FORMULA POETRY: FIVE SENSES
Choose an abstraction – Like an emotion (love, hate, jealousy), a quality (honesty, generosity,
integrity), or a term (war, science, algebra) to write about. Now apply the formula given below to
create a poem that will make your abstraction tangible.
LINE 1: Name the abstraction, and tell what color it is.
LINE 2: What does it sound like?
LINE 3: What does it taste like?
LINE 4: What does it smell like?
LINE 5: What does it look like?
LINE 6: How does it make you feel?
Problems are midnight black.
They sound like children crying.
They taste like castor oil.
They smell like moldy cheese.
They look like bricks in a wall.
They make me feel hopeless and alone.
Dreams are rainbow colorful.
They echo like an empty orchestra hall.
They taste like cotton candy and taffy apples.
They smell like line-dried pillowcases.
They look like big, billowy clouds.
They make me feel beautiful and free.
Love is powder blue and bubblegum pink.
It sounds like ticklish giggles.
It tastes like vanilla custard and pureed bananas.
It smells like bubble bath and baby powder.
It looks like an angel sleeping.
It makes me feel warm and snuggly.
SILLINESS/GOOFINESS (or something…)