Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 12 ~ How to Write a “Terse Verse” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

So how about a little levity for today? Here’s a poetry form I have never tried before. It’s called a “Terse Verse” and is quite often funny.

It’s actually a riddle with a two-word rhyming answer, basically a synonym. The tricky part is that the two words in the answer must also have the same number of syllables. 

Here are a few examples from the web:

What do you call a rabbit’s seat?
TERSE VERSE: “Hare’s Chair.”

What do you call a quizzing friend?
“Study Buddy”

What makes a dark room bright?
“Night Light”

What do you call a pig in an earthquake?
“Shaken Bacon”

I think the Rhyme Zone tool would come in handy for this – it might be easier to approach this poetry form backwards by finding a double rhyming two-word phrase with equal syllables and then create a question or riddle for it.

Here’s the Rhyme Zone tool link:

Crazy, right? Here are a few I came up with:


What do you call a cucumber that can’t make up 

its mind?  

“Fickle Pickle”

What do you call polite frozen water?

“Nice Ice”

What do you call a joke-telling rabbit? 

 “Funny Bunny”


What do you call a miserable cat?

“Crabby Tabby”

What do you call an angry garbanzo?

“Mean Bean”

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Vicki said...

This is fun!!

Day 12-Terse Verse

What do you call being short of breath?
Scant Pant

What do you call an overpriced musical instrument?
Guitar Afar

What do you call a fancy camera?
Photo Gizmo

What do you call a fabric obsession?
Quilt Guilt

Peggy Barker said...

What does a pretty girl say in answer to a cute pickup line?
Maybe baby

What do you call laughing pennies?
Funny money

What do you call a rodent's shirt?
A mouse blouse

What do you call a chimp who eats too much?
A chunky monkey

What do you call couch potato switching channels on the remote?
A dropout's workout

Stephanie Abney said...

Ha Ha Ha ~ these are all GREAT, Vicki & Peggy!! Fun stuff!! Cheers!!