Here is a writing template for you to use a keepsake poem of your pregnancy.
For each ‘week’ there is a fruit or vegetable size comparison (courtesy of parents.com – how big is your baby this week?) followed by a simile or metaphor of your choice.
Of course you can change it up and switch it around (you feel like, you sound like etc.) and you might like to add extra lines or extra feelings or change the size references to suit you and your own tastes – but this is a nice easy starting point to record your pregnancy poetically.
THE WRITING TEMPLATE
1. For each week write a line using the following format:
You are a [insert fruit or vege here] but to me you are like a [insert simile]/you are a [insert a metaphor or adjective of your own]
2. End the poem with the name of your baby or with a welcome note or a final metaphor.
Last line: You are ________________.
3. Edit as you please (add rhyme/change words/separate into stanzas/miss out some similes/miss out some weeks/add more lines of your own…)
Make it your special pregnancy poem.
The ‘fruits’ to use for each week for size references (4-40) are as follows:
Poppy seed (4), peppercorn (5), cranberry seed(6), blueberry (7), cranberry bean (8), cherry(9), kumquat (10), Brussels sprout (11), passionfruit (12), Meyer lemon (13), nectarine (14), apple (15), avocado (16), pear (17), sweet potato (18), mango (19), artichoke (20), carrot (21), papaya (22), aubergine (23), ear of corn – length (24), acorn squash (25), zucchini (26), cauliflower (27), kabocha squash (29), butternut squash (29), large cabbage (30), bunch of leeks (31), Napa cabbage (32), pineapple (33), canatalope (34), honeydew melon (35), canary melon (36), a stalk of Swiss chard (37), stalk of rhubarb (38), mini watermelon (39), watermelon (40-41).
EXAMPLE POEM (edited):
You are a poppy seed and a twinkle in my eyes.
You are a peppercorn and a crease at the edge of your father’s.
You are a cranberry seed and you are magic.
You are a loved blueberry.
You are a cranberry bean and a tadpole.
You are a cherry and our smudge.
You are a kumquat and a rainbow.
You are a Brussels sprout yet you feel like a fern unfurling in the dark.
You are a passionfruit and you are a vine.
You are a Meyer lemon yet you are far from sour.
You are a nectarine and you are our secret revealed.
You are an apple and you are sweet, sweet, sweet.
You are an avocado making our hearts big.
You are a pear growing perfectly.
You are a sweet potato but to us you are our golden kumara.
You are a mango with a big heart.
You are an artichoke but to me you are a planet of potential.
You are a carrot and you are sunshine.
You are a papaya and you are warm like tropical rain.
You are an aubergine in indigo (and deep violet).
You are an ear of corn but you feel like a rugby ball with a rugby team
You are a butternut squash. We are all squash.
You are a pineapple and you are yellow.
You are a whole world inside me.
You are a watermelon. You are pink.
You are patience. You are change.
You are a sister/brother/daughter/son
You are stars and moon and wind and sun
– And you are everything while we wait.
You are ______________________.
(name yet to be added when tummy nugget makes an entrance…)
(This post is inspired by the ex-English teacher in me. I hope you enjoy it).
Words aren’t your thing? Maybe you might like today’s sewing project instead (it’s a new Kerchief Everything dress for maternity and nursing and I made it for my shop but I am thinking about keeping it…)
I would love to read your poems so please share links when you have them written!