Short poems can convey intimate moments with simple, specific, compelling words. They carry growing momentum from start to finish. A short poem differs from a long one in that poets may spend more time on word choice and clarity. Given this meticulous undertaking, writing a short poem can be tougher than writing a long poem! Check out these poems for examples and get started.
- Get inspired. Carry the inspiration until something sparks. This inspiration can be a line, or just a word. Remember this is a short poem; you can begin small.
- Just say it. Challenge yourself to tell a story or describe a moment in, say, no more than five lines. Don't second-guess yourself — go for it!
- Select your words. Choose and explore the right words: don't be afraid to turn to a rhyming dictionary or a thesaurus. But remember: a shorter poem may mean less breathing room for your fanciest vocabulary words.
- Read. Recite your poem aloud until it sounds like how you think it should.
- Style. Use poetic devices to enhance your poem’s meaning. Short poems can be great ways to showcase extended metaphors. Then again, something brief and straightforward can have a lot of impact too!
- Get some space. Take a break before editing. You'll want a fresh start when you look at your writing with a critical eye.
- Share. Share on Power Poetry or with your family/friends. Ask for opinions and suggestions.