I’ve been writing a series of #tinypoems on Twitter the past several days, and I think I will continue to challenge myself to do this. It’s a good early-morning-while-drinking-my-coffee activity to get my brain moving and my emotions bubbling. And it’s not so demanding or intimidating as committing myself to a longer poem (which can take hours…or days…or years, as the case may be).

Here are the ones I have come up with so far:

1

I am drawn to
his vibrance…
burning from within
is compulsory.

2 (haiku)

The heat of your mouth
upon my skin spreads like
ink on a blank page.

3

Our bodies curve together
like two parentheses–
so close there is no room
for words.

4

Your spice mingles with
my sweetness,
creating a scent
all our own.

When I inhale us,
I exhale the world.

5

I run my fingers
along your weary temple–
the gray and white
hold stories
only we
know.

6

The cool bedroom air
soothes my kiss-swollen lips.

Pressing them together,
a deep ache promises
bruising by morning.

I’ve missed this kind of touch.

7

The possibility of
losing him
hit her,
and suddenly
she felt
breathless.


You can follow my #tinypoems on Twitter…and join me in writing them. My only advice is to keep to one image per poem, simply because they are so tiny. They should be like macro-photography – close-ups. You can also try out some tiny poetry forms, like haiku or tanka.

Need some inspiration: 15 Types of Short Poetic Forms With Examples

Some of my favorites:

Fog – Carl Sandburg

This Is Just To Say – William Carlos Williams

The Red Wheelbarrow – William Carlos Williams

This one is almost too long to count as a tiny poem…but I wanted to include it anyway, since it is one of my favorite short poems:

Appetite by Maxine Kumin


So, with that, this week’s Erotic Poetry Challenge is to write your own tiny poem…or maybe a series of them. Or maybe add them to your morning coffee (or tea) habit and join me on Twitter!

To share your tiny poems by joining this month’s link party, click the badge below! It will take you to this month’s prompt post!

8 Replies to “#tinypoem”

  1. I’ve really enjoyed your #tinyPoems

    I was soft blocked off a short word prompt site and I’ve missed little tweet prompts

    Brilliant idea
    Wishing you endless possibilities
    Swirly 🌻🧚‍♀️

  2. I really like how into poetry you are and how you’ve committed yourself to write a small one every day. I would freeze up out of fear of failure.
    I really like 2 and 7 and
    “When I inhale us,
    I exhale the world.”

    Your poetry speaks and makes me feel

    1. Thanks, ML. I am a poet at heart. It is how I began blogging years ago, and I guess I’m falling back on that safety right now.

  3. You are so good at poetry and I feel inspired every time I read one of your posts but I am just not managing to get myself going. A tiny poem though? Perhaps even I can manage that one. I LOVE your morning coffee idea. Where are my holidays going though – time seems to be slipping through my fingers. 🙂

    1. Aye. We are going camping here for a few weeks. And then it seems work is right around the damn corner.

  4. I have so wanted to join in with your poetry challenge, but it seems I have been overthinking this. Suddenly with this #tinypoem, ideas sprang to mind. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. I’m going to try to add in some activities like this that make poetry more accessible for non-poetry writers. It might drum up some participation! I’m glad this one worked for you!

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