Today I’ve been trying to write Twitter poetry, reducing myself to 140 letters in total. What a discipline that is, and I don’t know whether it’s possible to say anything meaningful. What do you think?


Skydiver, skydiver,

Just  wondering why,

You flung yourself out,

Into infinite sky.

Try it again?

Are you insane?

I’ve also noticed that ‘short story’ competitions are getting even shorter. There are quite a few around that require 250 words, 100 words or even 50 words. Why is this? I fear the judges can’t be bothered to read much… too busy and all that. Soon I’ll have completely lost the art of writing at length and all my work will sound like old telegrams. It’s going to be quite a task to carry on with my  150,ooo word novel, still languishing on the bookcase.

About rhymebydesign

Mother, grandmother, mainstream poet and short story writer. Started off in life as a teacher, but then moved out of the classroom in to educational administration. Curious about what makes people tick, including my own tickings! I enjoy long walks, thought provoking books, theatre and leading a simple life. I offer a customised poetry writing service for any occasion you might like to mark. Contact me at for a quick quote.

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