A pre-internet exercise in creativity that all Americans past a certain age will remember.
In this multicultural world we live in, most Americans are familiar with the ancient Japanese art form of the haiku, with its 17 syllables, nature themes, and juxtaposition of two opposing ideas. Those growing up in America from the late 1940s to the early 1960s will recognize another art form, though this one was intended as a commercial art form. In those pre-internet days when even television was in its infancy, it was customary for huge American corporations to invite consumers to send in testimonials for their products "in 25 words or less," touting the magnificence of those products, and prizes ranged from cases of the product to major appliances. There is even a book written about a woman who supported her family by entering these contests, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio; How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less. I plan to tap into this phenomenon with this forum. Behold:|
This is a social forum. It is not a contest. There are no prizes. It is purely a social forum, a meeting house for aficionados of the micro-poem to share their skills and meet other practitioners. Oh, and to make friends, let's not forget that! So put on your thinking caps and sharpen your subtlety, and show us what you've got. You can write a rhyming poem, a free verse, or even a piece of flash fiction. The only rule is 25 words or less. Oh, and this forum has an all-ages rating. I'll raise it if one of you guttersnipes makes it necessary, but I'd rather leave it open to everyone, our youngsters included. So with all that covered, take it away!
And a big, sincere thanks to The Dark Faery 🐾 for the shiny blue ribbon that now adorns the forum. I was a wee bit concerned that I might be accused of misappropriation when I came up with the title on this, but everyone so far has immediately understood that I mean nothing by it but the greatest of respect to Japan's ancient and venerable art form. Entries continue to come in, and I hope we have a long and happy run here.