Short and Cute Love Poems

A fountain pen to write love poems in a notebook

Short and cute love poems are the perfect way to spice up an email or text message. No matter how bad a day you're having, getting a little sweet nothing piece of poetry can brighten up everything.

How to Write Short and Cute Love Poems

There are a few different types of short poems that you can choose from - the key word being "short". This takes some pressure off of the author without diluting the message - in fact, some would say that the shorter the poem, the more powerful the message will be. And if the message is "I love you," it doesn't get much more powerful.

The "cute" factor is a bit of a safety net - it keeps the poem light in tone, and also helps share a common bond of humor between the writer and the recipient. Even if the poetry rhyming scheme is dreadful, even if the description is something like "your ruby lips shining like fresh ketchup on steak fries," the humorous connotation sweetens the poor wording.

Here are a few types of love poems that are both short and easy to make quite humorous:

Free Verse

Some people scoff at this form of poetry, which doesn't require rhymes or scansion or any of the structures that other poetic arts have. However, free verse is not an excuse for being lazy - it's just a kind of poetry that saves the meaning for the words, not for the way they're put together. The notable poet e.e.cummings was a master of short free verse, and reading his works can give you a good idea of what the best free verse sounds like.

To create your own, just write a few sentences normally, as if writing a letter:

"Madeleine, I love your hair. I love the way it shines in the sunlight at noon when we're having lunch outside, and the softness I feel when it is running through my fingers as we kiss. I could lose myself in the feeling of your hair."

Then start taking out words. Take out as many as you can while still retaining some meaning - making the words into less of a story and more of a picture:

"Madeleine. Hair shining in noon sun. Soft through fingers (kiss). Lost in love and your locks."

It's short, it's sweet, and simple enough that it could even qualify as "cute", especially if Madeleine also has fond memories of her hair with you in the noonday sun.

Limericks

Limericks are designed to be funny - with a simple rhyme scheme of AABBA, and a syllable count of 8-8-5-5-8 (eight syllables in first and second lines, five in third and fourth, and eight again in the last). Sometimes having these kind of rules makes it even easier to build short and cute love poems:

"When showering, I think of my lips on yours, And worry those thoughts thee dishonors, Ideas that take wing'll Make my body tingle, Like naughty bits washed with Doc Bronners."

Limericks often take liberties with rhymes - such as "wing'll" and "tingle" - and that's part of the charm. You can find many more examples of limericks (some of which are quite scandalous) at sites like Love Limericks.

Haiku

This Japanese form of poetry doesn't bother with rhyme, but is very strict about syllables. There are only five in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third (although it should be noted that is a generalization caused by the difficulty in translating this form from Japanese to English). There are also supposed to be a reference to the season and a "cutting word" that brings the lines together.

If short poems are pictures, haiku are polaroid snapshots - evoking a lot of emotion from just one instant. For example,

I watch your lips part, Soft steam in the winter air, Kissing won't chap. Much.

In three lines a season, an action, an intention, and a humorous side-effect are all implied. You can find more examples like this at It Might Be Love.


Remember, though, whatever form your poems take, the cutest will be the ones you take the time to create yourself.

Short and Cute Love Poems