I’ve loved ABC books and A-Z lists for quite a while. As a teacher I’ve used the A-Z idea for brainstorming new topics, for studying, and for writing. This post is one in a series on writing, with the subtopic of poetry.
Journalists often say to one another, ‘Don’t get it right; get it written,’ and this is not such a bad rule in any kind of writing. You can always go back and change it later if you think it could be improved, but at least it’s done. – Maeve Binchy
For the poetry focus, I will try an epigram. Epigrams are short satirical poems ending with either a humorous retort or a stinging punch line. Used mainly as expressions of social criticism or political satire, the most common forms are written as a couplet: a pair of rhymed lines in the same meter.
Here is an example by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.
Here’s my try:
She typed away her little tweet
So-and-So swept me off my feet
A revealing selfie giddily sent
Oops! Not to the one for which it was meant!