Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Day 7 ~ How to write a “What if . . . I might” Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth - "30 poems in 30 days"

Day 7 ~ How to write a “What if . . . I might” Poem

Yesterday’s autobiographical poems were so interesting and fun. This one is super easy – it’s basically a “finish the sentence” type of poetry form. Even so, I think you will be pleased and surprised at the results! 

A seven-line poem for Day 7 ~ This is a poem that will get you thinking of many possibilities; some thoughtful, others silly, some adventurous, or even fanciful, some surprisingly profound. Let your imagination go or reach deep into your heart. 

Fill in the blanks any way you want – changing the words you can create dozens of poems.

Line #1:  What if ____________________________
Line #2:  I might ____________________________

(leave a space between lines 2 & 3)
Line #3:  What if ____________________________
Line #4:  I could _____________________________

(leave a space between lines 4 & 5)

Line #5:  What if ____________________________
Line #6:  I would_____________________________

(leave a space between lines 6 & 7)
Line #7:  Ask a question.

Have fun!!

HERE ARE MY EXAMPLES – (from a few years ago – if I get some new ones written, I’ll come back and add them in or even exchange them. We’ll see. But I wanted to get the post ready for everyone else! Cheers!!)
I wanted to write new examples for this year, but, as sometimes happens, I am running behind and these examples give you a good enough idea. I’m anxious to see what you come up with though!! Cheers!!

The first one is silly: 

What if I danced in the rain?
I might get a little bit wet.
What if I sang at the top of my lungs?
I could land a singing contract, I bet.

What if I went back inside and sat down?
I would never know what I might do.

I wonder, would you be so bold, if it were you?

                                      © 2011 Stephanie Abney

This one is more serious:

What if I listened very carefully to the spirit?
I might be surprised at what I hear.

What if the Lord has plans I'm not ready for?
I could try to pretend I didn't hear them.

What if I listened and obeyed?
I would be more use to His children.

Do you think I'm that strong?
                               © 2011 Stephanie Abney

This is the link to our FB group – just ask to join:
A Month of Poetry "30 Poems in 30 Days" April #National Poetry Month

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Vicki said...

Day 6-What if......I might poem

What if all doors were open?
I might be friends with everyone

What if all people got along?
I could live more joyfully

What if they found a cure?
I would not worry so much

Do you think it’s possible we will learn our lessons from this struggle?


What if I walked in the woods?
I might hear the call of the jay.

What if I walked at the seashore?
I could get my feet wet.

What if I explored my yard?
I would find my own little world.

Can you find your universe?

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Okay. Here are my two. I'm in a weird mood today. It's reflected in my writing. https://murph4slaw.blogspot.com/2020/04/national-poetry-month-day-shiche.html