Sunday, March 19, 2017

SOLSC Day 19 - Diamante Poem - School/Break

Slice of Life Story Challenge --
Day 19  #SOL17 --
Diamante Poem: School/Break


Various forms of poetry have been getting my attention lately, and I've been having fun exploring them. Some of them are familiar friends to me -- the classic Haiku, for instance, with its reliable formula of counting syllables. Some of the poems which I've encountered lately are more recently invented forms that I had never heard of until a few days ago: Found Poems and Phone Number Poems, for example.

Yesterday, I read a Diamante poem posted by a slicer on the Two Writing teachers Slice of Life challenge. The Diamante is an old classic which also follows a formula, but it had been a while since I had encountered that type of poem, so I decided to refresh my memory about it. I read about the format it is supposed to have, and I looked at quite a few examples, and then I decided that I would try it.

So, here I go, continuing my new fascination with poetry, by trying out a diamante poem:

jam-packed, noisy
working, exploring, reading
books, clock-watching, relaxation, books
reading, playing, sleeping
quiet, glorious

Obviously, I have Spring Break on my mind. And why shouldn't I? I am on my wonderful, relaxing, lovely, peaceful, highly anticipated, long-awaited Spring Break right now.


JudyK   March 19, 2017

This is the format for a diamante poem:


  1. We have a week to go before Spring Break. I will be making the same transition you make in your poem.

    1. Something to look forward to, right Adrienne? It's wonderful. :-) ~JudyK

  2. I have no break until April 12th! Your poem has me longing for a few days off.

  3. Love this. Love the finality: Break! Hope you enjoy your spring break!

  4. Love this! Have you tried the Diamante app (also available as an online tool) from ( They have some neat poetry interactive activities available.

  5. Love these! This one is clearly an homage to break! Hope it's a wonderful one.

  6. Mine is a week away. Can't wait!

    I really like how "books" are part of both school and break. Well done. Also, I'm looking at that read/write/think link above and pondering how to use poetry as a reading response option for my reading classes.

  7. I can relate to your poem as we are on break too! And I also had forgotten this format & will need to explore it a bit. Thank you!

  8. Ahhh..break! We are in sunny Florida enjoying some sunshine and down time. We introduced the girls to the ocean today. There is nothing like a little break to give us some respite and then refueling us for the rest of the year. Enjoy your break Judy!

  9. My break begins on Saturday and I'm going to see my daughter and a few of my grandchildren. books, quiet, glorious - I can just feel the stress falling off you through this post.


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