Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Joseph Houk

    Joseph Houk said, about 3 years ago

    His favorite poem… ?

  2. Joe Evans

    Joe Evans said, about 3 years ago

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

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 3 years ago

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

  4. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 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.

  5. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 3 years ago


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

  6. Arianne

    Arianne said, about 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

  7. Leslie Barks

    Leslie Barks said, about 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).

  8. TEMPLO S.U.D.

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

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

  9. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, about 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.

  10. Tom Freimann

    Tom Freimann said, about 3 years ago

    Mine is only 11 words long!

  11. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

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

    Ogden Nash

    Rats… 14.

  12. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, about 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!

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 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.

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    And here’s another, this one by Henry Reed:


    To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
    We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
    We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
    To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
    Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
    And to-day we have naming of parts.

    This is the lower sling swivel. And this
    Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
    When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
    Which in your case you have not got. The branches
    Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
    Which in our case we have not got.

    This is the safety-catch, which is always released
    With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
    See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
    If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
    Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
    Any of them using their finger.

    And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
    Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
    Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
    Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
    The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
    They call it easing the Spring.

    They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
    If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
    And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
    Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom
    Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
    For to-day we have naming of parts.

  15. SkyFisher

    SkyFisher said, about 3 years ago

    One of my favorites is a commentary on its own length:
    There once was a man from Japan
    Whose limericks would never scan
    When asked why this was
    He answered, "Because,
    “I always try to fit as much into the last line as I possibly can.”

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