Thursday, April 12, 2018

Day 12 ~ “5 W’s Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

How do you write a 5 W’s Poem?

This is an obvious poem, but can be a sweet one, or a silly one, or a serious one, depending on what you fill in. This poem answers the 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When & Why.

They can be serious and heartfelt or light and silly depending on how you choose your words.

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?

Here are five quick examples I came up with a few years ago and they will have to stand for now – had some things go crazy yesterday and no time to think of something new. Cheers! ~

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

A group of teenagers
Making videos of being silly,
At the local park,
During spring break,
Hoping to be the next YouTube wonder.

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.

Our loving Heavenly Father
Prepared a plan of Happiness,
In the heavens,
Before the world was,
So we could return and live with Him.

My mother, Geneal Goold Peterson
Gave up a college scholarship,
To Brigham Young University,
When she was just out of high school,
Because her mother was sick and she wanted to care for her.

All of the above 5W’s poems © 2014 Stephanie Abney

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Vicki said...

Day 12-The 5 Ws
The good people of Magna
Try so hard to look out for each other
They watch on their streets
Every day and every night
For other people doing things they shouldn’t be doing

Betsy said...

The wind
Blows my hair
All over the place
As soon as I step outside
I think it wanted to be a hairdresser.