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!


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

    love how yours began with hope and ended with fear, sometimes the path things take. i used to created poems in this form with my class and they loved it

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A very visual form, quite interesting, makes one think and work…

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a lovely formed poem and very interesting.
    Your example was great and it would be a style that makes one think as Francisco mentioned. Thank you for teaching us another new form Brad. Hugs and lots of love coming your way. 🤗❤️🦋Jonikins

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    I also remember this form from before and like how each arrives at an accompanying antonym.

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