We have had a couple of in depth poetry discussions over the last couple of weeks and a big thank you for taking part in the conversations. Today I thought I would bring a lighter air and a bit of fun to the Café and have a little poetry competition.
Earlier this week I had been doing some reading and came across what is claimed to be the world’s shortest poem. It is titled, Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes, or Fleas as it is more commonly known. The poem is a couplet written by Strickland Gillilan.
Ogden Nash wrote a poem in a similar vein called Further Reflections on Parsley.
In 1975 boxer Muhammed Ali was giving a speech at Harvard University and discussing poetry on stage with journalist George Plimpton. When asked for the shortest poem of all time, Plimpton recited “Fleas” and Ali responded, “I’ve got one: Me? Whee!”
The challenge in the café today, is can you write the world’s shortest poem? I don’t know what rules apply but let’s keep the Poetry Police on their toes and have a no rules competition. Here’s my offering to start (in the style of Spike Milligan.)
The prize is a big high five from the baristas. The floor is yours.