Whittled Words – Diamante Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It does not have an associated rhyme scheme. This is a simple, quick, and fun exercise of word association in poetic form. Give it a try and release your inner poet!

It can be used to describe 1 topic or 2 opposite topics.

  • Line 1: 1 word (subject/noun)
  • Line 2: 2 adjectives that describe line 1
  • Line 3: 3 -ing words that relate to line 1
  • Line 4: 4 nouns (first 2 relate to line 1, last 2 relate to line 7–if you’re writing about opposite topics)
  • Line 5: 3 -ing words that relate to line 7
  • Line 6: 2 adjectives that describe line 7
  • Line 7: 1 word (subject/noun)


Examples of Diamante Poems:



by Divine Tan

Loud, Boisterous
Deafening, Earsplitting, Piercing
Clamor, Sound ….. Hush, Quiet
Soothing, Calming, Consoling
Peace, Tranquility


Loyalty Betrayal

By Raymond8759

pure, flawless
sanctifying, lustering, washing
soldiers, followers, traitors, spies
perpetrating, stealing, bribing
hateful, dire



By Brad Osborne


Wishful, Necessary

Longing, Expecting, Consoling

Dream, Prayer……Reality, Curse

Nagging, Halting, Pressing

Nervous, Skeptical



I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Diamante poem. Thanks for reading!


18 Responses to “Whittled Words – Diamante Poem”
  1. beth says:

    I love this one, and had my kinder create one in this style years ago. turned out very well

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Lovely mate and your poem was a real gem!

  3. Shreya Joshi says:

    This one way tough. Much tougher than rhymes.
    Young, happy,
    Questioning, exploring, learning,
    Benevolence, contentment… Misanthrope, misery,
    Hating, judging, fighting,
    Orthodox, rigid,

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I like this style of poem, Brad, and yours is a fine example. I’m surprised there was nothing included by Brewer! 🙂

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I had no idea there were so many forms of poetry until I began following your blog, Brad. This form is pleasing to the eyes and ears.

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