10 of the Best Cute Poems to Read

Cute poems are entertaining, uplifting, and often brief. The poems on this list explore love, childhood, and nature. 

Below, readers can explore ten cute poems that are quite diverse in the subjects they explore. From the nature of love to personified animals, noisy neighbors, and parenthood, these stylistically different poems will appeal to a broad audience

Best Cute Poems to Read


Love’s Dog by Jen Hadfield 

‘Love’s Dog’ is a clever, cute poem in which the poet discusses love as an idea. She takes the reader through what she loves about love and what she “hates” about love. One of the cutest stanzas reads:

What I love 

about love is its 

petting zoo

What I love 

about love is its 

zookeeper – you

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Such Simple Love by Thomas McGrath

This sweet and endearing poem explores human companionship and mutual love for the human race. The poet examines the sleeping world and asserts that humankind would do anything to get a good night’s sleep. He ends the poem with the stanza: 

Well, I’d have been better off sleeping myself.

These fancies had some sentimental charm,

But love without direction is a cheap blanket

And even if it did no one any harm,

No one is warm.

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A Butterfly Talks by Annette Wynne

A Butterfly Talks’ is a children’s poem that speaks about a butterfly’s reaction to the natural world. It stops to drink from flowers and meditates on the scene, puzzling over what she sees. The first lines read: 

A butterfly talks to each flower

And stops to eat and drink,

And I have seen one lighting

In a quiet spot to think;

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How happy is the little stone by Emily Dickinson

This sweet Dickinson poem personifies a stone. She describes its rambling adventures, evoking joy and whimsy in the reader. The stone is a symbol of the ideal life. That is one filled with happiness and freedom. She begins the poem with: 

How happy is the little Stone

That rambles in the Road alone,

And doesn’t care about Careers

And Exigencies never fears—

The stone is independent and satisfied in its lack of direction. It doesn’t “care,” she adds, about a career, nor does it “fear” a sudden demand or emergency. 

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The Trouble with Geraniums by Mervyn Peake 

The Trouble with Geraniums’ is one of Peake’s best-known poems. It discusses confidence and self-perception. The poem takes the reader through several amusing statements about the nature of very basic things. For example: 

The trouble with geraniums
is that they’re much too red!
The trouble with my toast is that
it’s far too full of bread

The poet also speaks about bread and the stars. He asserts that he is troubled by their nature before revealing that, in reality, he’s troubled by his own nature. It conveys important themes regarding loving oneself and acceptance. 

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The People Upstairs by Ogden Nash

‘The People Upstairs’ is a cute children’s poem that uses nonsense language and hyperbole to describe the outrageous things the upstairs neighbors might be doing. The poet, who is well-known for his entertaining poems for children, wrote: 

The people upstairs all practise ballet

Their living room is a bowling alley

Their bedroom is full of conducted tours.

Their radio is louder than yours,

They celebrate week-ends all the week.

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The Wildflower’s Song by William Blake 

‘The Wildflower’s Song’ by William Blake is a short poem that paints a portrait of a wildflower. The “Flower” found peace and comfort within its grounded, simple approach to life (one that the poet seems to be promoting and which may remind readers of Dickinson’s ‘How happy is the little stone’). The poem reads: 

As I wander’d the forest,

The green leaves among,

I heard a wild flower

Singing a song.

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On Children by Kahlil Gibran 

Kahlil Gibran’s ‘On Children’ explores how parents should think about their children. The speaker asserts that they shouldn’t think about them as their property but as part of something universal. If parents try to shape their minds with their ideas, they are eliminating the inherent power of their souls. These lines are included in the poem: 

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.

     And he said:

     Your children are not your children.

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Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

This cute poem asserts the value of kindness in the modern world and how we can incorporate this attitude into our hearts. A person has to be open-minded to discover how kindness shaped them. For example: 

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,

you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.

You must wake up with sorrow.

You must speak to it till your voice

catches the thread of all sorrows

and you see the size of the cloth.

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Girl Friend by C.D. Wright

‘Girl Friend’ by C.D. Wright is a poem about the first encounter between the speaker and the person they fall in love with. The speaker recalls how the first time they saw their love, she was beautiful. As soon as they saw her, they knew that they were going to fall in love with her. The poet writes in the first lines: 

When I first saw her a few summers ago I felt.

Her photogenic spit.

I was climbing a coruscating staircase.

In my flammable skin. To be so full of.

Everything. At her age. It is very difficult.

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FAQs 

How to write a cute poem? 

To write a cute poem, you need to pick a subject that you, and most other people, think is cute. For example, new love, a child’s imagination, or a sweet moment between a couple who has been together for years. Make sure to focus on this subject throughout and stay away from particularly dark or distributing images. 

What is a cute poem? 

A cute poem can be defined as any piece of poetry that uses simple, interesting language in a way that entertains the reader and likely makes them smile. These poems could be written with young readers in mind or all audiences. 

What is a short love poem?

 A short love poem is a brief, to-the-point piece of poetry that discusses the theme of love. It could take any form, like a sonnet, haiku, or limerick, that doesn’t run for too many lines. These poems could discuss new love, old love, heartbreak, or desire. 

What is the most beautiful love poem ever written?

Some of the most beautiful love poems ever written include How Do I Love Thee?by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 116by William Shakespeare, and Love Sonnet XIby Pablo Neruda

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