Can You Write the World’s Shortest Poem?

A fun poetry challenge.

Go Dog Go Café


We have had a couple of in depth poetry discussions over the last couple of weeks and a big thank you for taking part in the conversations. Today I thought I would bring a lighter air and a bit of fun to the Café and have a little poetry competition.

Earlier this week I had been doing some reading and came across what is claimed to be the world’s shortest poem. It is titled, Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes, or Fleas as it is more commonly known. The poem is a couplet written by Strickland Gillilan.

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Ogden Nash wrote a poem in a similar vein called Further Reflections on Parsley.

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In 1975 boxer Muhammed Ali was giving a speech at Harvard University and discussing poetry on stage with journalist George Plimpton. When asked for the shortest poem of all time, Plimpton recited “Fleas”…

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  1. Boss luffy says:

    Miss, go fish!

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  2. calmkate says:

    lol, I remember Fleas from my childhood … a few decades ago so it’s been around for ages 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      Come join in the fun kate

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      1. calmkate says:

        super busy right now Mich .. just posting and trying to read 🙂

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      2. michnavs says:

        Oohh….take care though..😇

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      3. calmkate says:

        always dear friend 🙂

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  3. Thank you for the link Mich.. I would normally pay a visit to reblogs, but this afternoon I am on a mission in catch up mode.. sounds interesting though xxx

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    1. michnavs says:

      This is fun Sue…🤗🤗🤗

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  4. Davy D says:

    Thank you for sharing and taking part Mich, it is much appreciated. Have a good weekend. Does this mean I get another go?


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    1. michnavs says:

      Yes of course Davy…

      Thanks for that.

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