Thursday, April 25, 2019

Day 25 ~ Credo Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth and "30 poems in 30 days"

The word “credo” is Latin, and literally means, “I believe.” So, today were are going to write a “Credo Poem." This is a pretty cool format and it was taken from a scene in the movie “Bull Durham” (which I’ve never seen so this is NOT a recommendation to see it – in fact, when I tried watched the clip of his “credo” I turned it off – not my style; too crass for me). However, it does make for a good poetry form, so here it is ~ basically, just fill in the blanks:

CREDO POEM ~ in each of the first 4 blanks, tell something you believe in and on the last line of the 1st stanza list 3 things (separated by each of the commas provided)

Then for the “BUT” line – tell something you don’t believe in, such as “But I don’t believe” … or “But I think … telling something that you don’t support, believe, etc. “But I think ‘whatever’ is overrated” or any way you want to add a line about what you DON’T believe in that starts with the word “But.”

Finally, the last stanza is MORE of what you believe in (3 lines and then a line of 3 things, separated by a comma, like you did in the 1st stanza and then – end with one long statement that kind of summaries what you believe or what you have hope for in the future type of thing.

OK, here is the basic format – whatcha’ got?

I believe in the _________________________,


But _______________________________________ . (something you don't believe in)

I believe in____________________________,
I believe in____________________________
I believe in____________________________

And I believe in ___________________________________  _________________________________________________ . (longest line of poem)

Here is a link to an example poem written by a teenager found on Teen Ink(her format is a bit different - she doesn't seem to have the 3 items listed at the end of each stanza). . . which looks pretty good, so use either format. 

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Photo credit: Pixabay image by Deb W


Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here you go:
Now I've got to go take the missionaries over and help a lady clean out her apartment so she can move away from the place where there was a murder day before yesterday...:o)

Connie Cockrell said...


I believe in women,
The determination they generate,
The new lives they bring into the world,
The way they tie everything together,
The strength they bring to
Family, Community, the world.
But not in their subjugation, their defilement, or their destruction.
I believe women improve our world.
I believe they wrap their arms around everything and make it better.
I believe women hold their place with,
Love, Sharing, and Food.
And I believe that without women, the world would be a much darker place.

Stephanie Abney said...

Nice poems, ladies!

I LOVE your thoughts on women in your poem, Connie!! Nicely done!