Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for Twitter

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T is for twitter.  Twitter is a fantastic way to share your poetry with others. You are going to have to keep the poem short or make the first couple of lines so enticing that readers will want to come over to your blog to read the rest of the poem. 

How do you create a Twitter poem?
1.     Keep the poem under 140 characters (including spaces). You can check your character count by pasting your poem into Twitter or use an online character counter
2.     Use  /  (forward slash) to indicate a line break.
3. Use // (two forward slashes) to indicate a stanza break.
4.     If you have any left over characters use a hash tag when posting your poem to Twitter. This helps people find your poems (even those who aren’t following you yet). Try #poetry or #poem

If you are having trouble writing a Twitter poem, try thinking of a single moment. For instances, yesterday my dogs were going crazy watching a squirrel trying to get from the tree to the bird feeder.  Here it goes:

Tiny squirrel in the tree/dodge the growling dogs/back and forth/ from thick to thin/rooftop scaling/ down to the feeder hut  #poetry #poem

I had two characters to spare.


Bushy tailed thief /in the tree/dodge the growling dogs/back and forth/ from thick to thin/to rooftop scaling/ down to the feeder hut #poem

I had 1 character to spare.  I tweeted this second version on Twitter just this morning. My twitter handle is @renajtraxel

 Whew! Now it’s your turn.

--Write a twitter poem and posted it to twitter. Or
--Write a series of twitter poems that link together to tell a story. 

--Click here to read some Twitter poetry. 
--Character counter click here

If you liked this post please let others know. Tomorrow, I'll be discussing universal themes. I hope you come back for that. 


  1. That is a super twitter poem and what a great idea for T. You are awesome!

    1. Thanks. I'm looking forward to your poem.

  2. Hi Rena,

    I enjoyed your post and had to add you to my A.D.'s FAV 5 of the A to Z Challenge today!
    If you do not see it up yet, I am working my way through, you are #2, so please do return!

    Have a wonderful Monday!

  3. I tweeted,
    Acrostic-SURF Swell / Under and up / Ride / Fabulous
    This is a really good idea Rena. I should do it more often and try to bring some readers to my blog.

    1. Thanks. Today was my first Twitter poem. It's something I want to start doing. Your poem is short and sweet just the way Twitter poems should be.

  4. Thanks for the lesson


    Roads roll in the light
    Bring me home to your embrace
    Held in joy's delight

    Will tweet @ Seanotd

    1. Welcome to my blog Sean. Your poem is sweet and short. I like it.

  5. I had no idea people tweeted poetry, how fun! Love your two tweet examples.

    1. I just tweeted my Haiku-tweet. :)

      The Answers

      The sky flipped down/The light inside turned on/The secret is free

    2. I've known for awhile yet today was my first Twitter poem. I love your Haiku as I had to stop a think for a bit. Cool.

    3. I second Rena's description, Cool Jennifer.

  6. I wrote one, but didn't read the rules first. Whoops! However, I am proud to say this is my first poem in, um, 20 years?

    Knobby knees escape shorts/ sandals slap, tender toes exposed/ bare boy bellies, best part of summer #poem #poetry

    1. Haha. I love the knobby knees escape shorts. In my case pasty legs escape pants and blind anyone who walks by!

  7. These are really fun. I like that they have to be short. It's good to have boundaries! I know we can tweet to lead someone over to our blog, but I had fun reading all of the short poems...some really great images for so few words! That goes to show how carefully we should chose our words.
    Thanks, Rena!

  8. I love this challenge! Here's my Pweet:

    So much to say
    in just a few words.
    They call them tweets
    'cause they're for the birds!

    1. Thanks. Cute. 140 characters is a lot when you get use to it.

  9. Mourn Misplaced

    Surrounded by so much
    Thinking__"None to give"
    Yet, a mere touch
    Generations live

    1. Sad but true. Very touching twitter poem.

  10. I love this post. I had never thought about posting a poem on Twitter. It sounds like fun, and I will definitely try it sometime. Great post! :)

  11. I am not on Twitter yet--but as much fun as the micro-poems are, I'm thinking I should be! LOL! Thanks for introducing me to the world of Twitter poems!


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