Monday, April 5, 2021

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


Wow!! The poems written for Easter Sunday were beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents. (For those reading this blog and thinking the few shared in the comments are the only ones – we have a private FB group where so many wonderful poems are shared each day – BUT, you must contact me and ask to join it). Thanks.

So, for Day 5 why don’t we tackle a handy little poem that can be surprisingly delightful? It’s called the 5 W’s Poem.

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

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 some quick examples I came up with a number of years ago and a couple from others (shared with permission). Cheers!!


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

           © 2014 Stephanie Abney


The fat green frog
lunged deep
into the smooth blue pond
during the silence of the morning
to avoid the probing beak of the hungry Blue Heron

           © 2018 Deborah Royal

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

           © 2014 Stephanie Abney


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

           © 2014 Stephanie Abney

My children
Laughing, wrestling, creating
Tumble through the living room
Every day after school
Because they feel safe and loved

                   © 2017 Kaci Carlson




PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!


Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.



Unknown said...

Day 5-5 Ws Poem

Our parents
Did their best as they raised us
In our childhood homes
When we were young
Because they loved us.


The Toad
Eating bugs with a quick flick of his tongue
In my back yard
In the sunny afternoon
To keep nature in balance as he eats his lunch

Donna Dustin said...

Donna Dustin said:

5 'W' Poems

Grandkid's sports

May include: Soccer, hockey, wrestling, football, volleyball, and gymnastics.

Happens: On a pitch, at the ice rink, on a mat, on a field, on a court or in a gymnasium

It can be: Under the lights, before first light, during school, Friday nights, Saturday mornings or after school.

Done for pure joy or dreams of future glory.

Heidi L. Murphy said...

This is mine:

Marsha Ward said...

5 "Ws" Poem

My man, my lover, my all
Has gone, has left me behind.
From earth to the heavens he went
One score and three years past
From cancer's insidious hold.