"The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver" by James GillrayShortest Poem Poetry Contest The Society May 9, 2018 From the Society, Humor, Poetry, Poetry Contests 78 Comments Write the shortest possible rhyming poem that still has meaning. Post it in the comments section below under your full name and general area of residence (“Bob Smith, Denver, Colorado”). You may choose any topic, but please be respectful and no dirty humor. Two entries allowed per poet. When: Now June 9, 2018 midnight EST. Winner Announced June 16, 2018. Who: Anyone in the world, any age or background, may participate. From within the Society, anyone not involved in judging the contest may participate. Prize: $100 Judge: Advisory Board Members who choose to participate Entry Fee: None Examples: Our first example comes from Joe Tessitore of New York City, New York, who came up with this contest. Thank you, Joe! Cooperation One ant can’t. A classic example comes from Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954). It has also been published under the name “Fleas”: Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes Adam Had’em Related Post ‘Joy Comes’ and Other Poetry by Rachel Holbrook Joy Comes Softly silent; kindly kept, ___the haunted hours crept. Moonlit minutes—marked and mute, ___the lonely doubt takes root. The tendrils t... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 78 Responses Zachary Dilks May 9, 2018 Zachary Dilks, Austin TX She left, bereft Reply Zachary Dilks May 9, 2018 Zachary Dilks, Austin TX “Love Through The Ages” She left, bereft Reply Michael Burch May 9, 2018 The Proper Response to Offers of Government Assistance Oh no! Michael R. Burch, Nashville, TN Reply Michael Burch May 9, 2018 Highly Condensed Version of the Declaration of Independence Be Free Michael R. Burch, Nashville, TN Reply Yvette Beshier May 9, 2018 One Thing People Hate to Admit. Yvette Beshier, East Orange, New Jersey I lie. Reply Sathyanarayana May 9, 2018 To rhyme thy writ! Search where my wit? It’s all in whits… oh how to knit? Reply Yvette Beshier May 9, 2018 Seafood Festival Fun Yvette Beshier, East Orange, New Jersey Grab, crab. Reply David Hollywood May 9, 2018 Old Age What seasons doth a life gone past? As ventures! do they show, A body aged, and wisest cast, Into an embers glow. Past Tomorrows Past tomorrows, come and stay, Timed pressed presents, gifts today, Passing backwards, thoughts that say, Gentle times, now gone a way. David Hollywood, presently: Villars – sur – Ollon, Switzerland Reply Carole Mertz May 9, 2018 Carole Mertz lives in Parma, Ohio. Title: To the Progeny of a Bi-racial Marriage Transcend the blend Reply Carole Mertz May 9, 2018 Carole Mertz of Parma, Ohio Fatigued by a Loquacious Friend Gab, grab cab Reply David Paul Behrens May 9, 2018 Knowledge I was born, that’s it. I learned how to spit. David Paul Behrens La Verne, CA Reply David Paul Behrens May 9, 2018 A Rhyme For Orange I tore my pants upon the door hinge As I walked outside to pick an orange. Reply Dusty Grein May 9, 2018 ~ Oregon State, US ~ — [Broken Trust] You lied… I cried, then died inside. — [Clarity] For disambiguation, just eschew obfuscation. — Reply Linda Imbler May 9, 2018 Abate hate. Reply Linda Imbler May 9, 2018 Fame came. Reply Suchitra Das May 9, 2018 (Survival) Seeds feed needs. (Freedom) Uncaged bird; Music heard. Fremont, CA Reply C.B. Anderson May 9, 2018 Transcendental Thoreau Wrote slow. Self-reliant That Ralph Was top-shelf. Reply Amy Foreman May 9, 2018 Amy Foreman of Cascabel, Arizona Short Poem Rules This sort Of sport Is short. Don’t snort. My song, So strong, Not wrong, Or long, Is brief Relief, A chief Motif That’s small, Withal, To all Enthrall. Reply Amy Foreman May 9, 2018 Amy Foreman of Cascabel, Arizona A Parent’s Advice on Winning: To my children, on winning: Don’t shun The one Outdone, My son. Reply James A. Tweedie May 9, 2018 Unintentional poems I have actually seen. A sign in Logan, Utah: City Center Parking Enter A postage cancellation mark from South Australia Postage Paid Adelaide Reply Jack Michael Dashiell May 9, 2018 Romantic Summary When you approach my frequency ascends, When you depart it falls and slowly ends. Reply Hibah Shabkhez May 10, 2018 Give. Live. Reply Hibah Shabkhez May 10, 2018 Title : Life’s Secret Reply Hibah Shabkhez May 10, 2018 Hibah Shabkhez, Paris, France Title : Torsade Crust kist Chocolate twist Come enthrall Us all Reply Joe Tessitore May 10, 2018 Overheard at Ballet Class “Pirouette?” “No, yet!” Reply Joe Tessitore May 10, 2018 Oops, Joe Tessitore, New York, New York Reply Marie-Anna May 10, 2018 fabric hate fabricated yam yum Reply Marie-Anna May 10, 2018 fabric hate fabricated yam yum sending again…left out place South Africa Reply Bernnard Austin May 10, 2018 oh,mysterious time, tick tick tick tick… you keep singing to our ears, Telling us the end is near, Bernnard Austin, Lagos, Nigeria Reply David Watt May 10, 2018 David Watt, Canberra, Australia Slow Service We ate at eight. Too late! Reply Reid McGrath May 10, 2018 “Capitalism” One man can. Reply Reid McGrath May 10, 2018 Pawling, NY Reply Rohini Sunderam May 10, 2018 Who called whom The womb? The tomb! Reply Joe Tessitore May 10, 2018 Since I didn’t know that my example was going to be an entry can I add a second line to it so it reads: one ant can’t three? maybe Joe Tessitore New York, NY Reply The Society May 10, 2018 Of course, Joe. Reply Eponine May 10, 2018 I M A G I N E Reply Eponine May 10, 2018 I M A G I N E . . . Reply Eponine May 10, 2018 I believe, Therefore I am. Reply Lou Fortunato May 10, 2018 Lou Fortunato, Apex, North Carolina My Humor… I dribble drivel Reply Shiny Titus May 10, 2018 Origin of deception Eve Deceive!!! Shiny Titus New York Reply Shiny Titus May 10, 2018 Shiny Titus , New York Epitome of Love “For your embrace I forego paradise “ Reply Mutshidzi Kwinda, Eastern Cape, South Africa May 10, 2018 To my cancer scars The eloquence, a sign of survival Either visible or hidden, you are a symbol of bravery The essence, definition of a fighting warrior, a phenomenal A knock of a slight oblivious rage-subconscious trickery Let the soul pour out a lavish smile of pride It is flesh not soul injured, you assured From a broken temple, courage and bliss you provide A panacea of battles fought and conquered To you is hidden a million intriguing reasons why? The reason you exist is perplexing yet amusing and greater A mark only a warrior can imprint with no shy A vanquisher, fighter… A true victor! I admire you I embrace you Reply Carmine Jablonsky May 10, 2018 To make or spend To earn or burn Hunt or feast Bliss in the end Reply E.J. Hagadorn May 10, 2018 E.J. Hagadorn, Farmington, CT “Scoff” Poetry, shmoetry! Reply Joan Carol Fullmore May 10, 2018 When time to Quit Don’t say Wit! Reply LUCY CORTESE May 10, 2018 EULOGY Fred’s dead STOOD UP Bride cried Jacksonville, FL 32224 Reply Leo Yankevich May 11, 2018 RUSSIAN ROULETTE Bang, poof, the devils dance! Neither side had a chance. Trumpster showed his dukes. and Putin sent back nukes. —Leo Yankevich, Gliwice, Poland Reply Leo Yankevich May 11, 2018 RUSSIAN ROULETTE Bang, poof, the devils dance! Neither side had a chance. Trumpster showed his dukes, and Putin sent back nukes. —Leo Yankevich, Gliwice, Poland Reply Rachel Holbrook May 11, 2018 Rachel Holbrook Knoxville, TN “Dangerous Disappointment” Resident president. Reply Leo Yankevich May 11, 2018 LIBERALS (poem 2) Christians who neither search, believe or go to church. Leo Yankevich, Gliwice, Poland Reply Sathyanarayana May 11, 2018 This tome, a song of holy om; a roaming soul’s journey along the yonder dome, ov’r ocean foam to reach the home, we all belong. (This poem is from my book FINDING THE MOTHER , published in 2012) Sathyanarayana, Nellore, India Reply Phemelo, Pretoria (South Africa) May 11, 2018 Many travel the world in search of what’s outside themselves Yeah, sometimes we go astray before we pass the test Reply Bruce E. Wren May 12, 2018 Meditation on Aging Such amazement at where his days went! Reply Mark Soier May 12, 2018 Here’s a short poem fem Mark Soifer; Where ver I go-Ego Reply Leonard Dabydeen May 12, 2018 Invitation Visitor is a critter. Wall Tab Stick ‘um with gum. Leonard Dabydeen, Brampton, Ontario. Reply Jose Rizal M. Reyes May 13, 2018 Torture Well, tell. Jose Rizal M. Reyes Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines Reply Jose Rizal M. Reyes May 13, 2018 Reconciliation? No! Go! Jose Rizal M. Reyes Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines Reply Tonya McQuade May 13, 2018 Tonya McQuade, San Jose, CA Don’t be a fool; School is cool, Not your Juul. Reply Jose Rizal M. Reyes May 19, 2018 I’ve stopped smoking for a month or two by now without Juul. 🙂 But I was wondering earlier today if … I can smoke during my birthday and a month thereafter (being the birthday of my namesake). That means being able to smoke during the said two days each year. If you were my fairy godmother, Tonya, would you grant to me those two days when I could enjoy the right and freedom to smoke? It means I wouldn’t still smoke for the rest of the year. Jose RMR Reply Jose Rizal M. Reyes May 19, 2018 Please reply quickly. There are only a few hours left in my current birthday. 🙁 Tonya McQuade May 19, 2018 If you’re able to limit yourself to those two days a year, then sure, go for it if it makes you happy. Happy Birthday! Jose Rizal M. Reyes May 20, 2018 Too late the heroine. My birthday is over 🙁 But comes June 19, I’ll consider what you said. I posted my 2 entries right before your first. And you mentioned Juul which I found out is related to smoking. Maybe it was a divine sign … that you have been appointed by Heaven … to decide on the two-day privilege or indulgence … that I was contemplating on. Thanks. Tonya McQuade May 20, 2018 Hi Again – I would not ever encourage you to use heroin, even on your birthday. You asked whether I thought it was okay to smoke a Juul twice a year (at least that’s what I thought you asked). To that, I said go ahead, if you can do so without being addicted. I personally hate any kind of smoking, and a lot of middle and high school students have recently taken to smoking Juuls, thinking they are “cool” and not as bad for them as cigarettes. They can be equally addictive and are a very bad choice, especially for young people – that’s why I wrote the poem I did. Jose Rizal M. Reyes May 21, 2018 Hi Tonya! I don’t know what Juul is. I first met the word in your post. It had a strange, unusual spelling so I looked up for its meaning. My understanding was that it was some sort of a safe substitute substance or something — just like candy or chewing gum, for instance. So what I meant was I stopped smoking cigarette for a month or two without the aid or Juul or anything. I simply quit smoking (which I offered to God in exchange for healing my mother who developed a rare disease in her blood vessels.) I was thus surprised by your mention of heroine. I have never taken any drugs in all my life … and grew up in a culture where drug addicts … were looked down upon. Cigarette is — or was — my sole vice. I drink very occasionally but I can live without it. But when I do drink, I only enjoy it if … I am smoking. So if I would celebrate my birthday with a drink, for instance, I could only enjoy the drink if I can smoke cigarette at the same time. Reply James Lewis Huss May 13, 2018 James Lewis Huss Taipei, Taiwan Gasp My grasp Would surely Make you gasp, But I Am rightly Paralyzed. Reply James Lewis Huss May 13, 2018 James Lewis Huss Taipei, Taiwan Stake My stake in her My heart may break. Reply Bruce E. Wren May 13, 2018 Meditation on Aging So múch amázement At whére his dáys went. (Variation on first submission; accents added to clarify stressed syllables) Reply Tonya McQuade May 13, 2018 Tonya McQuade, San Jose, CA That map app is crap. Reply Luke Knutson May 13, 2018 Aurora, Illinois Title: A Plea from SAT Questions Twenty-Seven to Thirty-Three BAD DAD Reply Nathan Evans May 14, 2018 Nathan Evans, Baltimore OH “Love Emancipated” First Kiss Heart’s bliss “Waking Nightmare” Decaf morn’, forewarn! Reply Jason Larsen May 14, 2018 The functional way Of feng shui Jason W Larsen, Connecticut Reply Bob McGinness, Columbia, SC May 14, 2018 (1) Meditation for a nation. (2) Tolerance, Compassion, Acceptance, in fashion. Reply Dylan R.T. Gibbons, Toronto, ON May 15, 2018 “Discontent from Living in an Ugly City” There is no quaint churchyard for which to speak Or romantic tumult for which to peek; And the only place I can read my Keats Is at home, in bed, atop linen sheets. Reply Adina Wagner May 15, 2018 Adina Wagner, Brunschweig (GER) I lived. And died. But I tried. Reply Zachary Dilks May 16, 2018 Zachary Dilks, Austin TX “I’m Okay” Ok, okay! Reply Jack Michael Dashiell May 16, 2018 Romantic Couplet For love at first sight, spreading waves begin, We most perceive the content, not the skin. Reply priya sharma May 20, 2018 Being Human is…….being you! Reply priya sharma May 20, 2018 I came to my aid. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.