Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Joseph Houk

    Joseph Houk said, almost 3 years ago

    His favorite poem… ?

  2. Joe Evans

    Joe Evans said, almost 3 years ago

    Though it’s short enough, I’m guessing it’s not something off a bathroom stall.

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 3 years ago

    Caufield will probably turn in a hundred word poem about the poem…..“There once was a man from Nantucket….”

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Yes favorite poem. Math nerds have favorite equations. I have favorite stories and poems I like.
    Caulfield would find that he could probably write a thousand words about that poem. Its length is irrelevant to its content. Its meanings.

  5. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 3 years ago

    Ricketysack, Ricketysack,
    Bring that glory back!-Warren Balloo.

    It would have been the Inaugural poem for John Kennedy, if Robert Frost hadn’t been chosen instead.

  6. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 3 years ago


    “There once was a young senator from Mass.
    Who wanted a strange piece of….”

  7. Arianne

    Arianne said, almost 3 years ago

    So, I googled “16 word poem” and found this. I don’t know if it is Caulfield’s poem, but here it is…

    The Red Wheelbarrow

    so much depends

    a red wheel

    glazed with rain

    beside the white

    William Carlos Williams

  8. Leslie Barks

    Leslie Barks said, almost 3 years ago


    “A River of Words, the Story of William Carlos Williams” by Jen Bryant was a Caldecott honor book in 2008. It contains (among other poems) “The Red Wheelbarrow” and is rated for ages 7 and up, so Caulfield could have read it. (I gave a copy to my grandkids).

  9. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, almost 3 years ago

    There’s even aYouTube about the shortest poem(s) on the VSauce channel.

  10. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Winner of an award for shortest science-fiction short story, entitled “Report Card for Planet Earth”, was this, in its entirety:

  11. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, almost 3 years ago

    It amuses me when I hear a kid complaining about homework at grade school level. Wait till college where 5000+ words on a given topic is the assignment on the first day of most English courses.

  12. Tom Freimann

    Tom Freimann said, almost 3 years ago

    Mine is only 11 words long!

  13. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    The cow is of the bovine ilk;
    one end is moo, the other, milk.

    Ogden Nash

    Rats… 14.

  14. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, almost 3 years ago

    This one won a National Limerick contest a few decades back. I don’t remember who wrote it but Isaac Asimov was the judge.

    The Bustard’s an extrodin’ry fowl
    with minimal reason to growl
    He escapes what would be
    by the grace of a fortunate vowel.

    Granted it’s 23 words long but I could do a 100-word essay on it, easily!

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago

    Here’s one of my favorite poems, by George Herbert:


    Having been tenant long to a rich lord,
    Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
    And make a suit unto him, to afford
    A new small-rented lease, and cancel the old.
    In heaven at his manor I him sought;
    They told me there that he was lately gone
    About some land, which he had dearly bought
    Long since on earth, to take possession.
    I straight returned, and knowing his great birth,
    Sought him accordingly in great resorts;
    In cities, theaters, gardens, parks, and courts;
    At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth
    Of thieves and murderers; there I him espied,
    Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.

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