Friday, May 11, 2012

Words Count - a poem about words/a math poem

Words Count
by
Greg Pincus

Occasionally, I overwrite:
One word will do, but I'll use plenty.
So, this poem's on a limit.
It only uses


Sometimes, I write things that make me laugh. Sometimes, I write things that make me scratch my head and wonder what I was thinking. Sometimes, I have no clue where poems come from. And sometimes, all three things occur at once. This is one of those times....

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14 comments:

tanita davis said...

This is brilliant.
I am a dork, and of course, COUNTED the words, despite the final word echoing in my head as soon as I read the final truncated line.

I would love to see a kid's reaction to this...

Robyn Hood Black said...

Too funny! As is your video that Jim Hill posted today, "The Truth about Poets and Poetry." Thanks for sharing. (Robyn, haiku millionaire...)

GrandCanyonReadingTeacher said...

I laughed out loud! In a room all by myself. Greg, I love your posts! You have such a talent for saying things most eloquently. Please never limit your words.

Jim Hill said...

Very funny! I counted and laughed until I

Ed DeCaria said...

This is great. I have a similarly short poem of my own that ends with an invisible word. It was a fun one to write (or not write as they case was) ...

Gregory K. said...

Thanks, y'all. As I said, this one is an odd bird... though that's why I like it. And clearly why I like all of you!

laurasalas said...

Ha! There's a poem I love about a book report that has to be a certain length and the poem cuts off as soon as it reaches that word count. This one made me snort and was much shorter! (I love short poems:>)

Renee LaTulippe said...

I like these odd birds! And your video was just nutty. Yay!

Mary Lee said...

HA! You made me count, too, even though I knew what I would end on!

Linda at teacherdance said...

Very funny, and wonder why we all still had to count? Students will love it, especially those who always ask, how long, how long?

Irene Latham said...

Totally made me laugh too!! Odd looks good on you. Thanks for sharing.

Doraine Bennett said...

Yes, I could see you laugh, scratch your head, and wonder what you were thinking. I laughed and scratched my head. I won't go into wondering what you were thinking. Delightful!

Ruth said...

Ha! This is great!

Tsundere Girl said...

That was nothing less than clever. Loved it. :) and yes I was also one of those who counted.