Gather the kids and put on your creative thinking caps. This Sunday, August 18 is Bad Poetry Day! You may have an inner bad poet and not even know it. (See what I did there?)
Writing bad poetry actually requires some talent. It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.
Just the other day, I shared with my family a bad poem I wrote at age seven that is clearly unforgettable to me:
To love is to live
Like a black olive.
I was feeling proud until my husband recalled his own bad poetry achievement. “My poem was screamed by a high school cast member on stage!” he crowed, then recited this masterpiece:
Screaming monkeys on mars
Ate rusty hot dogs in the sun.
Our daughter Hope was clearly inspired by our poetry jam, for within minutes, she created this ditty:
I love ootie tootie.
Recently I issued a bad poetry throw down to my Bookboard colleagues. Librarian Cen and Head Mom Suz responded immediately with bad limericks homages to fellow Bookboard staff:
There once was a boy from Taipei
Who loved to read books every day
When he grew up
He made a start-up
And now Bookboard is here to stay
There once was a librarian named Cen
The digital world was her yen
She brought tech to the book
And said, “Hey, have a look!”
As she read Bookboard stories in the den
Not one to be intimidated by bad women poets, Senior Engineer Sasha offered us three bad haiku, inspired by popular Bookboard titles:
Parents rue the nasty thing
Richard has last laugh
Engine trouble! What to do?
Friends, of course, come through
but chocolate milk from cow-bots
is much tastier
All those bad poems reminded me that bad poetry isn’t just for kids. So here’s a parting bad poem I am calling The Invitation:
Please don’t think me untoward, when I invite you to try out Bookboard.
We can read to children while lying in the fiord.
Or read to bulls, though we may be gored.
Need some good poetry about now? Check out the fun titles above, with clever rhymes galore!