This year, if you're having trouble getting inspired by the birthday card verses on the store shelves, why not write a poem to express your birthday wishes and sentiments for the special birthday boy or girl in your life?
If you're not sure where to start, here are a few pointers to stir up some happy birthday wishes.
Begin by evaluating your subject, choosing a poetry style that's in synch with their personality. For example, if the recipient has a wonderful sense of humor, funny poems, such as offbeat haikus or limericks, are sure to be appreciated.
Next, find your spark. Identify what special traits, experiences, or memories will serve as your inspiration. To keep it simple, focus on one or two key points. Some examples include:
Now you're ready to put your thoughts into words. To rhyme, or not to rhyme? Rhyme is a great tool for adding suspense, and for making a poem more cohesive. It's best to sprinkle rhymes throughout your poem, being careful not to overdo it. To help get your creative juices flowing, try making a list of rhyming words before you begin. You can also consult a rhyming dictionary or utilize an online resource, such as rhymezone.com. If rhyming isn't your style, opt for other poetic devices, such as repetition, meter, or metaphor, to bring your words to life.
Don't be afraid to ask for opinions. Critiquing your own work is a difficult task, so it's often helpful to have a friend review your poem. Although you may not agree with all of their suggestions, you just may receive some valuable insights.
Whether it's humorous, sentimental, or commemorative, a birthday poem is a labor of love that's sure to be treasured by the recipient. This year, take a break from Hallmark and embrace your creative side - or flex your funny bone - as you compose the perfect expression of appreciation and happy birthday wishes for the special person in your life.