Thursday, April 6, 2023

Day 6 2023 - How to write a “What if . . . I might” poem

Y'all are doing great!! This is a fun one . . .

It's basically a “finish the sentence” type of poetry form.

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. 

No rhyming required unless you choose to rhyme any of the words.

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:  would_____________________________

(leave a space between lines 6 & 7)

Line #7:  Ask a question.

Here’s a wonderful example poem from a delightful participant in a poetry workshop I presented a few years ago (used with permission):

What if I kissed a big fat frog?
I might gain a rich handsome prince.

What if I took the big frog home?
I might live happily after, since

What if he did become a prince?
I might be quite famous, I ken*;

But then I’d have to consider:
I might have to kiss him again. 
  *ken: Scottish vernacular for “know”

                             © 2019 Buckshot Dot 

Here’s one I wrote years ago: 

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

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1 comment:

Connie Cockrell said...

What if I danced for joy?
I might become happy.

What if I danced with strangers?
We could all grow happier.

What if we danced every day?
We would create global happiness.

Isn’t that a wonderful goal?