Saturday, April 8, 2023

Day 8 2023 ~ How to write a Senses Poem for “30 poems in 30 days” for #NationalPoetryMonth


Well, now that it’s finally starting to feel like spring, this is a good time to write a poem according to our “senses.” Enjoy!

You can have lots of fun with this poem and its variations. There is no need to worry about rhyming or counting syllables, although it does have other requirements (basically just to “fill in the blanks”) and it can be pulled together in several ways – try each of them, if you wish, or just choose one way to share your poem.

So first, everyone is familiar with the “FIVE SENSES” ~ sight, smell, hear, touch, and taste. 

But many have argued that there are SIX SENSES if you consider your mind ("I think") as one of the senses. 

Hence, we are writing a FIVE SENSES and/or SIX SENSES POEM today!! Cheers!!

Chose a topic and describe it using each of your six senses, one per line/

Here is a SIX SENSES format to follow, BUT feel free to rearrange the order the various senses you use to describe your object/topic.


1.    I see ____________________________

2.    I smell ___________________________

3.    I hear ___________________________

4.    I feel (as in touch) __________________

5.    I taste ____________________________

6.    I think ____________________________


Now, if you want to concentrate on the FIVE SENSES – you can change “I see” to "It looks like," etc.

It looks like (instead of I see) _________________

2.    It smells like _______________________________

3.    It sounds like (instead of I hear) _______________

4.    It feels like _________________________________

5.    It tastes like ________________________________


*Artwork by Stephanie Abney © (Yeah, I know - there's not a poem about a bunny, but I love this one I did, and with spring and all, I wanted to share it, so . . . )

So, you CAN just leave it like it is once you fill in the blanks (in any order using either five or six senses) and remove the numbers; you don’t need those. That will give you a great poem by just doing that.

OR you can remove most of the PRONOUNS, VERBS, and ARTICLES and get a new effect.

Think of a place that is special. Form an image in your mind of this place. Then complete the following statements.

Here’s my example, taken step-by-step. 

(I grew up in southern California and would go to the beach every chance I got)  . . .


First – fill in the blanks: 

1.       I see ______________   the breaking waves

2.       I smell _____________  the seaweed-tinged air

3.       I hear ______________  the seagulls squawking overhead

4.       I feel (as in touch) ____  the wet sand squishing between my toes

5.       I taste ______________  the salty ocean water

6.       I think ______________  I’m back in my childhood heaven


OK, so, if I remove the line numbers and get rid of the lines it turns out like this:

I see the breaking waves
I smell the seaweed-tinged air
I hear the seagulls squawking overhead
I feel the wet sand squishing between my toes
I taste the salty ocean water
I think I’m back in my childhood heaven

                         © 2017 Stephanie Abney


And that makes a nice poem BUT, if I remove most of the pronouns, verbs, and articles, then I get this one; also a very nice poem:


breaking waves
seaweed-tinged air
seagulls squawking overhead
 wet sand squishing between my toes
salty ocean water
my childhood heaven


                                           © 2017 Stephanie Abney

And that makes a new version of the same poem and it’s pretty cool as well. 

OR you can use the other format with FIVE senses and follow the same steps; fill in the blanks, then take away the numbers and even remove the pronouns, select verbs and articles and see what you get:


  It looks like (instead of I see) _________________

2.    It smells like _______________________________

3.    It sounds like (instead of I hear) _______________

4.    It feels like _________________________________

5.    It tastes like ________________________________


So, there are a few different ways to approach this type of poem. Enjoy!!

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1 comment:

Connie Cockrell said...

I see the trees tower above me
I smell I smell the loamy soil, filled with the memory of last year’s leaves
I hear the squirrels chatter their alarm that I walk beneath them
I feel the cool of the shade
I taste the air filled with the scent of plants, berries and flowers
I think there is nothing better than a walk through the woods.