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The World’s Smallest Poem?

Jim Murdoch has some ideas about what it might be. Following a trail through Japanese and Scottish Haiku, he arrives at . . .

Well, you’ll have to go to his site to find out.

In the meantime:

If you’d asked me before I started working on this article what the world’s shortest poem was I would have said:


Had ’em.

5 Responses to “The World’s Smallest Poem?”

  1. minx says:

    Reminds me of ‘Winter’….

    it’s cold.

    jb says: I’m not sure I allow asterisks on this blog. Must get a policy on it.

  2. Jim Murdoch says:

    Thanks for the plug, John. Always appreciated. I have to say this has been an extraordinarily popular blog. My visits have gone through the roof. Micropoetry is obviously of much greater interest to people than I ever expected. The thing is there was so much I didn’t include. I mean, I had to expand it to two posts as it was. One I wish I’d remembered at the time was John Cooper Clark’s clever haiku:

    To convey one’s mood
    in seventeen syllables
    is very diffic

    jb says: Your efforts are appreciated, Jim. I enjoyed both parts, and I enjoyed the John Cooper Clark, too.

  3. Debi says:


    jb says: Oh, do keep ’em coming.

  4. Jerry Batcheler says:

    I once wrote this attempt at “world’s smallest poem”:
    I am
    Thank you,


  5. Carlos Perez says:

    Credited to former boxer Mohammed Ali:


    …. very cool!