Increase Retweets With Micropoetry

Twitter Micropoetry

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Short poetry has not been my usual style.  I have nothing against creating just a few lines of poetry, it’s just whenever I write a short piece, I start thinking…just a couple more lines.  Before I know it, my very short poem has become…long.

I’ll confess I’m not a great fan of haiku, although sometimes I see one that catches my eye and reaches me in a way that most haiku poetry just doesn’t.  So not much encouragement there for me to write haiku!

In March 2014 I finally opened a Twitter page and quickly discovered other tweeters posting micropoetry.  I’d heard of micropoetry before, and had created a few Tumblr blog posts with micropoetry, but I had no idea how popular it was on Twitter.

Unlike haiku, micropoetry doesn’t appear to have rules.  There are some who say it should have no more than 140 characters, but as far as I know that suggestion came about because of the Twitter character limit.  I like a lack of rules, I find rules irritating, they kill my inspiration.

If you post poetry on your blog and you tweet about your writings, try posting some micropoetry in your tweets.  I’ve found it to be a great way of attracting other tweeters to discover your Twitter page.

It isn’t just other micropoetry writers who retweet my poetry, all kinds of people have been drawn to my miniature poetry posts.

One woman was promoting her country hotel in America and she came across my micropoem about abandoned mansions.  It reminded her of a ghost town she’d visited some years before, where she had taken some interesting pictures of an abandoned house.  She not only kindly complimented me and retweeted my post, she posted her own picture giving me a link in her tweet saying how much my poem had reminded her of that old house.  I retweeted her picture to my page, so she got a tweet from me that she wouldn’t have otherwise have had, and an entertaining conversation came about in the process.

She was a clever lady who knew how to promote her business in a fun and creative way, and getting to know people in the process without the need to mindlessly follow other tweeters for no reason other than to self promote, or post pointless tagged tweets.  A lot of tweeters think that’s a good way to get attention.  No it isn’t.  It’s the best way to get unfollowed.  Never do that…it’s spam, irritating, and so boring!! 😦

I’ve also noticed some people who post micropoetry on Twitter don’t have blogs and don’t appear to post poetry anywhere else.  Twitter is their micro-blog.  It’s possible some of those Twitter writers who search for micropoetry to retweet may also be interested in your other tweets for your (longer) poetry on your blog, or any other tweet.

Micropoetry on Twitter is very much on the increase.  Even famous poets like Benjamin Zephaniah post micropoetry on their Twitter page.  “I like to send out little treats of poetry every now and then” he says “to make people think a little bit. It’s a great way to connect daily with your audience.  It’s a better way of saying, ‘I’m in the shop.’

Of course, if you like more of a challenge, try posting some haiku or senryu.  Whatever the style, those mini poems are a good way to find potential new followers for your blog.  I’ve even made new WordPress blog friends occasionally too.  It’s amazing what can come out of a small scrap of poetry.

But if you’re not into writing poetry, retweet other writers mini poems instead.  I promise you, it will make your Twitter page a lot more attractive.

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Here’s a selection of some of my Twitter Micropoetry.

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Abandoned mansions
hollow rooms
ghostly halls
spiders living in splendour
dust dancing to sunlight
all that was
time rearranged

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These words
they never depart
they circle endlessly
like birds in flight
waiting to find rest
waiting to be heard

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An awesome book
a sumptuous chair
plump cushions
silence
my perfect
Sunday afternoon

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Euphoria said “drink me”
I drained the bottle
got lost on cloud nine
heavy head
sorry heart but…
sober again
never again

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I want to dump the junk
hurl the hassle
and know for sure
it’s nothing more
than ancient garbage
hanging heavy
on my shoulders

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There’s a queue in my head
of short stories
each one calls
“Me first!”
I told them to wait
rudeness
never gets my attention

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Left you in the cemetery
for your eternal sleep
but on leaving
I found it was I
who had been sleeping
at last my eyes are open

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Time to lay down my fears
leave my senses to rest
I’ve run too much
too hard
too long
time to tell the dragon
his time is up

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Poetry
is my counsellor
Prose
my revelation
the unravelling
of who I am

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Clocks are better
without hands
digital
armless
turnless
kind illusion
that time
is no more
than numbers in repetition

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Is a fruitless tree
still worthy?

Is a person
fruitless
empty
lacking in lustre
of no value?

Maybe
they’re still waiting
to blossom

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Beneath the leaves
in company
of kind old trees
sunlight bathes the boughs
as I whisper my secrets
to ancient plants

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Birds sing
bees buzz
dogs chase cats
and cats don’t care
but we
people of earth
artful in words
keep the stories alive

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Why not give it a go yourself?

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@SuzyHazelwood


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15 thoughts on “Increase Retweets With Micropoetry

  1. “These words
    they never depart
    they circle endlessly
    like birds in flight
    waiting to find rest
    waiting to be heard”

    A beautiful verse and reminds me of telling someone you care about them and waiting for them to wake up and listen.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I see what you mean, it could well indicate that very thing! When I wrote it I was thinking more in general, they way something you want to say but never do, can get stuck in your mind or something you want to write, you never get round to, and certain pieces (ideas) can be rattling around in the back of the mind. I guess this could mean a lot of different things.

      The best thing to do when someone isn’t listening is to write to them, then they can read what you have to say, and if they still don’t pay attention, they probably never will. At least you know where you stand. Thanks very much for your comment! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, you’re very kind! I never used to relate to short poetry many years ago, but now, I just love doing them for Twitter, and they get shared elsewhere too. Lovely to hear from you Nadia, thanks for paying a visit! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much! 🙂 I tweet them fairly regular, but not as many as a lot of poem tweeters do. Maybe once a week or once a fortnight. Some writers of micropoetry don’t have blogs, Twitter has become their mini post blog, so they often write and tweet a lot more. It’s been good for me to learn to write these, a perfect exercise in saying something effectively with very few words. Sometimes I write them ahead of time, other times I write them on the spur of the moment. I’ve been adding animated gifs to the post recently https://twitter.com/SuzyHazelwood/status/639906763286937600 which I think makes the whole poem kind of come alive a lot more.

      Are you on Twitter?

    1. Yes, that’s very true. I’ve found they can convey some of the most heart reaching messages. I almost prefer them over average length poetry. I’ve even recorded some micropoems as spoken word with a little music in the background, they work very well. 🙂

  2. I find people retweet my poetry, long after I put it up. Original content is rare and surprising in a forum that is more comfortable with snark and mockery. I like the micropoetry better, and I’m glad I took the plunge. I’m always happy to see you there.

    1. I find that sometimes too, it takes a while for certain writing to get noticed. Haha.. yes it is very snarky and mocking!! 😀 I tend to avoid a lot of that, and most political news, just leads to a lot of conflict and unfollowing!! I never thought I’d enjoy Twitter, but I do. I think it’s all down to who you connect with.. like anywhere on the internet really. Happy to connect with you too Brenda, very glad to see you got yourself on there… happy tweeting!! 🐦

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