Write a poem to focus people's attention on a topic so that they
don't forget it. Like a popular song, its words play back in the mind
of the reader, helping him or her to think more about an issue and remember
Writing poems is easy but, before you begin, read up thoroughly on the topic
that you plan to write about. During this pre-writing research phase,
make a list of some important facts or theories that you might want to
mention in the poem. By including such information in your poem, you
will increase its educational value. During the writing of the poem,
you may find it helpful to consult a thesaurus and a rhyming dictionary (see
Poems published on ECOLOGY.INFO must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Words at the end of lines must rhyme.
2. The poem must have something to
do with a topic in ecology, such as interactions among organisms,
interactions between organisms and their environment, the distribution of
organisms, the abundance
of organisms, conservation biology, restoration of habitats, environmental
problems, stewardship of the environment, ecological field
research, evolution or science in general.
3. Facts mentioned in the poem
must be correct.
4. Poems published elsewhere before the
year 2005 can be republished on this website. Otherwise, we will
publish only never-before-published poems.
5. In contrast to the requirements
for writing reviews, there is
no requirement that the poet have a Ph.D. However, we advise poets
without formal training in ecology to be sure to read up on the topic of
their poem before they begin writing.
6. Submit poems to: director
Note: When writing poems for children, use
simpler words and much rhythm and rhyme. See
Photograph: "Hermosa Beach Seagulls"
by Chris Holland (USA). The two lines by Tolkien
are from a poem in The Lord of the Rings.