Language and Humor

Twitter Poems

These are some of the (non-haiku) short poem drafts that I’ve written for Twitter posts.

They’re more about initial creative bursts than crafting; some of them were written in fifteen minutes or so. They’re all untitled with a word or words as a prompt (to the right). See also Twitter Haiku.

limp amid external forces

bereft, adrift, alone

drained of life and value

a child delights in crunch of leaf

[bereft]

carmine ink

deluded rivulets

surging down paper napkin

hoarding your final words

[carmine (=vivid red)]

wind tiptoes in shadows

sunlight crinkles in corner

trepidation caroms and dandles all

[trepidation]

the past cast out

embarrassing tatterdemalion eras

now embracing the patchwork quilt

[tatterdemalion (=tattered)]

churlish fog surrounds

surly gusts churn

murmured words

converse

of discussion

[churlish]

strength sapped

countenance cracked

brood's burdens borne

unladen funeral chairs

[countenance]

life story

scrawled archipelago

arising from inky sea

beneath lies beads entwined

profound ties

[archipelago, bead]

life's account

bears no balance

of what's given and taken

only of what you reconcile

[account]

blind to opportunities

frightening fever dream

know it's not real

can't stop

must return to on redozing

replace everything

[blind]

ancient ritual

energetic elder still takes part

unstructured youths just float about

parchment of plants unabated

[ancient]

the air of that world engulfed

gulped by lungs to blood to every cell

unnoticed

and unnourishing

[air]

one pries from group

trivial alone

bonny blanket

muddy mire

snowflake alights

catch for child's tongue

[pry]

she crafts a home

never complete

scrabble to eat

cloaked in the tapestry of life

spider sighs and poisons visitor

[complete]

diamonds caress eyes

brocades embrace fingertips

feel opulent

when I behold

my child

[opulent (=rich, luxurious)]

Answer alternates

sneering patrician

giggling coquette

knows

I'm not ready to ask her

the question

[answer]

sitting on sidelines

regarding not rollicking

no bruises

no mark left anywhere

[bruise]

undulating chatoyant dreams

down mountainous steeps

phantasmagore on buoyant streams

through bounteous sleep

[chatoyant (=shiny like cats' eyes)]
[Phantasmagore is made up from phantasmogoria (=ever-changing scenes as in dreams).]

pursuing the labyrinth

passed over the truth

the walls of that life:

paper-thin transience

[labyrinth]

unsaliently sailing past

on the slightest wafting

persisting but not wanting

to be incognito

[incognito (=in disguise, with hidden identity)]

eider down round my heart

beats bound from slightest brush

found myself in you

preterite pronoun

profit from loss

[profit]

gusts send desiccated grains of snow

slithering across the street

sizzling chatter of eagerness

to regale their peers

[peer]

snake and rat

lunge and jump

waltz of life

[waltz]

the lambent sun rends ivory shawls

bares the gangles but spares the tips

marshmallows for Titans' campfires

[shawl]