#Terriblepoetry – Little Willie poems

Here are my first every terrible poems for Chelsea Owens Terrible poetry challenge.

I have written limericks, which may or may not fit the rules, but what could be more terrible than breaking the rules! Hehe!

Little Willie went to Cape Town

His actions made his mother frown

He took a chameleon from the pet shop

and on its body did gleefully hop

The owner replied by knocking him down.


Little Willie snuck out one night and did a pee

In the cupboard where his mother couldn’t see

The next day the towels smelled quite rank

So he threw them in the septic tank

Mother longs for the day, when from him she’ll be free


The ideas for these poems are from my book Silly Willie goes to Cape Town where the main character is a very naughty little boy called Willie.


If you would like to enter, here are the rules:

I normally encourage entrants to follow basic rules; today, however, I’ve decided we need to bring back a type of poem that’s terrible for a reason other than cliché composition. I speak of the Little Willie poems.

Here are the specifics, copied from the last time we tried these:

  1. The Topic is to write a Little Willie poem. The name comes from a way of writing poetry that was popular in the early 1900s.
    From A Treasury of Laughter*:
    “Every paper began to print ‘ruthless rhymes,’ and every contributor tried to invent a catastrophe more gory in event and more nonchalant in effect than its predecessor. The favorite ‘hero’ was Willie, and although other characters sometimes crept into the quatrains, the terse lines became known as ‘Little Willies.’”
    I included three of the tamest examples at the end of this post.
  2. The Length is about four lines, a quatrain. Some were written as limericks or a double quatrain; but most were short, clever, and darkly humorous.
  3. Rhyming is imperative. These poems usually follow an A/A/B/B pattern.
  4. As I said, this week the poems are terrible because of their message. I expect darker tones, questionable humor, and stretches into creative venues writers never knew they had. If you’re sensitive, stay away. If you’re twisted, come on in.
  5. One might be tempted to up the Rating, but this is the sort of clever writing that makes readers uncomfortable but stays in the PG range.

You have till 8:00 a.m. MST next Friday (February 21) to submit a poem.

You can join in here: https://chelseaannowens.com/2020/02/15/the-weekly-terrible-poetry-contest-2-15-2-21/

52 thoughts on “#Terriblepoetry – Little Willie poems

  1. Hi, Robbie! The introduction to your poem is hilarious! I find writing Limericks so challenging, but you did great. Your poem is fun, comical, and best of all it rhymed so well. I loved the little story you told and the imagery, too. ❤ xo

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  2. Wow, Robbie never knew about these type of poems too and I loved both of them. Hahaha so lovely. Silly Willie and all his naughty tricks. Remembering my school days when we used to make such funny poems and had some children like Willie too. Awesome post.

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  3. Robbie, these have me laughing … different poetic stance from the usual and it works well as a limerick format. It was interesting to learn about the history of these poems and I can see the next writer going even more over the top than the one before!

    Hope you and family are having a lovely weekend! 😀

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