“Never” poems | Write a silly poem

What funny things would your kids "never" do? Let those ideas inspire them to write a silly poem.

APRIL IS National Poetry Month. In honor of the occasion, I thought it would be fun to introduce some new poetry activities!

Today, why not have your children write a silly poem? With only a few simple rules to get them started, they should produce some gems in no time at all.


When your children write their “Never” poems, they will need to choose a sound to repeat using alliteration.

al·lit·er·a·tion is the repetition of a consonant sound at the beginning of a word.

Betty Botter bought some butter,
But,” she said, “the butter’s bitter.”

Charlotte shared her sugar
With a shaggy sheep named Shane.


To write your “Never Poem,” you will write one sentence for each of the following, repeating your chosen consonant sound as many times as possible.

  1. Something you would never eat.
  2. Something you would never wear.
  3. Something you would never buy.
  4. Something you would never do.
  5. Someplace you would never go.
  6. Something you would always like to think about.
  7. “And I promise I will never …”

Once their poems are finished, invite them to choose some words from the poem and write a title.

Of Blue Biscuits and Bouncing Balls

I would never eat blue biscuits.
I would never wear a baggy beaded bonnet with brown buttons.
I would never buy a blind baboon’s broken bicycle.
I would never read a book about boat-building in Bulgaria.
I would never go to Brooklyn to get bologna.
I would always like to think about bouncing balls in the bathtub.
And I promise I will never let Bubba’s bunny eat barbecued beans for breakfast.

Your Turn

Poetry should be shared! I hope you’ll post your kids’ “Never Poems” in the comments.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Kayla Arrowood

    We are going to totally do this soon!!! Sounds and looks so fun for my kiddos!

  • Posted April 3, 2012


    Fantastic, Kayla! Hope you come back and post their poems!

  • Posted April 6, 2015

    Melissa Morgan

    Here is an example I wrote to use as a sample for my students. I can’t wait to teach it. I would love to post what they write. Thank you!

    Playing with Pickled Pumpkin and Pitbulls

    I would never eat pickled pumpkin
    I would never wear a pink polka-dotted parka
    I would never buy a purple plastic purse
    I would never read a book about pesky porcupines preying on pollywogs
    I would never go to Pennsylvania to purchase pencils and peanut butter pie
    I would always like to think about plenty of pianos playing for partygoers on the patio
    And I promise I will never let pitbulls get picked on by pathetic punks

  • Posted April 6, 2015


    Melissa: I’m so glad you shared your fabulous poem. It made me giggle a few times! Hope to see your students’ offerings as well. It’s always fun to see what these poetry prompts can produce.

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