Poems About Being Single That Really Hit Home

Updated November 19, 2018
Poems About Being Single

While there are lots of verses about love, poems about being single can be hard to find. However, if you are single poetry can be a vehicle to help fight off loneliness and loss or serve as an anthem of pride.

Emotional Poems About Being Single

Whether you're single and happy or single and lonely, poetry about your dating status captures real emotions in real time. A little sarcastic humor in a poem can also lighten the mood around this sometimes too serious topic.

Living the Single Life

By Michele Meleen

I'm single because
I won't let you capture me.
I'm wild and untethered
Choosing to be free.

I go where I want
and do as I please
alone and with others
no commitment to appease.

I'm living the single life
enjoying every moment
until the day comes
when I'm ready to quit.

One Day

By Michele Meleen

Yesterday I woke up single
and fell asleep the same.
No lover came to take my hand
or call me a special name.

Today I'll wake alone again
and hope to find my person.
Maybe I'll find options
or maybe I'll find none.
But, one day I know I'll find
Someone for whom I'm designed.

Happy to be With Me

By Michele Meleen

Some say I must be lonely,
but they'd be quite wrong.
I'm happy to be with me
even if my single stretch is long.

This Empty Life

woman ignoring one happy couple

By Michele Meleen

This empty life
should be full
but there's no one here to share it.

Each place I go
and thing I see
less meaningful than it could be.

This empty life
should be full
but I'm single and alone.

Single Women of the World

By Michele Meleen

Single women of the world unite,
for you are not alone.
We're not all married, hitched, or in like,
and waiting by the phone.

Some say there's something wrong with you
to be without a partner.
Wouldn't they be shocked to know
being single doesn't make you an amateur?

Single Man Status

By Michele Meleen

The single man status
can be hated
or revered.
Take this chance
to look inside
or live it up,
the choice
is only yours.

Singles Storm

By Michele Meleen

Single and ready to mingle
Is what my ad might say.
Saving all my real love
for a rainy day.

Well, get your umbrellas ready
single people that day is coming
and when I let loose
on the dating scene
even the Red Cross
won't get that place clean,
I'll be crushing hearts
and killing dreams
until I find the one for me.

Writing Tips for the Solitary Poet

Understandably, the majority of poems about being single are going to be about either the breakup or how much the poet wishes he or she wasn't single. Writing out your feelings about loneliness, fears of never finding anyone else, or what went wrong with past loves can be very cathartic and help you through the dark times. There's no need to be embarrassed about poetry; no one ever has to see it besides you and there aren't any rules about how to create it.

Poems About Being Single: Does It Have to Rhyme?

There are many other forms of poetry to choose from, and there is no need to even make it rhyme. The reason poetry can be powerful is not because it is filled with flowery prose, but because poets find ways to make words express feelings more purely and directly.

Personalized Poem Techniques

Fridge Magnets

A lot of poems come out of simply doodling words over a piece of blank paper. Another technique for writing poems about being is single is to print out words and glue them to magnetic sheets which are available at many office supply stores. Cut out the individual words and put them on your fridge for some instant magnetic poems about being single. As the words no longer seem necessary, as your heart heals and you move on, perhaps the words will slowly disappear or at least take on new meaning when you re-arrange the feelings of being single.

Writing a Breakup Poem

These may be melodramatic, but that's alright. They are meant to be only for you, and only for the honest emotions, you are feeling. Once you have this raw material down, you are ready to go on and write the poem itself. For example, if you've recently broken up, your words may include:

  • Sorrow
  • Grief
  • Loneliness
  • Miss her
  • Failed
  • Love
  • No more
  • Touch
  • Kiss
  • Smile
  • Crying
  • Breathe
  • Struggle

Writing With Rhyming Couplets

One of the easiest and most common forms of poetry (as done by poet laureates such as Alfred Lord Tennyson) are rhyming couplets. These include verses that come in pairs and the last word of every pair rhymes. For example:

Thoughts are filled with sorrow, of the many things I miss,
The way her mouth would shape her breath, the way her lips would kiss.

Writing Single Life Haiku

This Japanese form of poetry doesn't rhyme but is ruled by a couple of guidelines. It consists of three line with five syllables in the first, seven in the second, and five in the third. A haiku typically includes at least one evocative image or mention of nature. Haikus are sometimes cryptic, but almost always cause thoughtful reflection. For example:

Crying seems endless,
Aching with love lost again,
Thunder sounds alone.

Writing With Limericks

A more lighthearted way to write poems is through limericks which are often funny but don't have to be. Limericks have a particular scansion, or rhythmic nature to the word, as well as a rhyming scheme for the five lines that go A-A-B-B-A (with each letter representing a rhyming word at the end of the phrase). A limerick about being single could be:

The single man breathes in again,
With ranks of the singular men,
"My heart has felt worse,"
He said with a curse,
And vainly swore off all women.

Portraying the Single Life

Different styles of poetry portray the various perspectives you might have on being single. Whether you read or write poems about your dating status, look for words and phrases that capture how you feel in the moment.

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Poems About Being Single That Really Hit Home