List Poems!

I made a recent discovery! List Poems! Let’s talk about them!

Where the Sidewalk ends, 1974
Where the Sidewalk ends, 1974

Bandaids by Shel Silverstein

I have a Band-Aid on my finger,
One on my knee, and one on my nose,
One on my heel, and two on my shoulder,
Three on my elbow, and nine on my toes.
Two on my wrist, and one on my ankle,
One on my chin, and one on my thigh,
Four on my belly, and five on my bottom,
One on my forehead, and one on my eye.
One on my neck, and in case I might need em
I have a box of thirty-five more.
But oh! I do think it’s sort of a pity
I don’t have a cut or a sore!

What are they and how do you write them?

Unfortunately I could not find a reliable definition of a list poem to provide for you lovely people. However, there are examples all over the internet! It seems like this type of poem has pretty lenient rules. From what I’ve gleaned a List poem is a list of words that usually follow one theme. Most start off with a sentence in which the endings can be replaced.
For example, something like “I am happy when….” and whatever list you come up with would end the sentence making that a list poem. In my search I found a really cool website that helps you write a List Poem! I highly recommend you check it out, I sort of followed the rules. I didn’t use one or two slots for a list just to be defiant, but I think it still turned out okay!

What impact does this format make?

I think that depending on what you write about you can make a real impact. Poetry can say so much with so little which is perhaps the most beautiful thing about it. From what I gathered, these are the kinds of poems teachers use for elementary school kids but there’s not much information about it overall.
It can be pretty simple but I think the simplicity of it is what makes people immediately think of kids writing them. It is easy enough for anyone to write one, however, what is simple and easy is not the list it’s the context.

Here’s my example of a list poem from the website (mentioned above):

“What’s in the ground you walk on?
The memories you thought you could walk away from
The lightheartedness I swore you had
The blank stare you gave me last night
All the cracks of my heart,
I’m still here you know
The price you paid to leave me
The price I paid to stay
My cracked heart after you left”

I hope you guys enjoyed this topic as much as I did! Everyone add it to their to-do list, to write a List Poem this week!!!

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