Thursday, April 7, 2022

Day 7 – Grammar Poem

Well, I guess I am losing my ever-lovin' mind. Go figure. I introduced the “tricube” poems yesterday as if I have never written one and had not ever shared them for National Poetry Month ~ hmmmm. I did a little checking (not that hard; I was just too tired in the wee hours of Day 6 to do it) . . . and guess what? I have written at least FIVE of them, including the two I wrote for yesterday’s post and I have used that poetry form for the past two years. It was very kind of y’all not to call me out on it. Sigh. 

Even though I retired from teaching exactly six weeks ago today, so I could come home and regain my health (I was kind of “old” to be teaching full-time; it was pretty hard on me), I still am not 100% (and apparently, neither is the ol’ noggin). Anyway, it wasn’t a new form for the group and neither is today’s poetry form, but as a teacher, I DO LOVE this one!! It’s a GRAMMAR POEM. And I’m too tired right now to try to dream up anything new so these are examples from any of the seven previous years that I have shared this one. Cheers!!

Perhaps, tomorrow, after I have had some sleep – I’ll write a new one and share it with the FB group. Anyway – here ya’ go:


This type of poem is simple but precise as it reinforces different aspects of grammar. This grammar poetry form is five lines long. The specifics are as follows:


Line 1. Write a noun for the subject (THIS serves as your TITLE as well)

Line 2. Write two adjectives joined by and to describe this noun

Line 3. Write a verb and an adverb to describe this noun in action

Line 4. Start it with like or as followed by a comparison

Line 5. Start it with if only followed by a wish

Remember: Most adverbs tell you how, where, or when something is done and MANY (but certainly not all) adverbs end in “ly.” [quickly, carefully, early, happily, etc.] In other words, they describe the manner, place, or time of an action. In fact, here’s a link about adverbs if you are unsure. Some may surprise you:


Some of my “grammar poems” (Yeah, I AM tired - this is a picture of a sunset, not a sunrise like my poem. Goodness. Well, I like it anyway, so it stays). 


Majestic and welcoming
Rising slowly
Like a cat stretches before getting up
If only the rest of the day didn’t fly by so quickly

         © 2018 Stephanie Abney


Writer's block
Infuriating and debilitating
Slowing me down temporarily
Like grease clogging up a drain
If only I had a very large plunger!

                © 2014 Stephanie Abney


My kitty
Entertaining and curious
Laying on my keyboard lazily
Like the Queen of Sheba
If only she would nap someplace else

            © 2014 Stephanie Abney


Wonderful and delightful
Playing happily
Like puppies in the park
If only they didn’t have to grow up

         © 2018 Stephanie Abney


My Savior, Jesus Christ
Flawless and loving
Atoning selflessly
Like the perfect son of God
If only I can be found worthy

            © 2011 Stephanie Abney

So, let's see what you've got!!!

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 create them and especially once 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.


Heidi L. Murphy said...

Mine is here at last:

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Dang. I posted a misspelling and now it won't freaking let it go!!! Anywho, it's this one, not the above one: