Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Day 27 ~ “Terse Verse” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Ever since I discovered this fun little poetry form 5 years ago, I haven’t been able to resist using it every year. Writing “terse verses” is so fun and quick, but it’s a bit tricky!!

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”
[2 syllable word (fun-ny) & 2 syllable word (bun-ny)]

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 backward 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: http://www.rhymezone.com/

And here are a few from some of the past participants of “Poetry Month” – (used with permission) Check out their cleverness:


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 


Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Cheers!!


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Unknown said...

Day 27-Terse Verse

What’s a parrot with a potty-mouth?
A dirty birdy

What’s a puppy who’s been playing in the rain?
A soggy doggy

What’s an overfed feline?
A fat cat

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Mine are here: