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Terse Verses: Volume II: Sorted by Topics

Terse Verse: Adventures in Society

Terse Verse on society, adventures, and everything in between.

New topic 2015-03-26 19:47:53 contents

Terse Verse: Pin Pals


Poetry is a form of literature using imaginative and creative words in a compressed form to express ideas.

There are two basic forms of poetry. One form is blank verse while the other follows a fixed or standard format. Two examples of the latter are Haiku and Limericks. Haiku are three lined unrhymed poems while limericks are five lined rhymed poems of a humorous nature. Terse Verse poems follow a standard 16 lines of one syllable, also in a humorous style.

Themes of Terse Verse are observations of everyday life and comments on American lifestyles and behavior. Terse Verse uses puns and wordplay to give readers a different viewpoint of familiar situations. It is difficult to group these poems into specific categories since there are a wide variety of topics. Each poem must be read and enjoyed on its own merits.

In brief, Terse Verse is a form of poetry which reduces ideas to the fewest words to deliver different points of view and bring a smile to the reader.

--Tom Howes

Pin Pals

Old days
Nice ways
Kind thoughts
Were taughts
Folks wrote
Neat note
True friend
Stamp send

New kids
Use grids
Swap tales
E Mails
Now greet
By tweet
Hi's Raves
Air Waves

Terse Verse: Cons Test

Cons Test

Checks mail
Game tale
Ads glow
Hypes flow
Their pitch
Get rich
Near free
Small fee

Words feed
Man's greed
Cast bait
Then wait
Catch look
Snare hook
End Chain
Net gain

Terse Verse: Shots Snap

Shots Snap

Phone pix
Quick clicks
No fees
Worth sees
Scrap books
Old looks
Less risk
On disks

Good but
Soon glut
Freeze frame
Brief fame
Old wows
Not nows
News span
Flash pan

Terse Verse: Cast Ways

Cast Ways

Each fad
Goes bad
What's chic
Fades quick
Clothes yearned
Soon Spurned
Turn trash
Gone cash

But then
New yen
Past rogue
Now vogue
Old style
Worth while
Saved bags
Rich rags

Terse Verse: Day Shift

Day Shift

Time change
Sleep strange
Toss rock
Check clock
Teeth grind
Tell mind
Morn noon
Come soon

At farm
no 'larm
Cows skip
Time flip
They ban
Man's plan
Change none
Milk run

Terse Verse: Fowl Play

Fowl Play

Pols game
Not tame
Poor plead
Chick feed
No bucks
Dead ducks
End dreggs
Goose eggs

Those in
Cluck grin
Cock sure
Their lure
Hatch plots
Vote lots
Rich boost
Rule roost

Terse Verse: Last Straw

Last Straw

Pols meet
Schmooze greet
Seek votes
Reap dotes
Praise hicks
In sticks
Hope field
Good yield

Grass roots
Are hoots
Brag deeds
Sow seeds
Win day/br> Make hay
If fail
Must bale

Terse Verse: High Bread

High Bread

Rich oaf
Can loaf
Swap boasts
Make toasts
May work
Oft shirk
Stay just
Top crust

Poor dream
Down stream
Some bums
Life's crumbs
Work buns
Neath suns
Low reign
Food chain

Terse Verse: Dust Up

Dust Up

Earth's plan
For man
Play game
Start same
If dud
Stick mud
Then you're
Dirt poor

Those bold
Dig gold
Drill soil
Gush oil
Don't wait
Foil fate
Last ditch
Filth rich

Terse Verse: Bull Pen

Bull Pen

When write
Use might
Grab horns
Break norms
Think large
Then charge
Tame words
In herds

Cow boys
Use ploys
Spur sweet
Find meat
Weak bland
Strong brand
Steer takes
High steaks

Terse Verse: Clap Trap

Clap Trap

Teens talk
Scream Squawk
Hot phones
Text tones
Heave huff
Spout fluff
Leave cold
Those old

While they
Prate play
Hands flair
Thin air
Their tweet
Lacks meat
Vain chat
Chew fat

Terse Verse:Hem Haw

Hem Haw

Skirts go
Yo yo
Gals caw
Rah rah
Guys crow
Ho ho
Dears cry
Buy buy

Styles new
Too too
Her awe
La la
His hah
Ha ha
Bucks fly
Bye bye

Terse Verse: Sell Phone

Sell Phone

Those rings
Oft brings
Gift pleads
Dire needs
Voice drones
Sweet moans
You bluff
Hang tough

Next try
Nice guy
They push
Snub shush
Last call
Stop stall
No yup
Hang up

Terse Verse: Pinch Hits

Pinch Hits

Gals slap
When chap
Gets fresh
Paws flesh
Sparks ire
Screams higher
Quick race
Safe place

Next case
Ball place
Fans roar
Tie score
Right aim
Wins game
Clears dome
Run home

Terse Verse: Card Sharks

Card Sharks

Game day
Pros play
Cards dealt
Thrills felt
Chairs manned
All hands
On deck
Raise check

Chips in
Sly grin
Fives tens
Big bens
They eye
Small fry
Their wish
Shell fish

Terse Verse: Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Germs crawl
Colds call
Those poor
Quick cure
Check ads
Drug fads
Trust pills
Treat ills

Old days
Mom's ways
Soup rest
Were best
Help keep
Costs cheap
Toll bell
All's well

Terse Verse: Hit Run

Hit Run

Some fights
Base rights
Old school
Slugs rule
Where teams
Blow steam
Weak wrong
Smart strong

To last
Swat fast
Words spike
Quick strike
One shot
Quick trot
No err
Foul fair

Terse Verse: Thumbs Rule

Thumbs Rule

She asks
He tasks
Pound nails
Swing fails
Oops slip
Curse grip
Who's fool?
Blame tool

His vow
Learn how
New look
Buys book
But aim
The same
Next slide
Blame guide

Terse Verse: Churn Pike

Churn Pike

Cars crawl
Swerve stall
Lines stop
Then pop
Curse cry
Fists fly
Hearts race
Slow pace

Blue sights
Red lights
All blame
Rush game
Near crash
Teeth gnash
Jaws block
Grit Lock

Terse Verse: Dis Cuss

Dis Cuss

Teens shout
Scream flout
Foul words
In herds
From mild
To wild
No pride
Free ride

Low class
Like brass
Pray soon
Change tune
Shocks pale
Turn stale
They scoff
Swear off

Terse Verse: Gilt Trip

Guilt Trip

Gem sale
Rings wail
Gals much
Love touch
Eyes squint
Stars glint
Their prayers
To wear

Buy word
Is heard
First oohs
Then choose
She's bold
Digs gold
From mine
To mine

Terse Verse: Red I

Red I

Take flight
Late night
Then reap
Less sleep
Dull drone
Aches bone
Comes morn
Nerves worn

Next day
You pay
Feel blue
Gray through
Last stop
Eyes pop
Face sags
Claims bags

Terse Verse: Sole Mates

Sole Mates

Shoe sale
Like grail
Fads in
Fem's sins
Must try
Then buy
Great styles
Huge piles

No lure
So sure
Makes gals
Life pals
Don't fight
This rite
You'll meet
Des feet

Terse Verse: Lost Cause

Lost Cause

Phone pleas
Beg please
New mails
Bring tales
Fill need
With speed
Which one
Or none

We should
Do good
Yet scores
Breed more
So most
Are toast
When pled
For bread

Terse Verse: Got Cha

Got Cha

Dance craze
Wins praise
Watch pros
Head toes
Lads lass
Show class
Feet fly
Trip try

Step one
Have fun
Some win
Shoe in
Fear not
Last spot
Joys burst
Feat first

Terse Verse: Fore Casts

Fore Casts

Golf Green
Fun Scene
Hit ball
Shout call
Bad guess
Scores mess
Right aim
Ace game

Some say
This play
Mimes Dow
Charts how
Right pitch
Ducks ditch
Good lies
Trap prize

Terse Verse: Chop Shop

Chop Shop

Set sail
For sale
Where crowd
Mills loud
Long lines
Test spines
Shout stores
"Spend more"

Vast sea
Park free
All barge
To charge
Bump buy
That's why
They call
It maul

Terse Verse: Pop's Art

Pop's Art

Craft bloom
Dad's room
Paints splash
Slap dash
He's pround
Scenes loud
Works fast
Has blast

Crowds flock
Love shock
Praise jeer
Smirk sneer
Those smug
Shout hug
Rest hear
Daft ear

Terse Verse: Iron Age

Iron Age

Seek job
Hob nob
Dress spiff
Pants stiff
Neat shirt
No dirt
Best sell
Look well

To pass
Show class
Top toes
Trim clothes
Pressed suit
Bears fruit
Self sold
Join fold

Terse Verse: Block Busts

Block Busts

Brass view
Films new
Give go
Big show
Ads hype
Star type
Then wait
Check gate

Crowds flock
Gold crock
Can boast
Raise toast
Fans shun
Flop done
Boom is
Just fizz

Terse Verse: Lug Age

Lug Age

Air port
Time short
Long wait
At age
Check signs
Tag lines
Stay near
Check gear

Crowds packed
Seats stacked
Totes squeezed
None pleased
Jet lags
Lose bags
Rushed trip
Lost grip

Terse Verse: Spare Change

Spare Change

Two tales
Of wails
Tire pops
Car stops
Check trunk
Just junk
Sad plea
Why me?

Next case
Poor place
Begs shout
Hand out
Dig deep
End cheap
Both folk
Flat broke

Terse Verse: Spend Thrifts

Spend Thrifts

Gal's grail
Find sale
Mark downs
Win crowns
Drop price
Once twice
Bluff scoff/br> More off

Each deal
Like steal
All means
Save greens
Smart squads
Tight wads
Tags chopped
Bucks stopped

Terse Verse: Stock Yards

Stock Yards

Dow cools
Calm rules
Charts flat
Stand pat
Some hold
Shun bold
Saved loot
Bears fruit

Brave charge
Think large
Let flock
Watch clock
Sense highs
Chase buys
More fun
Bull run

Terse Verse: Up Scale

Up Scale

Star slow
Dreams grow
Don't shirk
Hard work
In time
Hopes climb
Sweat tush
Drive push

End race
Where's place?
Still draw
Short straw
Right stuff
Not' nuff
Earn ins
Pull wins

Terse Verse: Hedge Hog

Hedge Hog

Work slave
Scrimp save
Pick stock
Earn shock
Hot tips
Lose chips
All tries
Down size

Need pros
trim lows
They claim
Sharp game
So try
Their buy
Cuts worse
Trims purse

Terse Verse: Joke Hold

Joke Hold

Laughs please
Shticks please
Truth hides
'Neath snides
Quick fun
Sly pun
Crowds roar
Beg more

Stars host
Rib roast
Wits feast
Fools fleeced
When dine
Punch Line
Gaffs snag
Last gag

Terse Verse: Scratch Off

Scratch Off

Leash hold
Pets bold
Bark brave
Rant rave
Loud noise
Tough poise
Words say
Sit stay

Some itch
Flee hitch
They ache
Spring break
Turn tail
Hit trail
Next dawn
Dog gone

Terse Verse: Self Taut

Self Taunt

Those stressed
Bomb test
Bad days
Walk dazed
Need break
Cure shake
Stop shout
Chill out

Guts tied
Can't hide
Must sit
Cool it
This cold
Morphs old
Makes hots
What knots

Terse Verse: Take Charge

Take Charge

Banks shout
Cash out
Use card
Less hard
Pay day
Far way
Here's how
Switch now

When shop
Quick stop
All's fine
Just sign
Mail run
Bills stun
In hock
Shill shock

Terse Verse: What Gives

What Gives

Hear yea
Pledge plea
Drives tout
Give out
Mails phone
Same tone
Push spin
Give in

Sales surge
Beg urge
Share loot
Give hoot
Stress quilt
Till wilt
Shove cup
Give up

Terse Verse: Bad Guise

Bad Guise

See how
Soon know
Black hats
Are rats
Old plots
Fights shots
Hit run
Still fun

First reel
Crooks steal
Comes gore
Crimes score
Knight comes
Beats bums
Love scam
Films scam

Terse Verse: Cats Fat

Cats Fat

By some
Called bum
Sleeps play
All day
"Neath skin
Soon kin
Says blog
Top dog

If itch
Strike rich
Odds long
Bet strong
Right pick
Lott tick
Life soft
Scratch off

Terse Verse: Chick Flix

Chick Flix

Ads vie
Films try
Bring gals
Their pals
From hatch
Pay scratch
Shows shock
They flock

Best kind
They find
Soap plots
Scenes hot
Some howl
Love fowl
Men group
Fly coop

Terse Verse: Just So

Just so

Bad days
Crime pays
Werid rules
Let fools
Off hook
Shield crook
They flee
Guilt free

Rich too
Sail through
Puff pout
Soon out
Laws err
Hot air
Poor sag
Hold bag

Terse Verse: Up Braid

Up Braid

Top news
Big dos
As stars
Go far
Loves change
Looks strange
Find fame
Head game

Their form
Scorns norm
Seek raves
Shock waves
Hot cool
Fans rule
Wild reigns
Hair brains

Terse Verse: Blog Jam

Blog Jam

Strange scenes
Plague screens
Fools dance
Pets prance
Weird rubes
Flood tumes
Their plea
Watch me

Eyes hook
Laugh look
Brief views
Short fuse
Quick con
Fast gone
Gross game
Net fame

Terse Verse: Wise Guise

Wise Guise

When scene
Grows mean
Act tough
Make bluff
Strike pose
Sneer nose
Hope foe
Goes slow

Don't cave
Be brave
Look large
Take charge
Eyes cross
Like boss
Crime Don
Pro con

Terse Verse: Hump Dump

Hump Dump

Back when
King's men
Held helm
Ruled realm
Tough yeggs
Cracked eggs
They broke
Kept yoke

Now told
Tale old
Those tall
Will fall
Trust none
Will done
Fate same
Shell game

Terse Verse: Mo Dick

Mo Dick

Ish tell
Yarn well
Perq sail
Hunts whale
Seek sight
Rare white
Wild seas
Sweat freeze

Winds rain
Crews strain
End chase
See face
Waves rip
Sink ship
Capt dies
He's prize

Terse Verse: Fast Talk

Fast Talk

Comes Lent
Time spent
Past deeds
Soul's needs
Life's aims
Faults blame
Pray pause
God's laws

Some feel
Skip heal
Why tell
All's well
Won't rest
Take test
Vow naught
Food thought


Terse Verse: Knock Downs

Knock Downs

Style highs
Rich buys
Price tag
Big drag
Must halves
Save halves
Find way
Less pay

Till then
Find den
Not store
Clone war
Break law
Buy faux
Try skat
Cop that

Terse Verse: Noose Men

Noose Men

Old west
Wild guest
Folks strange
Ride range
Bad? Good?
Knock wood
Tense times
Breed crimes

Fights peeves
Horse thieves
Crooks race
Laws chase
No truce
Hang loose
Old young
High strung

Terse Verse: Clone Prince

Clone Prince

Corp lairs
Live squares
All same
Start game
Marks toed
Throne road
Eye prize
Match wise

Each move
Tries prove
Which knight
Moves right
Fit ins
Claim wins
Mate drawn
Crowns pawn

Terse Verse: Dream Job

Dream Job

Gals yen
Bad men
Set hooks
Great looks
Abs arms
Ooze charms
Her need
Proud steed

Checks field
Poor yield
Best ones
Long wons
Rest guys
No prize
What's there?
Knight mare

Terse Verse: Fire Range

Fire Range

Top guns
Plot runs
Brave quest
Prove best
Good show
Gung ho
Sole aim
Win game

Those low
Skip show
Don't try
Bulls eye
Keep job
Stay mob
Blind spots
Big shots

Terse Verse: Main Line

Main Line

Suns perk
Dawns work
Eye tears
Shift gears
Find groove
Make move
Rush down
Big town

End rounds
Home bounds
Day through
Greet crew
Back track
Click clack
Toils drained
Well trained

Terse Verse: Call Girl

Call Girl

Phone crews
Ask views
Claim goal
Take poll
Then heard
Last word
Charge card
Pledge hard

If feel
Won spiel
Push more
Up score
Your choice
Hems voice
When haws
Lost cause

Terse Verse: Ring Sides

Ring Sides

Sad sights
Threats fights
Shouts loud
Mills crowd
Those mild
Turn wild
Spikes mean
Mob scene

When near
Sprouts fear
Moods change
Friends strange
Strong stay
Plan A
Weak flee
Plan B


Please Let Us Know What You Think


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Terse Verse: Pin Pals
New blog 2015-03-06 21:56:00 description

Terse Verse: Cons Test
New blog 2015-03-10 16:24:57 description

Terse Verse: Shots Snap
New blog 2015-03-12 15:34:08 description

Terse Verse: Cast Ways
New blog 2015-03-12 15:45:22 description

Terse Verse: Day Shift
New blog 2015-03-13 16:47:15 description

Terse Verse: Fowl Play
New blog 2015-03-13 19:16:06 description

Terse Verse: Last Straw
New blog 2015-03-13 19:25:29 description

Terse Verse: High Bread
New blog 2015-03-13 19:31:08 description

Terse Verse: Dust Up
New blog 2015-03-13 21:19:02 description

Terse Verse: Bull Pen
New blog 2015-03-17 17:33:25 description

Terse Verse: Clap Trap
New blog 2015-03-17 17:48:29 description

Terse Verse:Hem Haw
New blog 2015-03-17 19:10:14 description

Terse Verse: Sell Phone
New blog 2015-03-17 20:11:49 description

Terse Verse: Pinch Hits
New blog 2015-03-19 15:13:38 description

Terse Verse: Card Sharks
New blog 2015-03-19 15:18:47 description

Terse Verse: Bed Bugs
New blog 2015-03-19 15:23:37 description

Terse Verse: Hit Run
New blog 2015-03-19 15:33:44 description

Terse Verse: Thumbs Rule
New blog 2015-03-19 15:42:07 description

Terse Verse: Churn Pike
New blog 2015-03-19 18:38:01 description

Terse Verse: Dis Cuss
New blog 2015-03-19 18:45:17 description

Terse Verse: Gilt Trip
New blog 2015-03-19 18:53:26 description

Terse Verse: Red I
New blog 2015-03-20 16:07:43 description

Terse Verse: Sole Mates
New blog 2015-03-20 16:14:08 description

Terse Verse: Lost Cause
New blog 2015-03-20 17:01:56 description

Terse Verse: Got Cha
New blog 2015-03-20 17:54:48 description

Terse Verse: Fore Casts
New blog 2015-03-20 17:58:35 description

Terse Verse: Chop Shop
New blog 2015-03-20 18:25:05 description

Terse Verse: Pop's Art
New blog 2015-03-25 17:31:10 description

Terse Verse: Iron Age
New blog 2015-03-25 17:41:40 description

Terse Verse: Block Busts
New blog 2015-03-25 17:52:19 description

Terse Verse: Lug Age
New blog 2015-03-26 14:55:59 description

Terse Verse: Spare Change
New blog 2015-03-26 15:10:10 description

Terse Verse: Spend Thrifts
New blog 2015-03-26 15:18:45 description

Terse Verse: Stock Yards
New blog 2015-03-26 16:43:42 description

Terse Verse: Up Scale
New blog 2015-03-26 18:12:33 description

Terse Verse: Hedge Hog
New blog 2015-03-26 20:05:09 description

Terse Verse: Joke Hold
New blog 2015-03-26 20:24:27 description

Terse Verse: Scratch Off
New blog 2015-03-27 17:10:16 description

Terse Verse: Self Taut
New blog 2015-03-27 18:08:27 description

Terse Verse: Take Charge
New blog 2015-03-27 18:35:17 description

Terse Verse: What Gives
New blog 2015-03-27 18:46:17 description

Terse Verse: Bad Guise
New blog 2015-03-27 19:12:16 description

Terse Verse: Cats Fat
New blog 2015-03-27 19:27:52 description

Terse Verse: Chick Flix
New blog 2015-03-27 19:31:34 description

Terse Verse: Just So
New blog 2015-03-27 20:25:05 description

Terse Verse: Up Braid
New blog 2015-03-27 21:16:35 description

Terse Verse: Blog Jam
New blog 2015-03-30 20:53:29 description

Terse Verse: Wise Guise
New blog 2015-05-19 19:06:43 description

Terse Verse: Hump Dump
New blog 2015-07-22 21:17:45 description

Terse Verse: Mo Dick
New blog 2015-07-22 21:23:29 description

Terse Verse: Fast Talk
New blog 2015-08-12 14:50:33 description

Terse Verse: Knock Downs
New blog 2015-08-12 15:54:09 description

Terse Verse: Noose Men
New blog 2015-08-13 15:19:46 description

Terse Verse: Clone Prince
New blog 2015-08-14 19:47:09 description

Terse Verse: Dream Job
New blog 2015-08-21 12:41:36 description

Terse Verse: Fire Range
New blog 2015-08-21 12:51:52 description

Terse Verse: Main Line
New blog 2015-08-21 14:19:20 description

Terse Verse: Call Girl
New blog 2015-09-10 19:12:23 description

Terse Verse: Ring Sides
New blog 2016-05-05 20:42:16 description