Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Day 21 ~ “American 767 Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” for #NationalPoetryMonth


Today we are going to learn how to write a poetry form that is a little SURPRIZING in that it MUST have the name of a bug IN THE POEM ~ Yep!! Weird, right? It’s an “invented poetry form” but then, I guess, at one point or another, they are all invented so we’ll say this one is somewhat recent. It was difficult to find out very much about it but here’s what I have uncovered:

“American 767” is a three-lined poetic form invented by Dennis L. Dean. It’s another one where each line has a specific number of syllables with one other weird requirement (with “requirement” being the operative word) . . . the poem must have the name of a BUG (of the insect kingdom) in it. LOL. Yeah, that’s it – from the samples I found looks like you can have a title OR not, no specific punctuation rules, no rhyming required (but it doesn’t seem to indicate that you can’t rhyme, so . . .) and I saw some examples that included several 3 line verses of this variety to create one poem. So, have fun. This is one style of poem that kids will probably enjoy. Cheers!!

Basic guidelines for the American 767 poetry form are:

1.   Three lines, each with a required syllable count (7, 6, 7).

2.   Line one: 7 syllables – Line two: 6 syllables – Line three: 7syllables.

3.   Rhyming is not required (but it’s probably fine if you choose to rhyme).

4.   The poem MUST contain the name of a BUG in it!!


Here are a couple of examples I wrote a few years ago. Can’t wait to see what people come up with!! Fun, fun, fun!! So . . .  what’s bugging you?


Do you really bring good luck?

Ladybug, Ladybug

Come land on me, if you please

© 2018 Stephanie Abney


Look, “Buggy, buggy,” she cried!

“Black bug’s tummy is red.”

Dad sends it to bug heaven.

© 2018 Stephanie Abney


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Unknown said...

Day 21-American 767

I really don’t like spiders
They’re creepy and crawly
Unless they’re in a book...EEK!!

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's my creepy crawly poem: