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Brevity in Poetry

I love the challenge Mama Zen has given us a Read Toads today.  It’s quite simply to cut through all the excessive wordy crap and describe our lives poetically in thirty-five words or less.  Luckily my prose is where I generally ramble, rather than my poetry, so this was a fun quick write.


down on the farm

working away

tired and beat

from eight hours away

never far from my hand

does the trusty Nikon stray

documenting life with the animals

laughing, loving, cussing

and crying every day.


Be sure to visit Real Toads for brief poems on other people’s lives.

17 thoughts on “Brevity in Poetry

  1. A very apt description of your life, Teresa. I’m not sure how you do it with working full time–and still having the time for blogging after taking care of your farm!

  2. HaHa! Funny to think of animals “laughing, loving, cussing / and crying every day.” –‘course it’s you who get to do that even after a full work day. The rhyme makes this powerful way to be actually light like a nursury rhyme so it has a tone of happy that you may or may not feel.

  3. I’m also very impressed to see the rhyme scheme – it added an extra dimension of sound quality to the whole.

    If you are one to have your camera ever at the ready, we would love to feature your work for a Sunday Challenge on Real Toads.. Contact us if you would be willing to share a few of your images for poetic inspiration 🙂


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