One type of formula poem I wanted to try was the 5 Ws:
line 1: who or what is the poem about?
line 2: what is happening?
line 3: when is this taking place?
line 4: where is it taking place?
line 5: why is it happening?
I decided to write several different formula poems and ended up combining them into one poem.
Someone Else's Day
A new, swaddled baby
Three hours before the sun will rise
In his cradle in the dark nursery
Because he wants his mother's warm embrace.
Yells out a prayer as he tries to lower the plane
At 7:07 a.m.
Over the sharp, rocky mountains
As the smoke engulfs the wings.
A group of children shriek
As they run into the road collecting candy
During the noisy parade
In their small town
For Independence Day.
A girl with over-sized pink sunglasses
Grabs her younger brother's hand
Before their shovel-and-pail sandcastle is finished
Running up the beach
Because the tide is rushing in.
A tired firefighter
Wipes his ashen brow
While massive flames engulf
An old brick building on Main
That's taken hours to control.
Just before midnight
Under the starry sky
Putting me to sleep.