This is not the definitive answer. It is my answer. I always leave room in my responses for people to do more research on their own.
- Poems are miniature short stories. They have a beginning, middle, and ending with a single arc to the conclusion. There’s a solitary theme.
- A poem is an idea encapsulated in a few lines.
- It’s a feeling expressed in words.
- Or perhaps a setting that stimulates the imagination.
- Poems tend to give people something to relate to or think about.
- They can evoke strong emotions
- The lines are grouped in verses or stanzas.
- Often the metre creates the type of poem you’re reading.
Some poems are very short, and some go on for pages.
© Lyn E. Ayre 5Jul22
The thunder rolls mightily across the dark sky
But the rain doesn’t come everything stays dry
Lightening illuminates and I ask, ‘where’
The gods do not answer; the ground stays bare
***It may be formal with rhythm and rhyme.
In the Now
© Lyn E. Ayre 30Oct 22
tis no surprise
that one who’s wise
really knows how
to stay in the now
where life can live
and one can give
what one must do
to be elsewhere
can cause a scare
in future; past
alarm will cast
a spell on life
make full of strife
be of good cheer
and stay right here
***Or it may be loose with a more prose-like feel.
Ireland a Dream
© Lyn E. Ayre 7Apr2022
my eyes feel ravenous
as they cast about
the towering limestone
of Irish cliffs
my heart is racing
as it rolls through
the hills of an
my mind’s revived
by the thundering
down the mountain
my spirit rises
with ancient gods
who danced in rain
upon this landscape
***Songs are poems put to music. This song is called, “Hugs” and has two verses and two choruses.
© Lyn E. Ayre 30Dec21 (song)
Eighteen thousand five hundred hugs
Ain’t never gonna be enough
You came along and you changed my life
What a zinger talk about love
***Some poems are prayers.
© Lyn E. Ayre 21May22
Oh eagles cry
where spirits roam
Your message clear
into this stone
I hear your voice
will take you home
***Prose can have poetic passages and colourful phrasing.
F Words For 2021
© Lyn E. Ayre 1Jan22
At least half the words beginning with F can just eff-right-off, eh.
far away from another human
furious fans for the heatwave/heat-dome
finding hundreds of dead children forgotten in the fields
and it goes on from here…
***One may use free verse—which follows the form of natural conversation neither rhyming nor having a rhythm (like F words).
***Or blank verse—not rhyming, but definitely has a rhythm and syllabic stresses.
Turned to Home
© Lyn E. Ayre 23Dec21
to sit on
it goes on from here…
***Or formal verse, which incorporates rhythm and rhyme.
© Lyn E. Ayre 21May21
I’m not a ballerina
trapped in a music box
spinning always spinning
ever searching for the locks
I’m free to make another choice
to make my dreams come true
and sing and play and dance away
the night only with you
there’s more to this poem…
***You might be reading a Haiku in which the first and last lines have five syllables and the middle line has seven.
© Lyn E. Ayre 23May99
she is born in love
looks at her gramma and smiles
blue eyes cast their spell
***Poems often include poetic devices such as metaphors, symbols, lessons, and alliteration.
The topics for poems are as endless as there are things, scenes, weather, emotions, settings, and people on Earth.
This is only a tiny bit about poems and poetry. There are many free and really good courses that people can take if they want to learn more. There are hundreds of poetry books online on Amazon, which offer a free look inside the book to see if you might like it.
© 2023 Lyn E. Ayre
The example poems above have come from three of my books of poetry:
“Waking Up to the Life Left in Me” 2022
“rhythm & rhyming spirit” 2023
“This Glorious Life” coming in 2024