Write an Instant Phone Number Poem

Directions:

Some poetry forms, like haiku and tanka, invite the writer to come up with a specific number of syllables for each line of a poem.  For fun, try using your phone number to help you select which words you will include in the seven lines of your instant poem. Start by writing your phone number vertically in the spaces indicated below.  Then use that number as your guide to precisely how many syllables can go on that line of your poem.  So, for example, if your phone number just happened to be 555-1212, your poem would have three lines with five syllables on each, followed by four lines that have a one syllable words followed by a two syllable word on the next line, etc.  See the sample below.

Method:

Line 1  first digit of your phone number           is the number of syllables to use on this line

Line 2  second digit of your phone number       is the number of syllables to use on this line

Line 3  third digit of your phone number           is the number of syllables to use on this line

Line 4  fourth digit of your phone number         is the number of syllables to use on this line

Line 5  fifth digit of your phone number            is the number of syllables to use on this line

Line 6  sixth digit of your phone number           is the number of syllables to use on this line

Line 7  seventh digit of your phone number       is the number of syllables to use on this line

Sample:

5    I bite into the
5    peppermint patty
5    the taste floods my mouth
1    not
2    guilty
1    no
2    regrets