Describe the person in a way that sounds genuine
Love poems are historically known for using big, flowery, superfluous phrases, words and language. It can be cheesy -- just ask Lord Byron. At this point, a flowery love poem is as expected as an explosion-y Michael Bay movie. Break the trend by being real, even if it doesn’t sound right at first.
Do you break into a sweat every single time she's around? Great. Write that down (for now!) -- you can fix it in post.
"Every time you're 'round these parts, my body heat goes off the charts."
Add concrete, visceral details
This is when we come back to that whole "bloody skid marks" portion of the poem -- you want to get very specific and talk about how they affect you in your body and mind. Maybe this is even a good time to call back to an adventure you two might’ve had.
"Your words tickle my eardrums the way the grass tickled my upper thigh when we found ourselves in the throes of passion in the grass."
See that? You’re alluding to the time you and a loved one had steaming hot sex in your backyard. Kinky!
Use rhymes naturally
Not everyone can effortlessly spit fire like The Notorious B.I.G. The truth is, you might not be able to think of something that great the first time around. So just get all your ideas out on paper, and go over it again. And again. If you see two sentences that can be connected with a rhyme, make it happen. For example:
"Roses are red, violets are blue. Your cleavage is incredible."
can be turned into...
"Roses are red, violets are flowers. Your huge pair of boobs gives me legit super powers."
Actually, you probably shouldn’t use that last line. I'm still learning.
Edit, edit, edit
Whether you’re writing poetry, a narrative, or even a silly listicle, you always have to edit. Once you go over it a first time, go over it a second time. Once you go over it a second time, go over it a third time. Edit until it feels right and then let it go. You’re never going to have a perfect version, but that’s the double-edged sword of writing. A double-edged sword with a third, far sharper side.
The point is, you can’t throw down words onto a page and walk away from it like… well, anyone in any Michael Bay movie.
You have to work on it, finesse it, and care for it -- just like the crabby little Cupids who are paid under-the-table to hand-shape those heart-shaped chocolates!
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and goes for the erotic drawing over your typical love poem.