Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Day 2 2024 ~ How to write a “Lantern Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth ~"30 poems in 30 days"

Well, shoot! Talk about poor timing! I’m super sick – just came on yesterday – so please forgive me if I do some copying and pasting from previous year’s posts – we repeat a number of the formats each year anyway since you always have something new to say. But I won’t be adding new ones of my own for a while. Darn. But for Day 2 – here ya’ go:

There are so many lovely little Japanese poetry forms out there and most are quick and fun to do. Just like this one. It’s called a "Lantern Poem."

A lantern poem is a five-line poem in the shape of a Japanese lantern. Please note that each line is specific in what the word(s) should be describing and then also note the number of syllables per line. These poems Do NOT have titles – the first line is basically the title.

The Pattern is:

Line 1noun (one syllable)

Line 2describe the noun (two syllables)

Line 3describe the noun (three syllables)

Line 4describe the noun (four syllables)

Line 5synonym for noun in line one (one syllable)


If you are looking for some inspiration, April 2nd is: *International Children's Book Day,” *National Ferret Day,” *National Love Your Produce Manager Day,” *National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day,” *Reconciliation Day,” and "World Autism Day.”


For what it’s worth, here are a couple of my Lantern poems:


Written during the pandemic:       




    Every day

‘Til further notice


                        © 2020 Stephanie Abney





Together always


                        © 2020 Stephanie Abney




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 or elsewhere on social media ~ 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 EACH DAY’S SPECIFIC 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. 

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