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Short, Sweet And To The Point Poems


Many years ago I read a wonderful and quite clever poem by Spike Milligan. It was a rather short poem, and it has stuck with me ever since...

Said Hamlet To Ophelia
Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I'll draw a sketch of thee.
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?

Spike Milligan

I have always enjoyed the challenge of writing short, pithy poems, ever since encountering Spike's poem. Here are a few examples of short form poetry. They are no less challenging than a longer poem. The economy of words means you have to make sure every single word pulls its weight. There's nowhere for any words to hide.  I encourage anyone holding, within, a desire to write short, pithy poetry to join in and have some fun with this short form poetry...

You Have Risen In My Estimates

You have risen in my estimates

You are now at 37

That’s a significant improvement

-You started at 11

Alan j Wright








Haiku Huffiness

Haikus get huffy

When you don’t play by the rules

Watch…

Alan j Wright







Move Along Now

If the humble snail

Was equipped with a sail

It would surely move faster

-without fail.

Alan j Wright          


Meltdown

My sister 

Threw a tantrum once…

It struck the wall

Bounced down the stairs

And knocked the cat over.

Alan j Wright

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Comments

  1. So much love for short form poetry, that builds writing muscles, puts the spotlight on vocabulary, and creativity and very often prompts a smile. No surprises as to which one's my favourite, Al. Sails for Snails!

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    1. Find myself in fierce agreement Kat. Glad the snail didn't fail.

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  2. You are right it’s such fun
    With the rain or the sun
    You are right , you’re so right
    You can’t help bring Wright

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  3. These are so fun, Alan...you have a kanck for pithy, witty light verse!

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    1. Thanks Matt. Have to admit I very easily rise to the challenge it presents.

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  4. I love the snail, too, & because of Kat, but throwing that tantrum made me laugh a lot! Short is not easy!

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    1. Thanks Linda. The short form is both challenging and rewarding.

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  5. I love these! You always make me laugh! I too like short pithy funny poems. Never heard throwing a tantrum taken literally and now I wonder why hasn't anyone thought of that?

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    1. Thanks Janice. Laughter is a good emotion to evoke in a reader. Glad you enjoyed the tantrum poem.

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  6. Thank you for sharing these Alan! I like the "threw a tantrum" poem. It made me think about how I could use figurative concepts like this literally in stories. Like, what did the tantrum look like? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Tim. It was fun to turn a tantrum into something concrete. Pleased it struck a chord for you as a reader. Personification of emotions is quite fun to tackle.

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  7. LOL! Each one of your short poems made me smile. How do I know? I'm catching up on Poetry Friday posts while waiting for my book club to begin on zoom and I caught myself smiling on camera as I read these fun poems. Great post!

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    1. Pleased my short poems delivered smiles Linda. You have even provided evidence-I'm impressed.

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  8. Your huffy haiku made me laugh! Well done all the way around!

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    1. Thank you Mary Lee. Glad the huffy haiku was a hoot for you.

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  9. Oh, aren't these fun! I like the huffy haiku, and my favorite has to be that tantrum hitting the wall had me laughing out loud. So cute! Thanks for the challenge.

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    1. So pleased by your response to my short form poetry Denise. May you also find pleasure in writing in this manner.

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  10. Such fun poems! I love the huffy haiku! I think writing short poems is oftentimes more difficult than longer ones. These were fun to read!

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    1. Thank you Leigh Anne. They are fun to write too.

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  11. Your haiku poem is the best. You just can't play by the rules.

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    1. It is what my dear Uncle often refers to as being 'quietly subversive,' Jone. Sometimes, it's fun to step into the naughty zone...

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