A Collection of Micropoetry

I like to write micropoetry on twitter, limiting myself to 140 characters (128 if you include the hashtag).

I collect my micro musings in a document with the aim of publishing a book of poetry (I’ve seen a review of a book of 140 twitter fictions so why not a book of micropoetry?)

But I shall share the more recent ones with you here.


Which one(s) did you like best? Why?

First Date

an open packet of plain chips
(you prefer Salt and Vinegar)
we scrabble for the scraps
and lick the grease
from our fingers


In an act of irony
I draw trees on paper
And stick them
On my wall
An ecological conundrum
Where I can’t see
The forest for the trees

Unravelling and Resonating

The unravelling of each other
Pulling at threads of fault
Leaves only a mirror
To reflect and resonate
Our own insecurities

Trivial Dust

Death makes trivial objects
of us all; dust becoming dust
As I wipe my finger
Along the photo frame
My reflection echoes yours


Hamlet declared
Conscience does make
cowards of us all
For we ultimately fear
What holds us back
When it should
Push us forward

64 responses to “A Collection of Micropoetry

  1. Wow, these are really cool. My favourite one is “Irony”.

  2. These are great, and I absolutely LOVE this idea! Very cool / inspiring.

  3. Love the imagery in “First Date”

  4. andrewpitkinsax

    I thought “First Date” had great imagery. Very understated and raw.

  5. Conscience for “…we ultimately fear what holds us back when it should push us forwards”.Very simple and true.

  6. These are incredibly clever. So much said in so few words.

  7. Brevity means every single word has to count. Less is more. Super idea.

  8. I like “Irony”. What do you call this type of poetry?

  9. Adam, congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  10. I like “Conscience” the best. I’m going to keep it in the back pocket of my mind when things get tough.

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  12. Congrats on being freshly pressed! Well deserved πŸ™‚

  13. Reblogged this on Sandra Navarro Weblog and commented:
    Easy way to say how you feel

  14. Lovely….truly creative and pensive…let’s be in touch….I am following you for that

  15. Thank you to everyone for the Likes, Follows, Comments and general awesomeness. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read and help spread the love. It is much appreciated.

  16. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  17. Hey nice work! I liked Trivial Dust and Irony πŸ™‚

  18. These are wonderful! Made me want to try it out sometime

  19. These are amazing…I like unraveling and resonating…:-)

  20. My first day on WordPress, just trying to find what’s out there.
    What luck finding your blog!!! Love it.

  21. rejectreality101

    These are all very clever and thoughtful poems. Great work!

  22. I love teaching micro fiction and really enjoyed reading your poetry. I’m trying to get my creative writing class into blogging. Do you have any advice?

    • The important part is to focus on the moment you are writing about, to find it’s essence. That becomes the starting point. Then it’s the limitations of word count, character count or boundaries of the paper you are working on (I often write poems on Post It Notes, a forced brevity of word count). Most of all, experiment with language, word placement, order of words; trying to find the best words to capture the moment you want the reader to experience.
      My poems focus on an event, a memory, an experience and I create a character or persona to tell the story. Other poems are based on an idea and then it is finding a way to express it.
      Good luck with your teaching.

  23. Irony was wonderful. Very clever. Although all of them are great. Keep it up!

  24. Good post! I like conscience and first date

  25. Creative Brevity

    I really liked the first one about the potato chips, really nice. That was really my favorite one out of all of them, although I liked some of the other ones too. I could really almost taste the salt and vinegar chips that are the other person’s favorite, even though they’re only having plain ones this time. I really like salt and vinegar chips too. πŸ™‚

    Great little micropoetries, really liked them. πŸ™‚

  26. Very clever and well written micro poems. Love it!

  27. Supera Matris

    Irony was my favorite. I had never heard of micro poetry but your poetry gave me a new-found interest! I hate haiku! and just am generally a poetry snob. But your poems really stood out. Good work!

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  29. I loved “Conscience” – and not just for the Shakespeare reference. Wonderful! And timely too! I just posted about and illustrated some very short poems (one liners known as monostitches) on


    Keep the Micro-poems coming! Thanks!

    • I really like the idea of illustrated poetry, the essence of a line distilled and supported by the image. I’ve been having a look at your site and it’s quite intriguing.

  30. Reblogged this on illustrated poetry and commented:
    I’m clearly not the only one who thinks about micro-poetry! This was featured on WordPress Freshly Pressed too!

  31. I want to love First Date, but it stabs me a little, so Irony it is.

  32. I really like Irony.

  33. Reblogged this on intentionally ordinary and commented:
    I love the meaningful imagery said in such few simple words.

  34. love ‘Unravelling and Resonating’ and ‘trivial dust’

  35. I, too, aspire toward minimalism. Trivial Dust works best for me here. Remembrance. Existentialism. Mortality. Life. All represented here. And the imagery is vivid.

  36. First date is my favourite.

  37. Tonya R. Moore

    I like First Date the most–there’sa sort of humble sincerity to it that I find quite touching.

  38. These are interesting; almost like a postmodern version of haikus.

    Conscience is especially drawing to me, especially since with the word Shakespeare meant what we call consciousness, but both that and conscious bring different perspectives to the text.

  39. These are all so wonderful! I can’t pick a favorite. It is also inspiring. This would be a great writing exercise for me. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Very much like these you have done so much in so little space. Trivial dust and First Date favourites for me.

  41. “First date” for the fact that I can taste it too

  42. I love Conscience. It really makes sense to the situation I’m in now.

  43. I love all…I love the free style and creativity of modern poetry…we are liberated!:)

  44. Extremely clever. I’ve never seen anything like this on Twitter. Glad to see this social media medium being used for more than 140 characters of nonsense. I think my favorite is “Conscience”.

  45. I adore Micropoetry, too! I wrote a number of them. “Unravelling and Resonating” would have to be my favorite.

  46. Congratulations. What a wordsmith.

  47. Fantastic… I might challenge myself to this sometime. Great writing, thank you for sharing πŸ˜‰

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