What is micropoetry?

Micropoetry is very short poetic verse. The only rules are those consistent with the form of short poetry chosen (for example haiku, tanka, senryu and gogyohka) and the character length limitations set by the publication medium (Twitter limit is 140 characters and mobile phone 160 characters). Poetry beyond those parameters is no longer considered micropoetry.


Micropoetry is meant to be shared via social media. It even has its own hashtag #micropoetry.

Micropoetry can be free verse, but there are many short poetry forms which can be used:

  • Haiku is usually 17 syllables or less, and can be divided into three groups of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, employs sensory language to capture a feeling or image
  • Gogyohka literally translates as “five-line poem” or “song”
  • Tanka generally consists of consists of five lines with syllables units of 5-7-5-7-7
  • Senryu is structurally similar to haiku but more concerned with human nature and satiric humor

Learn more about micropoetry on the web (Micropoetry.com and TinyWords.com for example) and follow it through social media including Twitter and Tumbler. You can also find an amazing selection of outstanding micropoets nominated for The Shorty Awards.

Micropoetry, such as haiku, has long been considered a visual as well as textual form – pairing images and words for greater impact.

Write and Share Your Micropoetry

Your challenge is to write and share your micropoetry.  You can be as free as you choose. Write Twaiku (Twitter Haiku) or free verse. Write about nature or human nature. Focus just on text or pair it with an image. Just remember, micropoetry is meant to be shared. We urge you to share your work through one of the #WEKY channels via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or the Web.

Take your work to the next level by working with others to create a collection such as these published by Tiny Words or you can create a video collection as Holly Ducarte does here. You can even create this low-tech Poet-Tree almost anywhere. You can also create a dramatic video poem.

Visit our Micropoetry prompt for last year on Prezi.

Image by MM Del Rosario of “Haiku meaning and examples