Well hello there, dear reader!
I have a very fun blog post for you today. Assuming you read the title, you know exactly where this is going! I tried writing the SAME POEM in 3 DIFFERENT, UNIQUE STYLES!
I can’t remember how I originally got this idea, but as soon as I thought about it I knew it had to be a blog post! So here we are!
To get started, I scoured the ends of the earth (or just did a basic internet search) to find some cool picture prompts that would give me the motivation I needed to develop a poem concept!
After a time I settled on this photo:
With that in mind, I started writing poems! The first one was a simple free-verse with an alternate rhyme scheme. This happens to be the poetry form I’m most comfortable in. I can basically do whatever I want, only sticking to the rhyme scheme, and nail down the concept before moving on to the two other poetry forms! Without further ado, I give you my free-verse:
Frozen in space like the outward shell of a life.
Icicles streaming down a cliff, fixed in a never-ending stall.
The forest’s hush so heavy it could be cut with a knife,
and in the middle of it all, the iced-over winter waterfall.
The chill tendrils of winter maintain their grasp on everything,
blankets of snow and ice muffle every movement and sound.
Animals are nowhere in sight, not a tail showing or a bird to sing.
Even the flowers hide, nothing disturbs the snow on the ground.
Then a ray of golden light comes sweeping from the sky.
The clouds part, giving way to just a little sun.
Its warmth spreads across the snow, combating winter’s lie
that all should be frozen and silent, and never play and run.
The clouds part further and further, letting in more light.
Beads of water begin to form, dripping from their solid state.
A grumble from the sleeping river sounds in growing might.
Ice begins to splinter and break, like a fallen plate.
Then bursting forth in the glitter of a thousand gems
the waterfall is free to run again, shattering the ice.
It sprints down the rocks and stones, crashing against the river’s hems
and streams on and on, bubbling and laughing, free of winter’s vice.
Days of sun continue to shine, welcoming the start of spring.
A squirrel’s eyes blink from a tree, and a bear peeks from its cave’s maw.
A rose blooms scarlet above the fleeing snow, a bird lifts its beak to sing,
and the sun smiles down upon it all, the announcer of winter’s thaw.
I hope you enjoyed that!! With the main poem completed, I decided to make a couple of shorter ones–poem styles that are a little more restricted and challenging for me! The first one is a good old acrostic poem!
Waterfall frozen in a solid state
Icicles tumbling down the rocks
Nothing moves, all is still
The forest rests in hibernation
Everything hides from winter’s touch
Reaching through the clouds then,
Sunlight pours down, warming ice and snow
Teardrops of water drip from icicles
Heat gives the waterfall the chance to break free
And as the river runs again, the forest awakens from
Certainly not the best acrostic in the world, but it was so enjoyable to write!!
Finally, to wrap up the blog post, I had to write this poem in a style that we all know I love…a haiku!!
Winter’s Thaw: a haiku
Sun shines and frees the water
Begins winter’s thaw
And there we have it. One poem, one image, one concept, translated into three different poetry forms! I know this was a bit of a different blog post, but I hope you enjoyed reading it! Let me know what you think in the comments!
Thanks so much for reading. Have a beautiful day! Until later,
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