Cute Poems to Ask a Girl Out

A haiku is one of the shortest forms of poetry. Originating in Japan, haikus rarely rhyme and they’re only 17 syllables, total. Being short and non-rhyming, haikus are super easy to write, and they work great if you want to show off a cute, playful charm. The first line is five syllables, the second line is seven syllables, and the third line is five syllables again. An example of a haiku asking a girl out could be:

  • When I first saw you

  • I knew I wanted to buy

  • You a drink and chat

An ode is form of poetry without a specific structure. An ode is a tribute to a subject, so you’d be writing a poem about how much you fancy the girl in question. Be careful not to make an ode too serious and go overboard. Your ode should be sincere but funny and maybe even a bit teasing.

A limerick is a five-line poem with an AABBA rhyming scheme. The best limericks are short, concise, and funny. However, limericks are often used for bawdy or rude humour. Indeed, the most famous limerick is probably “There Once was a Man from Nantucket”. We’re not going to reproduce the rest of that limerick here, but suffice it to say, it’s not to be recited in polite company. If you write her a limerick, make it funny, but don’t be dirty. It would be best to avoid even any double-entendres or anything that could be misinterpreted as being dirty.

Sonnets. Now we’re getting into the artistic (nerdy?) poetry chat. A sonnet is a 14-line poem that is traditionally associated with love, attraction, and, sometimes, lust. There are different types of sonnets with different rhyming schemes, such as Petrarchan Sonnets, Shakespearean Sonnets, Spenserian Sonnets, and more. The most famous of these is probably Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, which begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”. It’s probably best to offer a light-hearted—but genuine—parody of that if you’re looking to ask out a girl with a sonnet.

Other poetry options exist, too, such as ballads, villanelles, and free verse poems. However, unless you met the girl you have a crush on in a poetry class, it’s probably best to not get that nerdy with your choice of poem.

What are Some Cute, Short Love Poems?

If you’re writing a poem to ask a girl out, you should probably keep it short. There’s a pretty big difference between writing a poem for a girl you’ve never even gone on a date with yet and writing a poem for your committed girlfriend. “Poems for her” encompasses a pretty big repertoire of poetry. If you look through the history of poetry and look at some famous poems, it’s hard to find types of poems that haven’t been written about women.

But there’s a big difference between writing a poem for her and writing one about her. If you feel like you’re madly in love and writing poetry is an outlet for your emotions and artistic creativity, please, by all means, write a 14-page ode or tribute to your beloved’s beauty. But don’t show it to her, at least not yet. If you go on several dates and start a serious relationship with her, then, months down the line, you can show her that kind of poem. But you should never write a long, serious love poem like that to ask a girl out.

Asking a girl out with a poem can be cute and it shows that you put in some effort and thought into asking her out; that also demonstrates that you’ll put effort and thought into the relationship. But writing a poem is also risky because you might come on too strong. That’s why the best poem to ask a girl out is a short, light-hearted poem. So, what are some cute, romantic poems you can write to ask a girl out?

Romantic Poems to Ask a Girl to be Your Girlfriend

In all the poems we’ve discussed, we’ve stressed the importance of being playful and funny with your poetry. If you’re asking a girl out for the first time, you probably don’t know her that well. But what if you don’t want to be funny or cutesy? What if you want to write nice romantic poems for her? Well, the problem there is, if your poem is very romantic, there’s a good chance that she will get scared off. It’s called coming on too strong.

Writing a long, intensely romantic poem about somebody you don’t know that well or who hasn’t expressed any romantic interest in you displays bad judgement. If you have a creative, artistic need to write romantic poetry about this girl over whom you are pining, go for it. But as we mentioned earlier, don’t show it to her. Just ask her out normally, and if she says yes and you two date for months, you can show that kind of poetry to her later. If it’s somebody you already know, and you have a history with her, but you haven’t gone out with her, like, say, you’ve been friends for a long time already, it’s a bit different. In that case, it might be appropriate to write something to her about your real feelings. But even then, the prose is better than poetry. It’s just not appropriate for that stage of a relationship.

How to Write a Poem for your Girlfriend in a New Relationship

We’ve mostly gone over how to write a poem for a girl you have not gone out with yet, but with whom you want to go on a date. But what if you’re already in a relationship with the girl in question? Writing a poem to ask a girl out is quite a different proposition to writing love poems for your gf or even just short poems for your girlfriend. When you’re already in a relationship with a girl, it’s more appropriate to write poetry that concerns your feelings. However, if it’s a new relationship, you still can’t afford to go too hard with the romance, feelings, and lush descriptions.

How to Write a Poem for Your Girlfriend in a Long-Term Relationship

If you’ve been dating a long while, the door is open for a real, heartfelt, emotional poem. If you’ve established trust and understanding, there’s no way your gf, partner, or wife will reject your poem. If you love somebody, you’re going to love their expression of their love for you no matter what form it takes (even if your rhymes are a bit weak). If both you and your gf/wife have an interest in poetry, then, by all means, go all out. Write a ballad, a free-verse ode, or even a narrative epic about your love for her. Just accept that, while she may love and appreciate the effort you put into a romantic poem for her, she won’t necessarily love the poem on its own. And that’s OK, too.

Short Poems for your Girlfriend

Just because you’re in a committed relationship, that doesn’t mean that the poems you write for your gf must be long, emotional, paeans to her undying grace and charm. Girlfriends love little gifts and surprises for no reason. So write her a haiku randomly. Write to her a new limerick every month. Write her seven sonnets, one for each day in the week leading up to her birthday. Whether you’re poetically inclined or not, it’s little gestures like these that help keep love and romance alive in long-term relationships.

Girlfriend to Girlfriend Poems

Most people in the world are heterosexual, so this article has mainly been from a boy or man's point of view writing to a girl or woman. But there are lots of girlfriend-girlfriend relationships out there and lots of women and girls who want to be in such relationships. Is it OK for girls to write poems to their girlfriends? Of course! And no rule says girlfriend to girlfriend poems have to be any different. The general stereotype is that female-female relationships move faster than male-female relationships; female-female relationships are perceived to become official monogamous couples sooner, move in with each other sooner, and so on. Of course, not all girlfriend-girlfriend couples are like this, but if you’re a girl writing a poem to your girlfriend or asking a girl out, you probably have more leeway to talk about emotions than a guy would. But remember, every individual is different with different tastes and different experience levels, regardless of gender and sexual orientation.

And that’s what you need to know about poems to ask a girl out and poems for your girlfriend.

The general rule of thumb is, the longer you’ve been dating, the more seriously you can write about your emotions. But regardless of what stage you’re at in your relationship with her, be genuine and have some fun with your poetry! And remember, just because you write her a poem doesn’t mean you have to show it to her if you’re not comfortable yet.

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