I have the fabulous Angela Felsted stopping in for a guest post on how facebook status updates can be like poetry! Why waste time with my blabbering... take it away Angela!
Five ways facebook status updates are like poetry:
1. A punch line is key.
“A transcript of the fight my girls had this morning.
Lainey: Look, Donna. My strawberry's bigger than yours.
Donna: No, it's not!
Me: Stop fighting girls. Size doesn't matter.”
2. Both are more effective if you leave a few things up to the imagination.
“You know you're a mom of little kids when you hear yourself saying stuff like this. ‘Keep your clothes on, please!’”
3. Sometimes the best stuff is the dirtiest.
“Took my kids to the pediatrician today. This is me, ‘Don't touch the equipment. No, stop, don't crawl on the floor. What are you doing? Don't ever play in the trash can!’”
4. Good things happen when you let your creative babies run free.
“Who knew the key to potty training my son was letting him run around naked? My eyes have been opened: naked children are happy children.”
5. Dialogue is good, but only if it has a purpose.
“Donna (age 6): Mom, can I have milk.
Me: You can have water.
Donna, stomping her foot: You're supposed to say yes or no!
Me: Just get your water and stop criticizing me.
Donna: Criticizing isn't even a real word!"
And just for fun, here’s a poem that makes use of my ‘status update’ guidlines:
some say a happy marriage is
based on patience . . . roses
diamonds, strawberries dipped
in warm gooey chocolate.
but I say the state of a
marriage rides on the utterance
of one simple sentence,
“honey, where are my socks?”
Now for the other fun part... her poetry chapbook is being released in January!!! So, if you love Angela and you love poetry you should pre-order it! Aren't they adorable on the cover? There is also a nice little book trailer/music video too!