This should have made it out much earlier but then again life, you know.. My daughter’s benches for her project, on the other hand, are moving along nicely. All the adults in charge were impressed at the progress this weekend, and the 11 to 14 year olds who came in today to sand the benches put everything they had into their task resulting in smooth, well-sanded benches. And that one line is a long one, which brings me to today’s/this week’s poetic Sundays theme of the one-liner poem. Apparently, January 21st is one-liner day! More on this and the poetic form below.
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Poetic Sundays: Explore the Power of the One-Liner Poem
January 21st observes One-Liners Day to celebrate all those classic one-liners, like Golem’s “My precious” (“Lord of the Rings”), or this line from Titanic “I’m the king of the world”. And Rhett Butler’s final line in the Gone With the Wind movie (but not there in the book): “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
One-liners become memorable simply for being themselves and of course they are easy to remember too! They are either comedic, inspiring, emotional, or so very unique that we can’t forget them. So today, I explore the one-liner poem, also called the monostich.
Some might argue about it being a poem, but then again, there is always someone else who will say it is. So regardless of which side you belong to, I think you might enjoy trying to craft one-liner poems (or prose or jokes or whatevers!)
What is a One-Liner Poem?
Not much to them except what their name already states! The one-liner poem, also known as a “monostich”, is a short poem (really) consisting of a single line. This aims to convey a complete thought, emotion, or image in a concise and impactful way. The one-liner poem relies on wordplay, imagery, and/or profound insights to make a lasting impression with just a single line of verse.
Note that it can be as long as the poet wants it to be, but it’s restricted to one line.
Tips for Writing One-liner poems
Writing a one-liner poem involves condensing your thoughts or emotions into a single line while creating impact. Here are some tips on how to write a one-liner poem:
- Choose a central theme or emotion.
- Select words that pack a punch!
- Paint a picture with your words.
- Keep it brief and clear.
- Use wordplay, add puns, and such.
- Play with line breaks, punctuation, enjambments to add rhythm.
- Read other one-liners for ideas.
- Start with a larger idea or even a stanza, and distill it into a single line.
- Pick a common phrase or proverb, or a favorite one-liner, then make it your own by changing its meaning.
- Use a random word generator to generate a word, then build a one-liner around it. This can lead to unexpected and creative results.
- Use magnetic word tiles. There are so many kits available to help you with this.
Note: you can choose to title your poem or not. And remember, the title can be as long as you want it too as well!
Tips on Playing with and Using One-liner poems
Ways you can use these poems
- Use them for social media captions, or as posts themselves.
- Create greeting cards and use these poems within
- Use them on gift-tags to add a personalized touch to your gifts.
- Make it part of a photo or art collage
More tips and ways to play with them
- Rewrite your one-liner poems with some changes,
- like in a game of Chinese whispers
- each variation fitting a different mood (comedic, dramatic, romantic, and so on)
- with subtle changes in punctuation/structure/etc changing the meaning and tone
- Collaboration fun
- Create a chain of one-liners with others, where each person contributes a line around a central theme, or not!
- Begin one-liner poems with a set sentence starter (e.g., “In the silence, I…”).
My One-Liner Poem attempts
These first two reflect the day time scenes in our home right now!
Dust dances and color romances while mirrors reflect the chaos of renewal’s chances.
A canvas of chaos, brushes and grime, of remodel and paint, simply mean – a truly dust-filled obstacle course in rhyme
This one below is for those nights where we wake up in the middle for no reason at all, and then…well..
In the silent night, a “drip-drop” roar disrupts sleep’s shore.
On My Blog and Homefront
My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:
- Giveaway: Five Amazing Artsy Books and Kits, One Lucky Winner
- Heartfelt Thoughts On Mothers & Daughters & Sons and More
- When the Skies Rained Freedom: Blog Tour and Giveaway
- 10 Fun Ways to Be More Bookish + Realistic Goals
- Magic Monday – The Magic of the Written Word
- Sunday Scribblings #172: Kanda Padya: A Kannada Poetic Form: Of the Wondrous Land I Grew Up In
It has been hectic and exhausting. Well, we have some remodel work going on in our home, and even though it is the contractors doing all the hard labor, I feel exhausted at the end of each day as well. It feels like we have been working and living in an obstacle course this past week (and for the next week as well). Plus, given it is one of our two bathrooms that is undergoing work, it means we have all had to learn to work around using just the one.. 🙂 Also means, shorter bath times for my teenager for sure!!
And like I already mentioned, my daughter’s Eagle Scout project has been another ongoing project and I am proud of how much the scouts accomplished these past two weekends! But Saturday did turn out to be fun, what with scouts and parents and the contractors working on our home all vying for the garage space (since it was raining!)
On My Blog and Homefront
Hoping to post everyday this week and hoping our home gets back to normal by the next Sunday Scribblings!! A whole new home, kind of..
This Week’s Celebrations
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week include: Francis Bacon and Lord Byron on the 22nd; Karen Abbott on the 23rd of January; Edith Wharton on the 24th; Robert Burns, Stephen Chbosky, Virginia Woolf, and W. Somerset Maugham on Jan 25th; Shannon Hale and Susan Griffin on the 26th of Jan; Lewis Carroll on Jan 27th; Susan Choi on the 28th.
- It is National Handwriting Day on the 23rd of January
- The 24th observes International Day of Education. It is also Library Shelfie Day (which is observed annually on the Fourth Wednesday in January)
- While it is Burns Supper (UK) on the 25th.
- The 22nd is National Blonde Brownie Day and National Hot Sauce Day.
- Followed by International Sticky Toffee Pudding Day and National Pie Day on the 23rd
- and National Peanut Butter Day on Jan 24
- The 25th is National Irish Coffee Day
- January 26th is National Green Juice Day and National Peanut Brittle Day
- And then National Chocolate Cake Day on the 27th!!
- January 28th is National Blueberry Pancake Day
- The 22nd of January is National Polka Dot Day and Celebration of Life Day
- It is Speak Up and Succeed Day on the 23rd.
- Followed by National Compliment Day as well as Global Belly Laugh Day and also “Just Do It” Day on the January 24th
- National Opposite Day is on the 25th
- While the 26th is National Spouses Day
- India celebrates its Republic Day on the 26th of January
- The 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day
- January 28th observes Christa McAuliffe Day, Pop Art Day, and Lego Day, among others
Related Reads and More
- Check out these fun Poetry Tiles from Rayliad
- I am loving this Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Hot Sauce from Bushwick Kitchen!! It has that right combination of two delicious flavors we love in our family – that heat of the Sriracha sauce and that tangy sweet and spiciness of the Gochujang!!
- While you are trying out one-liner poetry, why don’t you pair with one-line drawings as well?!
- These books can help you create a work of art with your one-liner poem + one-line drawing pairing…
- Special Effects: Lettering and Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Amazing Lettered Art – Explore New Styles, Colors, and Mediums by Grace Frösén paired with The Art of the Line in Drawing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Simple, Expressive Drawings by Frederic Forest
- 15-Minute Drawing: One Line Drawing by Heinke Nied paired with Creative Lettering and Beyond by Laura Lavender
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. Will you be writing one or more one-liner poems? And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?