30 Days of Wild: Idea 10-Write a wild poem

Writing a wild poem doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer there are simple enough forms for everyone.

Acrostic poems are a simple choice. You choose a word and write one word or sentence beginning with each letter in the word. For example wild:





The lost words by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane has great examples.  The John Muir trust put together a great guide on using this book in the classroom.

Haiku are another easy option. I’ve recently had one featured in the Wildlife Trusts 365 days wild book.

Haikus follow a set format. Three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second seven, then the third five syllables. Traditional zen thought is that the poem should form naturally. They shouldn’t be forced just what comes to mind. They shouldn’t have lots of time put it into them. They are capturing a quick moment and then moving on.

Gracefully flying

Flitting flower to flower

Never staying still

Please share if you give a poem a try. I’d love to read.

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