The "If-You-Were" Poem®
The Perfect Poem for Valentine's Day!
Here's a fun verse form that everyone can write!
I created this simple 4-line format many years ago
to help introduce students and teachers to metaphor.
It's exciting to see how quickly it catches on!
Think of a person you like.
Compare that person to some thing (inanimate object).
Now compare yourself to some thing associated with the first object.
If you were a shining star
And I were your midnight,
I’d let you shine above me,
You’d be my only light.
If you were a brand-new kite
And I were a ball of string,
I'd hold on tight with all my might
So we could fly all spring!
If you were a grand piano
And I were a sweet love song,
I’d let your keys tickle and tease
My melody all day long.
If you were the pages of my book
And I were reading you,
I’d read as slow as I could go
So I never would get through.
Here's one that rearranges the "You" and "I"
If I were a lonely lighthouse
And you were a ship at sea,
I'd shine my light all through the night
Till you returned to me.
Now you try it!
©2010 Charles Ghigna