Chel Owens’ Terrible Poetry Contest was just the perfect bit of fun I needed to get my creative juices flowing! Chel says you can learn how to write terrible poetry HERE.

The form is a tanka which is usually written in the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count. Tanka shouldn’t rhyme, and we should write them from the perspective of the poet. Now that I know how to write them correctly… how do I make a terrible tanka? I’ll show you below:

Twisted tanka

shopping lists and lint
my mittens turned inside out
pocket poetry
quiet your skeptical mind
get your winter coat dry cleaned

The theme is “what one might find in one’s pocket.” This poem meets the syllable count 5-7-5-7-7. This poem literally means nothing. LOL! 😀

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    1. Thanks, Franci. BTW, the WP class yesterday was good. You know how you didn’t like the blog page of my current theme on my author blog? Well, you can create a new page for your blog posts from the templates they have available when you add a new page. That way, your page has the widgets at the side like you prefer. I did it on my blog and it worked. After the class, I can create a new blog with the new editor. You create the theme template then import your posts inside the new editor. Then you transfer in your domain. It will allow us to customize our blogs in different ways. They clearly stated that this is where WP is going in the near future. I’ll write a post about it, later. ❤

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      1. Yes, I saw something about this a while back and now you have made their intent much clearer. It seems interesting and I look forward to reading your future post. In the meantime, I found where WP listed all of their current themes including a detailed explanation of each. Many were FSE and some were templates. Thanks for your information. 🤍

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