How to write a poem for a friend

How to write a poem for a friend

Homemade gifts always make you feel extra special because someone has put time and effort into personalizing a present just for you. Have you ever thought about giving a poem as a gift?

Whether you write the poem yourself, or choose a famous poem, a poem is a gift that will show your love for your family and friends. Here are some ways that you could give a poem as a gift:

An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word vertically. They are very easy to write and make a wonderful gift, especially if you decorate them really nicely. Here is some more information about acrostic poems, and an example of an acrostic poem that was written as a gift for a girl named Jessica.

An Ode is a poem written in tribute to someone or something. Writing an Ode dedicated to someone that you love is a beautiful gift.

You could write an Ode to your little brother and title it To my brother, on your birthday or you could write an Ode to a friend, like An Ode to Samantha. Fill the Ode with descriptions of the things you love about the person you are writing it for, and finish it with a comment about how they make you feel.

A sonnet is a 14 line poem with a special rhyming scheme. Shakespearean sonnets are particularly well-known as romantic poems.

What if you can’t write a poem?
Even if you don’t want to write a poem, poetry can be a wonderful gift. Make a visual representation of your loved one’s favorite poem and give it to them to hang in their home. Or find a famous poem that shows how much you care for someone and perform it from memory for them.

How to write a poem for a friend

Life and motherhood are tough; we recommend making some friends. What is the recipe for a friendship?

Here’s some lovely inspirational poems for mothers about the value of friendship, which will require that you make a little time for each other, and handle lumps and flaws as gently as possible!

Recipe for a Friendship

Ingredients

  • 1 cup loyalty
  • 2 cups kindness
  • 3 teaspoons forgiveness
  • 5 tablespoons thyme for each other
  • 4 gallons honesty
  • 1 cup faith

Procedure

  1. Combine all ingredients with love and affection, and mix carefully.
  2. Stir well, and should you notice any lumps or flaws, handle gently and overlook as often as possible.
  3. Sweeten generously with a firm belief in each other and keep warm with a caring heart, and watchful eye.
  4. Never serve hot or cold, just room temperature.
  5. Let stand for a lifetime of special memories.

How to write a poem for a friend

Click here to download a pdf printable of Friendship Poem Printable.

Inspirational Poems to Share With Friends

Need a little inspiration for that perfect saying to add on a friend’s birthday card? Want to share a little love with a fellow mom? Here are some ideas for inspirational sayings about friendship.

The ABCs of Friendship Poem

Old Friends

The fabric of friendship on which we’ve sewn,
A special bond between us has grown,
A loyalty that only we hold,
Inseparable as friends as we grow old.

For My Friends

I am thankful, really thankful,
For all my friends, you see.
My friends are understanding,
They’re always there for me.
They sometimes appear in numbers
And unite when I’m in need.
Yes, I am really thankful
To have these friends, indeed!

A Friend on Call

When something’s wrong or something’s right,
You’re the one I call.
I might feel discombobulated,
Or nothing’s wrong at all.
You’re always there to listen
When I am out of whack.
I’m lucky to have a friend like you…
Who always calls me back!

Inspirational Quotes and Sayings About Friendship

Salt you food with humor,
Pepper it with wit,
And sprinkle over it
The charm of fellowship.

“The woman who treasures her friends is usually solid sold herself.”
-Marjorie Holmes

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.”
-Walter Winchell

Three lovely things life gives to me;
Whatever else fate sends,
My heart is filled with gratitude
For trees, and books, and friends.
-Robert McConn

“Helping someone else is the secret of happiness.”
-Booker T. Washington

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson

Writers can be solitary people. Our work requires long periods of being alone with no one to keep us company but the characters. However, I’m starting to see a community form through the Write Practice. People are commenting on each other’s practices. They’re chatting with one another in the comments. This is what keeps me motivated to write posts every day. I love it.

How to write a poem for a friend

Photo by Christian Sholz

Writers read their friend’s work and give feedback. It’s what we do. CS Lewis read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings before it was finished. Lord Byron and PB Shelley read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its infancy. This is what a writing community does.

Which is why I’m so excited to introduce a poem by my blogging friend from Chicago, Bethany Suckrow.

Bethany is a freelance writer, and authors up a warm, inviting blog called She Writes and Rights which you will have to visit afterward. Today, Bethany and I are swapping poems for critique.

Yesterday, I posted a poem on her site for feedback. Today, she’s posting her poem on the Write Practice.

How to Critique a Poem

Our job is to help Bethany make a finished poem by telling her what it’s like to read her poem from your perspective. We can get so close to our work that we don’t see how our writing affects our reader. In other words, our job is to help Bethany see what her poem really is, not what she wants it to be.

As you read, pay attention to three things,

1. What works.

What turn of phrase makes you say, “Mmm… that’s good”? What imagery do you find vivid and interesting? What emotion does Bethany capture superbly? What does it remind you of in your own experience?

2. What doesn’t work.

What is confusing about the poem? Where do you have a hard time following her? Where do you get bored reading? And why? Where is the writing weak?

3. The center of the poem.

What is the poem about? The best poems are about one thing. They have a center. What is this poem’s center?

Think about those three things as you read Bethany’s poem:

The Journey

I’m looking for big and small graces,
Changes in generational habits – inherited fear,
Moments of gratitude, of forgiveness,
A setting aside of resentment,
A way to draw near.
We need no pity, only grace,
to say,
whatever we thought mattered-
it doesn’t after all these years.

I want to move forward,
but I need a bridge.
If it’s not there waiting,
We’ll build one
out of found materials,
things we didn’t know we had until we started looking,
uncovered truths about who we are
together,
and for each other.

We’ll meet in the middle,
brave the current,
shed the baggage and rags.
At it’s end, we’ll light the fire
for warming hands,
share a meal,
make ourselves whole again,

look up at the canopy of stars:

God, we exist in a world you’ve given us.
Why did we think we had no meaning?
In each branch and pathway leading,
You met and mended us,
brought us here.

Bethany is a staff writer and freelancer by day, blogger and artist by night. She authors the blog She Writes and Rights, where she shares both prose and poetry related to life, faith, relationships, storytelling and creativity. She has just begun her first foray into selling her artwork through an Etsy shop, The Ripe Word. She and her musician husband Matt live in the Chicago suburbs.

How to write a poem for a friend

“I believe there are no random meetings in our lives—that everyone we touch, who touches us, has been put in our path for a reason. The briefest encounter can open a door, or heal a wound, or close a circle that was started long before your birth.” — Susanna Kearsley, Every Secret Thing

This is why I love my best friend: She’s the kind of person who walks into the room and says, “Here we are!”

I know how blessed I am to have this kind of a friend, one who hears and sees; not everyone has that. Best friendship is a blessing. I do think, though, that no matter how old we get, there’s always room for that kind of real connection.

Beautiful people don’t just exist—they are everywhere. You never know when you’ll run into someone who makes you remember what love really means.

If every relationship was first grounded in friendship, the world would be a brighter place.

In honor of the girl who has heard and seen me through the hardest, darkest moments of my life, who’s helped me become a friend to myself, this poem. A “thank you.” An “I love you.”

And if you want to celebrate your person with poetry, go visit my shop for prints of handwritten poems and other words of hope and heart. Your BFF will love it.

How to write a poem for a friend

Writing about family members seems to come naturally, but many family history and memory writers struggle with how to write about a friend.

Before we look at the how, let’s look at why it’s more than appropriate to write about a friend in your memory stories Don’t worry, you’ll see that the why and the how are related.

Why you should write about a friend

Family members are not the only ones who play a starring role in memories. There are times—when family is far away, when the nest is empty, or when family is gone—that good friends fill the gaps.

We all know that friends can become as close as family members. Many of us have friends that have stood by us throughout the years, sharing good times, bringing meals, and mopping up tears in times of sorrow. They are fixtures in our lives. Many are responsible for our emotional and spiritual well-being.

My grandmother wrote a loving poem in honor of her friend Ellen, which she called “Ellen of Virginia.” Much of her poem had to do with how heartbreaking it would be if her friend Ellen ever left Virginia.

For my mother, also named Ellen, this was a very moving piece. She had always harbored doubts about leaving her home state of Virginia and living so far from her parents. My mom was gratified to know that when she wasn’t able to be with her mother, a dear friend was.

Writing About a Friend Tells about You

When you write about a friend and your feeling for that person, it gives loved ones insight into your development, regardless of whether it was a childhood or adult friendship. You don’t need to write about every friend you have, but consider writing about those friendship experiences that have helped mold you.

How to write a poem for a friend

Beth, in the center of the photo above, isn’t my biological sister, but note that we had matching night-gowns. As my sister’s best friend, she was like a second older sister to me.

Write about a Friend to Deepen Connections

Another reason to write about a friend: Our loved ones tend to love the people who we love. They can develop an affection for a near stranger, based only on that person’s relationship to you.

For example, my mother had a friend named Nancy Green. I’ve never met Nancy, but I have a deep fondness for her. This grows not only out of the fact that they shared a childhood, but also from their shared passion for art and the fact that they managed to stay close for five decades.

Likewise, I have strong connections to some of the youth for whom my mother advocated as a child protection worker. I never knew their names, but, because my mom cared so deeply about them, I think about them from time to time and pray that they have found their paths to happiness.

Not a Competition

Before you start deliberating about which friend is “best,” realize that this is not a competition or ranking. It’s simply your feelings about someone and they role they play or have played in your life. You can write about one special friendship or many. You can also write about the people that helped you through a particular circumstance or transition.

For instance, college friends occupy a different space in your heart than the people that helped you settle in a new place, raised kids with yours, or your office mate. Depending on the story you’re telling, different characters will play a pivotal role.

How to Write About a Friend

Try writing down your memories of and reflections on a dear friend.
Include

• Physical attributes
• Personality attributes
• How you met
• Bonds that you shared
• Why you treasure your friend

It can rhyme, be in simple prose, or an essay. The point is to convey some sense of this person to those who do (or did) not know him/her well.

Want to read an example of a writing about a dear friend? Read Laura of Laurens.

How to write a poem for a friend

© Laura Hedgecock 2013

This article was co-authored by Stephanie Wong Ken, MFA. Stephanie Wong Ken is a writer based in Canada. Stephanie’s writing has appeared in Joyland, Catapult, Pithead Chapel, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, and other publications. She holds an MFA in Fiction and Creative Writing from Portland State University.

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Writing a poem is about observing the world within or around you. A poem can be about anything, from love to loss to the rusty gate at the old farm. Writing poetry can seem daunting, especially if you do not feel you are naturally creative or bursting with poetic ideas. With the right inspiration and approach, you can write a poem that you can be proud to share with others in the class or with your friends.

Sample Poems

How to write a poem for a friend

Brainstorming for Ideas
Try a free write. Grab a notebook or your computer and just start writing—about your day, your feelings, or how you don’t know what to write about. Let your mind wander for 5-10 minutes and see what you can come up with.
Write to a prompt. Look up poem prompts online or come up with your own, like “what water feels like” or “how it feels to get bad news.” Write down whatever comes to mind and see where it takes you.
Make a list or mind map of images. Think about a situation that’s full of emotion for you and write down a list of images or ideas that you associate with it. You could also write about something you see right in front of you, or take a walk and note down things you see.

How to write a poem for a friend

Finding a Topic
Go for a walk. Head to your favorite park or spot in the city, or just take a walk through your neighborhood. Use the people you see and nature and buildings you pass as inspiration for a poem.
Write about someone you care about. Think about someone who’s really important to you, like a parent or your best friend. Recall a special moment you shared with them and use it to form a poem that shows that you care about them.
Pick a memory you have strong feelings about. Close your eyes, clear your head, and see what memories come to the forefront of your mind. Pay attention to what emotions they bring up for you—positive or negative—and probe into those. Strong emotional moments make for beautiful, interesting poems.

How to write a poem for a friend

  • For example, you may decide to write a poem around the theme of “love and friendship.” You may then think about specific moments in your life where you experienced love and friendship as well as how you would characterize love and friendship based on your relationships with others.
  • Try to be specific when you choose a theme or idea, as this can help your poem feel less vague or unclear. For example, rather than choosing the general theme of “loss,” you may choose the more specific theme, such as “loss of a child” or “loss of a best friend.”

How to write a poem for a friend

  • You may decide to try a poetic form that is short, such as the haiku, the cinquain, or the shape poem. You could then play around with the poetic form and have fun with the challenges of a particular form. Try rearranging words to make your poem sound interesting.
  • You may opt for a form that is more funny and playful, such as the limerick form, if you are trying to write a funny poem. Or you may go for a more lyrical form like the sonnet, the ballad, or the rhyming couplet for a poem that is more dramatic and romantic.

How to write a poem for a friend

  • “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge [4] X Research source
  • “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman [5] X Research source
  • “I measure every Grief I meet” by Emily Dickinson [6] X Research source
  • “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare [7] X Research source
  • “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop [8] X Research source
  • “Night Funeral in Harlem” by Langston Hughes [9] X Research source
  • “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams [10] X Research source

How to write a poem for a friend

  • For example, rather than try to describe a feeling or image with abstract words, use concrete words instead. Rather than write, “I felt happy,” you may use concrete words to create a concrete image, such as, “My smile lit up the room like wildfire.”

How to write a poem for a friend

Try a New Literary Device
Metaphor: This device compares one thing to another in a surprising way. A metaphor is a great way to add unique imagery and create an interesting tone. Example: “I was a bird on a wire, trying not to look down.”
Simile: Similes compare two things using “like” or “as.” They might seem interchangeable with metaphors, but both create a different flow and rhythm you can play with. Example: “She was as alone as a crow in a field,” or “My heart is like an empty stage.”
Personification: If you personify an object or idea, you’re describing it by using human qualities or attributes. This can clear up abstract ideas or images that are hard to visualize. Example: “The wind breathed in the night.”
Alliteration: Alliteration occurs when you use words in quick succession that begin with the same letter. This is a great tool if you want to play with the way your poem sounds. Example: “Lucy let her luck linger.”

Friendship Poems are a perfect way to convey your thoughts and feelings to your special friends on their Birthdays or just to show how much you care. There are many different friendship types, so there are many ideas and examples of Short Poems About Friendship here for you to copy or use for composing your own poems on friendship. I think Best Friend Poems are a lovely way to express feelings that so often go unsaid especially on Birthdays. So take the opportunity when their Birthdays arrive and let your Special Friends know exactly how you feel about them. Share or write in a Birthday Card, one of these Poems About Friendship and Friendship Verses with your friends today.

How to write a poem for a friend

To the ends of time
I will love you my friend ..
A friendship like ours
has no definite end.

You raise my spirits with
ways I can’t find ..
Always lifting me up
and ever so kind.

I’m blessed and thank you
so lucky am I ..
My friend you are treasured
till the day that I die.
MY SPECIAL FRIEND

Thinking, way back of
a memory or two ..
The day before, the day
that I, first met you.

When we’re young
friends came and went ..
Some stayed forever while
others were just lent.

But as time went on
a good friend came along ..
It’s not very often
just like an old song.

Our friendship is unique and
I just wanted you to know ..
my friendship is forever
where ever you may go.

End Of School Friends

As I sit here in class, and
observe all my friends ..
Thinking I’ll look forward to
this final years end.

It’s going to be sad
when we all say good-bye ..
I’ll miss everyone so much
for sure, I will cry.

So many great moments
some good some bad ..
But, the best years of my life
so far, that I’ve had.

I don’t want to say good-bye
to this final year, with my friends ..
So, I don’t think I really want
this year to come to an end.

A Friend That’s Always There

My Friend you’re like a flower
as beautiful as a rose ..
Your petals are always open
you’re a friend that always knows.

Thank You For Being My Friend

I came to you in
my hour of pain ..
looking for answers
I cried in vain.

I shared my fears
that hid in my heart ..
You were my friend
right from the start.

Troubles, like rivers
ran through my life ..
You picked my pieces and
helped me through strife.

With nowhere to go
and none to live for ..
You opened your heart
as well as your door.

There’s none more special
so kind and true ..
How blessed I am, to have
a friend like you.

A True Best Friend

I have been so lucky as
true Friend are hard to find ..
That’s why I am so thankful
that I can call you mine.

Whenever I feel down
you’re there to catch my tears ..
You’re the holder of my secrets
Throughout, all of these years.

When I need you, most of all
you always help me through ..
No one could replace a
true best friend, like YOU.

Thank You My Friend

A friend will not always agree
with, all that you believe ..
A friend will always stay behind
when others always leave.

A friend will always care enough
to see that you’re okay ..
A friend will always see you through
no matter what you say.

These are the things
that good friends seem to do ..
These are all the things you are
the friend I found in YOU.

Short Poems About Friendship

Lucky To Have You My Friend

How lucky I am to find a friend
someone tried and true ..
You’re always there
you always care and
I’m just thanking you.

A Friend Forever

I never thought
that I would find ..
A friend like you
so sweet and kind.

My memories of
the day we met ..
Are ones that I
will never forget.

I’ll always love you
till the end ..
Thank you so much
my loyal friend.

How to write a poem for a friend

I love the way that we can talk
there’s nothing we can’t share ..
I love how I can be myself
anytime you’ re there.

I love the way you always listen
you take the time to care ..
The comfort of a friend like you
and to know you’re always there.

A Friend Like You

A friend like you, is
a priceless treasure ..
Your worth, to me
I could not measure.

You’re sweet and kind
faithful and true ..
I thank the lord
when I met you.

I Count You As My Friend

I count, my friends
on just one hand
I have but, just a few ..
My good friends
in all the land, and
one of them is YOU.

Short Poems About Friendship

So Glad We Met My Friend

I wasn’t looking for another friend
on the day we met ..
All my, so called friends before you
I needed to forget.

You came into my life
right out of the blue ..
I can tell you now, I don’t regret
the day that I met YOU!

In All Our Living Years

If I ever need someone
you are always here ..
You comfort me, with kindness
and calm all things I fear.

With you my Friend, I know
you’ll always catch my tears ..
Just as I will catch yours
In all our living years.

A collection of short love poems for her, whom you adore. The story begins when a boy meets a girl and something happens. The boy wants to say something romantic to the girl. For the ages immemorial, boys have used love poems to show their love for a girl. If you are also pining to express your love in romantic lines, then here are some short poems.

I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

— Roy Croft

1. For Your Girlfriend

You gave light to my soul

You helped me to be whole

I have felt love for you before

And it will be more and more,

You are mine, my dear

You are the angel from above

Who taught me how to love.

Please, forever keep me near.

2. Love Is Like a Gossamer

Have you ever seen gossamer,

On a field full of yellow grass,

Where dragonflies swim over

The gentle breeze of summer?

Have you ever noticed

How tantalizing the gossamer is?

I know that true love is such

Once visible glittering on sunlight

And lo! It is vanished!

Do you know my love

That love between us

Is more visible than that?

3. Cute Poem for a Nice Girl

I know a girl who is better than strawberry.

She is farer than the grand white Fujiyama.

She is purer than the water of the wholly Suraj Tal

From where the stream of Chandra flows down

The gorgeous heights of the Himalayas.

She is the spring of joy to me,

Do you know the girl?

4. You Have Changed My Life

You have come to my life

And it changed with a blink of an eye

You have blown the roof

To let me see the blue sky.

I can praise you for a whole day

But my love for you so great

That I need many days to say.

5. For a Girl Who Is My Friend

This poem is for a girl who is my friend,

This lines are for a girl who till the end

Will be and remain my true friend,

Our friendship know no end;

You are my ever best friend,

Our friendship does not have an end.

6. The Girl Whom I Love

This is a short love poem for a girl

Whom I knew before I have no existence,

My soul was then in the nature,

Revolving with the earth’s revolution.

This my poem is for a girl,

Who is the angel of light

Send to the earth to fight

The monsters of loveless

Loneliness which were in me.

7. A Summerday Is Short

A summar’s day has too short a life,

The coral isles lost their beauty to the civilization,

The rose that blossoms lost all too soon,

The winding river that shines will be dry one day,

But my love for you oh girl

Will remain the same for ever.

8. Another Short Poem

Why did you increase the love in me

If you are going to leave me alone?

How will I make your heart pleased

By keeping it in my own mind?

My heart is unable to withstand the pain

It bleeds inside me.

9. A Too Short Poem

I want my love to always my side

From all the typhoons to hide.

Love ebbs and flows like a tide,

Come near me, stay on my side.

10. Your Eyes

The sweet glances from your eye

So mysterious and deep

Makes my heart to jump,

The smile on your thin lips

Make my head spin,

Without you I feel

I have nothing close to me.

11. Mark My Words

Oh girl, allow me to say

I have only wanted to stay

For my life with you,

The times of our love,

Will always be new

Mark my words, my dove!

An Indian Love Poem for a Girl

On that night, the night was moonlit,

The breeze of spring was colorful,

Everything seemed glorious

For getting you very close, my moon.

My mind was full of heavenly pleasure,

My life was full of songs and rhythms,

Your hands were in my hands,

What were you speaking mind knows!

Everything felt so good because of you,

Mind was under the shadow of mind,

That night was moonlit,

Everything felt so special.

Night comes and Night goes far away,

Can the mind forget that memory?

The old days have filled the mind

Love has become a beggar.

The incense mind burns alone,

That you, not you, not with me.

* Translated from Kishore Kumar's "Sei Rate Raat Chilo Purnima"

Bright Star by John Keats

How to write a poem for a friend

Comments

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on August 19, 2020:

dddddddd on July 07, 2020:

so These Poems are bad.

marisa on May 28, 2020:

so i was on a ft with my girlfriend and she cried of happiness when i read the first one

Blessings miti on March 27, 2020:

it blessed me and i wrote it to my girlfriend !

Ashton on March 10, 2020:

Love the poems keep me coming

Ron S., City of Mississauga, Canada. on March 10, 2020:

Saw and heard in the March 9 predawn darkness a new arrived Nighthawk, its raspy call from on wing, by the storm-water pond in my lonely city, Mississauga. This cherished walk, it's 5 am, LED streetlamps for warmth. There's a Tim Hortons to left, a Shell station ahead. Soon the Canada Geese will be heard. This is swathed aloneness, with strange comfort in the litter strewn among the dried weeds. Found one beer can – FAXE – tuck in pack. Yesterday's footprints survive in vanishing snow. Time so felt. Moon! Are you there? Experience is poetry.