How to Write a Poem

File:Columbian exposition quarter dollar commemorative obverse.jpg

You are here. It’s raining outside, the family is about its business–you have a few moments at the screen. You know you haven’t been writing the way you promised yourself you would. So

you start with line breaks. Problematic

things, forcing you to look at each,

wonder about effect, even count.


count, you know, that thing you never do;

and to stanza or not to stanza, whether it’s better…

or whatever he said. Now what?


ah, the secret weapon, tiresome:

research. how odd, it ends up

like visiting best friends


you were here, remember, old buddy?

that boyhood day, at play on the field, muddy,

bruised and happy. Delighted and just cruddy


and now in print. but who needs a period?

the subject is melting, the word amazing our minds

dissolving into thought and escapades


Like Isabella, that master of necessity.

Didn’t I tell ya? Unfading and edible:

voices and Voice–fun, indelible.


© Copyright 2013, The Rag Tree.

Photo: Columbian Exposition Quarter Dollar; U.S. Mint (1893). WikiCmns; Public Domain. Author: Bobby131313.


  1. June 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Lovely segue from prose to stanza. A reminder to all us wannabe poets to just go on and do it.

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