Saturday, April 11, 2020

Day 11 ~ “Terse Verse” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Day 11 ~ “Terse Verse” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

We have had SO much fun with this the last several years that I thought it would be perfect for your busy Saturday – maybe sheltering at home you aren’t all that busy – then you can make up a bunch of these!! And for those of you who are new this year - you are in for a fun treat! And we could all use that about now, right? 

And – I’m just going to double-check and/or update a few things but basically post the same guidelines and examples as last year, because even though I never left the house on Friday, it was THAT kind of a day. Phew. Glad it’s over.

OK, here ya’ go ~
It will put a smile on your face!! It takes a bit of figuring things out at first, but once you hang of it – it’s hard to stop creating them!!

A “Terse Verse” is usually 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. So, if you use a one-syllable word for the first word, then the second word also needs to be a one-syllable word, or both need to be 2 syllables, etc.

Here are a few of my examples:             

RIDDLE QUESTION: What do you call a joke-telling rabbit?
TERSE VERSE (answer): “Funny Bunny”

What do you call a miserable cat?
“Crabby Tabby”

What do you call a cucumber that can’t make up its mind?
“Fickle Pickle”

What do you call polite frozen water?
“Nice Ice”

       All of the above terse verses © Stephanie Abney

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:

And here are a few from some of the participants of “Poetry Month” – they gave me permission to use in my book (still forthcoming) so I’m pretty sure they are good with me sharing their cleverness here!!

What do you call a dog that writes?
Blog Dog
                        ~ © 2018 Connie Cockrell

What do you call an antique tire?
Rare Spare.
                        ~ © 2018 Sue Fullmer

What do you call a donut on social media?
Twitter Fritter
                        ~ © 2018 Victoria Firth

What do you call laughing pennies?
Funny Money
                        ~ © 2017 Peggy Barker 

IF YOU ARE ON FB ~ come join us in our private FB group - we share our poems from these daily posts - there's some amazing poetry writing going on - you're sure to be inspired: A Month of Poetry "30 poems in 30 days"

PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!

Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.


Vicki said...

I have to apologize now, because some of these are a little weird.

Day 11-Terse Verse
What to you call rain on steroids?
Power Shower

What do you call a dead raccoon in your town’s water source?
Blood Flood

What is a toilet plunger called on the Enterprise?
Crusher Flusher

What do you call very old dead fish?
Mushy Sushi

What do you call “passing gas” really fast?
Combustive Adjustive

What do you call a hidden black sheep?
Allegorical Metaphorical

Amy A said...

What what do you call a toot while painting a masterpiece?
Artsy Fartsy

Louie said...

What do you call an accused flower bouquet?
Vase Case

What do you call a two-year-old with diarrhea?
Hyper Diaper


Here are two.

What do you call empty space on a shelf?
Book Nook

What to you call a speaker’s opening?
Meeting Greeting

Stephanie Abney said...

Oh, my, these are all fabulous!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's my bit. My computer is doing bad things to my art and it's driving me nutz. Anywho, here is my bit: