Some spanking verse is light verse, often in such forms as the Limerick or the nursery rhyme, intended to give a grin or chuckle or otherwise to have a lighthearted moment for a person interested in spanking. Other verse is more seriously intended, a way of expressing emotions and feelings connected with spanking sexuality or interests. Most such verse is written by amateurs — people with little or no formal training in the writing of poetry, and who are not published poets, just as most spanking stories are not written by professional authors.
A particular sub-form is spanking parody in which the words of a well known song or poem are altered to have a spanking connotation or reference.
Much modern poetry is free-form, abandoning the concept of fixed verse forms. Much spanking verse follows this trend, but spanking verse retains the use of fixed verse forms perhaps more often than does modern serious verse in general.
An example of an attempt at serious spanking verse, using a classic verse form is "Catharsis", a sestina by Don A. Landhill. This verse was created for the 2003 Summer Story Contest on the soc.sexuality.spanking newsgroup. (The author publicly stated that anyone is allowed to reproduce this verse, provided that the author's byline and copyright notice are retained.)
Catharsis: a sestina
|“|| She turned about, and saw me raise my crop.
She winced, eyes glinting, almost filled with tears,
“'Twas disrespect, my love, no light offense,
With that I stopped, for I had said enough.
She stood. I pointed to the bench again,
“My soul, is due for what I’ve done. I tore to shreds
But soon enough, she turned again to tears
Now this offence will not occur again
|— By Don A. Landhill, 2003|