Narrative poems tell a story and can be about anything. They include a plot and characters. These poems could either be short or long or have a complex story. They do not have to rhyme or have a rhyming pattern. Narratives are usually dramatic and include ballads, epics, idylls, and lays.

Lucky Pebble

By Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Do you want to know why

this pebble is lucky?

I found it while camping

four hours away.

And before we drove home

I carefully placed it

right on the bumper.

I hoped it would stay.

And it did.

Through a rainstorm and traffic,

through many a mile,

my pebble stayed put.

When I hold it I smile

for it makes me remember

when we traveled so far

and my pebble rode

all the way home on our car.