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:

    Love this style and yes, always an element of fear. The trick is trying to do things in spite of it and not because of it

  2. K.L. Hale says:

    Happy Friday, Brad! Love these! This is a style I can relate to and have used. I remember students loving this, too! Sending love and hugs for a beautiful Friday! 💛🤗

  3. sudrakarma says:

    As has often the case, your exploration of poetry forms has inspired me to participate

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    I love this form. Great example Brad. This is one, I too would like to try. Thank you and happy Friday, Jonikins ❤️🤗❤️

  5. Definitely enjoyed it. Love poetry that creates an image. And loved your example Brad! Have a great weekend!

  6. Jim Borden says:

    I like this style, and you have created a wonderful example of it. I guess there is a fine line between hope and fear…

  7. All good examples. Love yours. Looks like a fun form.

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