.

AM Woods: said...

Full moon
Full moon creeps
Full moon creeps stealthily
Full moon creeps stealthily behind the trees

Deborah said...

Our world
Azure jewel
Spins fitfully in orbit
It's broken nature evident.
When will love and peace heal?

Deborah said...

Uh oh. I put my poem in the wrong comment section! The one I posted here is for yesterday, I think!

Deborah said...

Here, this one might be the right one:

Yummy chocolate
Yummy chocolate satisfies
Yummy chocolate satisfies completely
Yummy chocolate satisfies completely under all circumstances