Short Christmas poems are often used in greeting cards. They can be rhyming or non-rhyming and can range from a few lines to several lines. The poems can talk about anything from love, romance and friendship to the holidays and holiday happenings.
Writing Your Own Poems
If you want to write a structured, short Christmas poem, lay out the structure first. For example, if you want to write a Haiku poem, outline three lines with the first line having five syllables, seven for the second line and five for the third line. If you like the Haiku format, but want a longer poem, keep the Haiku format of 5-7-5, but make each paragraph follow the format.
You may find it easier to write down your thoughts first, then put the thoughts into a format. One easy way to come up with ideas is to start by listing words and phrases that come to mind when you think of Christmas, then fit them into your verse. You may start out with the idea of writing Haiku, but find that your prose works better as a limerick or a short free-form verse.
Many short Christmas poems are free form. Free-form poetry does not follow any rules, other than your own self-imposed rules. The lines can be as long or as short as you want and can have as many syllables as you like. The poem may be a couple of lines, or it may be more than a page in length. Watch out if things start getting too lengthy; remember that you'll need to fit all of those words into the meager space offered on a Christmas card.
An example of a Christmas poem is Robert Frost's "Christmas Trees." This is only a portion of the poem; this particular poem, while considered a short poem, has quite a few paragraphs of several lines. Consider this, and other Christmas quotes found in books and greeting cards, when you're looking for ideas for your own verses.
The city had withdrawn into itself
And left at last the country to the country;
When between whirls of snow not come to lie
And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove
A stranger to our yard, who looked the city,
Yet did in country fashion in that there
He sat and waited till he drew us out
A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.
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