Ways with Words

If you enjoy writing, love poetry and are looking for a fun way to indulge your love of words, I’ve got just the thing for you.

The New Zealand Book Council run a fun, fast challenge every Friday (or Rāmere in Te Reo) known as Rāmere Shorts via their twitter feed, Read NZ Te Pou Muramura.

At 9am, the Council releases six words via its twitter feed and invites fellow tweeters to use those six words as a basis for a short poem or piece of prose, using 140 characters or less.

You then tweet your master piece using the #rāmereshorts tag.

At the end of the day, the Council announces its favourite offering. It’s areal joy seeing how different people interpret the words to express ideas. Rāmere Shorts is a great way to work on crafting and really encourages brevity of expression.

Here’s a few of my previous forays.

Words: bar, whole, check, side, two, distinct

Two sides, distinct. Bar contact.

But check.

Two sides, makes a whole.

Bar none.

Words: home, over, outline, left, away, open

I left home, over thirty year ago,

couldn’t wait to get away,

craved wide open spaces.

Now, the outline of our home by sea, a family created,

Is enough for me.

Words: path, ready, live, even, small, find


Break even.

Live small.

Find your path, that’s all.


Simple, satisfying, sublime. Just another reason to love Fridays!

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