Thursday, April 8, 2021

Day 8 ~ “Octopoem” for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 Poems in 30 Days”

Welcome to Day 8 of our annual poetry challenge: 30 poems in 30 days!! I have a really hard time NOT using this poem for Day 8 simply because it’s perfect for Day 8: this fun little poem that has 8 lines. It’s called an “Octopoem.” It’s really easy to write:

Pick a topic of your choice and describe it in EIGHT lines. Each line can be as long as you choose and does not need to rhyme or anything of that nature.

HOWEVER, the only thing you DO need to follow is the order of the descriptions you use for each of the 8 lines about your poem.

An octopoem has 8 lines describing the topic (or pet or person, whatever):

line 1: color
line 2: season
line 3: place
line 4: weather
line 5: clothing
line 6: furniture
line 7: TV show
line 8: food

Here are a couple of examples I have written in the past ~

He’s just a good ol’ boy ~ my Jim

His eyes are blue and they twinkle.
Any season that is warm makes him happy.
He loves to be anywhere that his family is nearby.
He’s an Arizona boy because he likes it hot.
He’s not a fussy dresser – in fact, I struggle to get him to buy new clothes.
Our rocking chair is his favorite place to sit, but lying on the couch is a close second.
Any TV show is fine, because he’s going to be asleep soon anyway!
He’s not a food snob. The man will eat almost anything I offer.


© 2018 Stephanie Abney

My Grandson, My Friend

His favorite color is green.
He is a breath of fresh Spring air.
He loves to be wherever I am.
We love to play in the rain.
If it's green, it's clean and ready to wear.
When I can't find him he's usually hiding behind a chair.
If “Wild Kratts” is on, we are good to go.
He likes to eat everything as long as it is a peanut butter sandwich.

© 2015 Stephanie Abney


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Unknown said...

Day 8-Octopoem

Her favorite color was the blue of Little Mermaid’s tail
The seasons never really mattered to her, just being warm
Home was her favorite place to be, everything she loved was there
She didn’t like the cold, it hurt her hands
She preferred wearing stretchy pants and Ariel shirts
She loved cuddling with her Daddy on the couch
Her favorite TV show was Full House and Mary-Kate and Ashley videos
She loved McDonald’s burger and knew the Golden Arches!

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's my poem:
Have a lovely day!

Connie Cockrell said...


The season of golden grass,
Summer is here.
The mountains and the forests turn dry.
The heat is searing.
Long sleeves and hats help protect us
Patio lounge chairs are de rigueur.
Few TV shows are new in the summer.
More time on the patio, grilling burgers.