All the Cool Kids are Writing Sonnets.

All the Cool Kids are Writing Sonnets.

“Of course I can but I just can’t, you know?

It’s hard,” I whine. “Why can’t this come with ease?”

There’s effort here and yet it doesn’t show.

So close, the words won’t rhyme or scan; they tease.


I wish for depth of feeling in my words.

Profundity eludes me at all cost.

Significance? There is none, only turds.

But I keep writing even if I’m lost.


My peers all push me to participate

And tell me that I must a sonnet type.

And even though I know it doesn’t rate

I’m writing you this pile of vomit. Tripe!


Although, you see, this poem is not good.

I wrote it, damn it, ’cause I said I would.




30 Responses to “All the Cool Kids are Writing Sonnets.”

  1. Sam Merel says:

    I automatically shiny hearts and stars love this because you rhymed Sonnet with Vomit.

  2. Stacie says:

    HAHAHA. I love it. Because word turds.

  3. You rockstar, you! Good on yeah write editors for making you do this. It’s very catchy!

  4. dowbiggin says:

    This is most certainly the best sonnet ever to include both turds and vomit. You’re a natural.

  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock says:

    OK, I’m so impressed with the four-syllable words you’re slinging around. Fun work and congrats on your sonnet!

  6. saroful says:

    Those trochees are messing with you, too, aren’t they? Friggin sonnets. Friggin editors and their friggin suggestions. :)

  7. You said it and you did it! Amused me. :)

  8. Natalie DeYoung says:


  9. Michael says:

    Now that’s what I call poetry.

  10. Asha says:

    The bard would be proud! He was known for his bawdiness and references to bodily functions. Well done for giving it a go.

  11. Christine says:

    Oh my goodness, this had me laughing so hard. Michelle, I love the irreverence of the whole thing, the light-heartedness, the exasperated tone. I’m not sorry we made you do this. :) It’s a great, fun little poem.

  12. Silverleaf says:

    I’m not sorry they made you do this! It’s amazing! So glad you played a long. Like, Christine said, the exasperated tone is wonderful – it really makes this. Well, that and the fact that you used vomit, turd *and* profundity all in the same piece and made it sound totally natural.

  13. Meg says:

    This is one smart-ass, cranky sonnet and I love it.

  14. innatejames says:

    I totally just snorted loudly in my office reading your vomit sonnet. My office is extremely quiet so it echoed. That’s all on you.

  15. Fun! I enjoyed reading this. Thank you!

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