You can write an interesting poem by using the phrase, “I’d rather be” on every other line. Your imagination can take twists and turns as you make your poem funny, thought provoking, or inspirational. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Step 1 – Start out by writing: I’d rather be
  • Step 2 – Add anything to the end of that phrase that pops into your mind
  • Step 3 – On the next line, write a fact or comment or opinion about that thing that you’d rather be
  • Step 4 – Repeat steps 1,2,3 several times until your poem is the right length
  • Step 5 – For your ending, pick an idea that makes the reader feel a particular way, either happy, thoughtful, or inspired. Of course, that’s up to you

Here’s an example of a happy “I’d Rather Be” poem:

  • I’d rather be a butterfly,
  • To float way up, up in the sky.
  • I’d rather be a big, high tree,
  • Then everyone’d look up to me!
  • I’d rather be a turtle, small
  • Or a giraffe that’s oh, so tall.
  • But, still, I like my chemistry–
  • I guess I’m happy that I’m me!

Here’s an example of a thoughtful poem:

  • I’d rather be a question mark
  • to answer every question why.
  • I’d rather be an aeroplane, of course,
  • who wouldn’t love to fly?
  • I’d rather be the smartest kid
  • ‘cuz then I’d never have to cry!
  • I’m thinking I would rather be ….
  • I really wonder why!