Want a clever idea to announce your baby's arrival? Try your hand at a birth-announcement poem! Poems are a personal and touching way to express your feelings of joy. Getting started is usually the hardest part. Here are some ideas to get you headed in the right direction!
Start With the DetailsWrite down all the details you want to share in your announcement, such as the baby's name, date of birth, weight, length, color of hair and eyes, and any other details you'd like to include. Anything that creates an image for the reader is helpful.
List FeelingsHaving your feelings and thoughts down on paper before you begin will help you with creating imagery and poetic flow. Put down all your thoughts and feelings no matter how silly, even if you think you might not use it. Writing things down helps spark creativity and form ideas.
Pick a ThemeYou'll need to decide if this poem will be humorous or formal. If you are going for a more informal or humorous birth-announcement poem, you might want to wrap the details and feelings mentioned above into a special theme that fits either a hobby or an interest of your family, such as sports cars, old movies, circus acts, or a jewelry showcase.
Choose a Poetry StyleDon't be intimidated! A song or commercial jingle is nothing more than a poem put to music. Poems don't have to rhyme, and there are many styles from which to choose:
- Haiku is a Japanese style that does not rhyme. Haiku poems contain three lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line, 7 syllables, and the last line, 5 syllables.
- If you are looking to tell a story, you'll most likely want to write a ballad. These must rhyme and have a musical rhythm.
- An ode is a rhyming, rhythmic poem on a specific topic. It always contains the word "ode" in the title.
- An acrostic lists a word or words, then builds a line from each letter. You may choose to rhyme or not. This style is a delightful way to express thoughts and feelings for any occasion.
Here's a sample poem:
"John Doe arrived this day, May fourth, two thousand five
We welcome you to share our joy this first day he's alive
He came to us with eyes of blue and hair of chestnut brown
He weighs 9 pounds, 2 ounces. He's 20 inches long, not around!
Our hearts are full and happy that he is in our lives.
We have more joy than we had known in our hearts abides."
Take your newly created poem and personalize it by adding a photo or graphic. You can have them printed professionally or do it yourself with a home computer on card stock. To any style you choose, add your special touch, and bring delight to everyone who receives your birth announcement poem.