If you go hunting for list poems by other poets you will discover a real treasure trove. Reading poems by other writers is such a great way to take your own writing on adventures. Try doing your version of the poem you discover. Change things about it. Use their pattern, but put your own words in it.
Elena de Roo has written a list of green things, but she has played with the pattern a little and not every line begins with green (both ways work!). She has some great rhyme that helps glue the poem together (soar, draw) and (castle, freckle).
Green, My Crayon
I choose green with dappled speckles
green as sea glass
green as green grass
green as leaves with yellow freckles
Green as sea, and sky, and shore
green, the tower and turret door
in winds of green, its banners soar
green, my castle
green, I draw
© Elena de Roo
John Parker has written a really cool list poem that is made up of dialogue! It has a definite pattern and a surprising but perfect ending (especially if you are like me and like crisp apples).
‘Drop drop,’ said the wind to the seed.
‘Reach, reach,’ said the earth to the root.
‘Drink, drink,’ said the rain to the plant.
‘Up, up,’ said the sun to the tree.
‘Out, out,’ said the tree to the branch.
‘Burst, burst,’ said the branch to the bud.
‘Open. open,’ said the bee to the blossom.
‘Ripen, ripen,’ said the blossom to the apple.
‘Eat, eat,’ said the apple to me ——
So I did!
© John Parker