Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series.

Here is the format of such a poem:

A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe 1 topic or 2 opposite topics.

  • Line 1: 1 word (subject/noun)
  • Line 2: 2 adjectives that describe line 1
  • Line 3: 3 -ing words that relate to line 1
  • Line 4: 4 nouns (first 2 relate to line 1, last 2 relate to line 7–if you’re writing about opposite topics)
  • Line 5: 3 -ing words that relate to line 7
  • Line 6: 2 adjectives that describe line 7
  • Line 7: 1 word (subject/noun)

I then started reading the comments, and one of them from Beth at the wonderful website I Didn’t Have My Glasses On, really left an impression:

I love this one, and had my kinder create one in this style years ago. turned out very well.

As soon as I saw that, I thought game on. If a kinder can create such a poem, so can I. It certainly wouldn’t be as good, but that’s in keeping with the overall theme of my website anyway.

So here we go:

Warm, Awesome
Swimming, Relaxing, Enjoying
Freedom, Sunshine, Prisoner, Darkness
Freezing, Whining, Waiting
Cold, Yucky

And there you have it, my first diamante. So easy, even a 63-year-old accounting teacher can do it…

Thanks to Brad and Beth for the motivation…

43 thoughts on “Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

  1. You produced a wonderful diamante poem, but sorry I must give the nod in creativity to the kindergarten kid. Any five year old who can count and come up with nouns, adjectives, and ing words gets my vote.

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    1. yes, that sounds like an impressive feat to me as well. But I was kind of proud that I also could come up with nouns, adjectives, and ing words


    1. for sure, and that’s probably why it’s a one and done attempt. I don’t want to experience the sophomore slump… (or perhaps in this case, the first-grader’s slump).


  2. A perfect example of the Diamante form and beautifully written. Thank you for the shout out. I love this form for the simplicity of the concept (somebody help Tippy figure it out) and especially when it moves between polar opposites. This is the second poem you have created, as I believe we have a haiku somewhere in your archives too. Well done, Professor Q!

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    1. quite true, Robbie. We are no match for the young when it comes to creativity. But I don’t think many kindergarten students could come up with your fondant art creations!

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  3. i think you’d fit right in, jim! the kinder would welcome you with open arms and support your efforts. like brad said, we appreciate the shout out!

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      1. You would help them keep stats on who got the most snacks, had the most markets, most time on the swings, etc. – there’s an important role for everyone

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  4. You know we had fourth graders write that kind of poem, too, Jim. This would be a good post to link to my Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays this week about summer – you even have the requisite quote. πŸ™‚ Love the diamante. πŸ™‚

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    1. it seemslike it must be a ncie way to introcuce students to poetry. and thanks for the suggestion; but I have trouble keeping track of my own posts and what day of the week it is πŸ™‚

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