Poetry Can Be Fun…Honest

6 Oct
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Today is National Poetry Day.  I was going to bring you some fun and interesting facts about poetry, but you know what?  There aren’t any.  Not on the internet, anyway.  Poetry is dull.

By the way, remember to check out my poetry blog, I’m Not A Verse.






I did find a site called Poetry Fountain.  Under the heading ‘Interesting Facts’ it has these interesting facts:

  • Starfish have no Brains.  I wonder if they write poetry?
  • There is a species of ants that is found only in buildings in Washington, D.C.  It’s killing me not to make a joke about politicians here.
  • The scientific name of a Boa Constrictor is Boa Constrictor.  Scientists don’t use metaphors?
  • Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth.  Apart from me on National Share Your Maltesers Day.
  • If you turn a shark on its back, it will fall asleep.  It must have been reading Wordsworth’s & Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads.  The same thing happens to me.
  • Shakespeare was born and died on the same day (only many years apart).  Well, duh!  Whoever wrote that qualifying remark either thinks we’re all stupid or is an infant prodigy.  And it is only suspected that Shakespeare was born on that day: births were not recorded back then; only baptisms.  Glad I got that off my chest.
  • In one day more money is printed for Monopoly then for the US.  If ever there was a glorious typo, this is it.
  • Mrs.Roosevelt was the only first lady who carried a loaded revolver with her.  To stop Mr Roosevelt from reading Lyrical Ballads to her, I’m guessing.
  • Democratic Congressmen are almost twice as likely as Republican congressmen to be offered a bribe.  And the very next fact is:
  • Franklin Roosevelt was related by blood or marriage to eleven other presidents.  Coincidence…?
  • The female black widow spider devours the male after mating. She may kill as many as 25 males a day.  Too many Lyrical Ballads, too few Maltesers…
  • The flounder has both eyes on one side of its head.  What’s so special about that?  So do humans.
  • The national Institute of Education reports that over 5,000 teachers are robbed each month in American schools.  And I bet not one of them lost their copy of Lyrical Ballads.

Your homework for today: choose one or more of these interesting facts and use them to write a poem.

And to show that poetry can be fun, here’s a bit of fluff:



Almost A Ghazal, For The Beautiful Brad

Dear Mr Pitt, I long to twizzle with your cheeks.
I may be a silly twit to love the sizzle of your cheeks.

They have me quite delirious;
I am bedazzled by your cheeks.

With you I’m deadly serious –
I am bamboozled by your cheeks.

I’m in love but also frantic
to solve the puzzle of your cheeks.

Thus, I crossed the wide Atlantic
So I could nuzzle on your cheeks.

Yet I’m now locked up in jail
For getting too close to your cheeks.

But if you don’t mind posting bail
I’ll say I’m sorry to your cheeks…

If you’ll agree, you were a bad boy
Showing your backside in Troy.


33 Responses to “Poetry Can Be Fun…Honest”

  1. earlybird October 6, 2011 at 11:46 #

    BTW, I do keep checking out INAV but perhaps my internet browser isn’t working properly… as far as I can see, there hasn’t been anything new since 20 September! 😉


    • vivinfrance October 6, 2011 at 12:06 #

      Agreed. I regret the lack of recent poetry on I’m not Averse . Go for a poem a day over there instead of other things here!


      • Tilly Bud October 7, 2011 at 09:08 #

        EB & Viv: I confess to being a little lax in that department. Going through a bit of a motivation dry spell.


  2. vivinfrance October 6, 2011 at 12:01 #

    excellent almost ghazal. I may be back after I’ve written a poem about the nymphomaniac black widow spider. On the other hand, I might find something else to do on National Poetry Day, like write unprompted poetry for a change.


  3. sarsm October 6, 2011 at 12:39 #

    What a bizarre range of interesting facts. 😉

    Poetry is fun (unless it’s being depressing).


  4. belleofthecarnival October 6, 2011 at 13:04 #

    Mr. Pitt does have nice cheeks! Mesmerizing in fact 😉


  5. kateshrewsday October 6, 2011 at 13:40 #

    That shark fact could save my life one day, Tilly, thanks!
    Lovely poetry. Must wander over to INAV


  6. Big Al October 6, 2011 at 15:55 #

    It’s a limerick not a poem but here’s my homework, teacher. Please be gentle.

    Shakespeare was literate from birth
    His works did not suffer from dearth
    But his greatest achievement
    Was to garner bereavement
    On the same day he entered the earth.


  7. slpmartin October 6, 2011 at 16:49 #

    Now that verse demonstrate how much fun poetry can be…enjoyed the poem.


  8. gigihawaii October 6, 2011 at 18:13 #

    Interesting facts! I used to write haiku (Japanese poetry), but don’t anymore. Generally, I prefer to read and write prose.


    • Tilly Bud October 7, 2011 at 09:13 #

      I write senryu, another form of haiku, not being big on imagery 😦


  9. Pseu October 6, 2011 at 19:17 #

    Tilly, you nearly made me late for the hairdresser.


  10. sufilight October 6, 2011 at 19:23 #

    The poem to Dear Mr.Pitt made my cheeks hurt. LOL. It was funny. 🙂


  11. SchmidleysScribbling October 6, 2011 at 20:12 #

    I was okay until I got to the poem. Poetry befuddles me. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud October 7, 2011 at 09:16 #

      It’s not a very good poem, tbh; just a bit of fun 🙂


  12. Hattie October 6, 2011 at 20:49 #

    I was watching a lovely chicken the other day and thinking, “Poultry in motion!”


  13. bluebee October 6, 2011 at 21:31 #

    Angelina, watch out!


  14. Lorna's Voice October 6, 2011 at 22:17 #

    I wrote a poem today. Can I turn that in as my homework? Can I Ms. Tilly? Can I, please?


  15. Jodie October 7, 2011 at 03:57 #

    Lol, I couldn’t stop giggling at this post. Love the poem btw. 🙂 Thanks for sharing/giving me something to giggle about. 🙂


  16. SidevieW October 7, 2011 at 13:05 #

    I do have both eyes on the same side of my head. The OUTSIDE

    feeling scatterbrained today


  17. ElizOF October 10, 2011 at 10:21 #

    I don’t know where you find this stuff but it’s very funny… Happy National Poetry Day.
    Still catching up on blog comments! 🙂



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