More Wordle Poems

So, I’m still addicted to Wordle and look forward to each daily puzzle. I’ve realized that an upside to writing poems with my word guesses is that there’s a consolation prize to doing poorly at Wordle (aka needing more guesses). For me, it’s easier to write poems with four or five words than with three words. So, even when I’m not doing as well, I have more poetic material to work with. I’ve revised my “rules” so that it’s okay to use different forms of a word as long as the base word is included. Really, I’m just focusing on fun and not on finesse. I enjoy following the words and seeing where they lead me.

Update: What I mentioned last week and failed to mention this week is that credit for the Wordle poetry idea goes completely to Buffy Silverman, not to me.

word guesses: fairy, tried, crimp, prick

Foiled

When child was born
rogue fairy tried
to weave foul magic
to crimp her life–
one single deadly
finger prick.
(Enchanted wheel
should do the trick!)
But evil wishes
don’t prevail
when others work
to change the tale.
Heart-cast magic
with best intent
can alter spells
from malcontent.

ยฉMolly Hogan

word guesses: frame, mouth, mount

Cookie Heist

“I’ve been framed,” she cried
with her mouth open wide
smeared chocolate on her chin
crumbs trailing behind–
All mounting evidence
of a culinary crime.

ยฉMolly Hogan

The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted this week by Irene Latham at her blog, Live Your Poem. Make sure to stop by and contemplate all things patient.

45 thoughts on “More Wordle Poems

  1. Culinary Crimes! That makes me smile so big. ๐Ÿ™‚ Molly, what joy to see where these words take you… thank you! xo

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  2. katswhiskers says:

    Foiled is SUCH a clever compilation! Love the wordplay. And love what you’re doing with your Wordle, Molly. Such fun!

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  3. haitiruth says:

    So fun! I love the “heart-cast magic” of the first one. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  4. Janet F. says:

    I have not allowed myself to even consider Wordle yet. Plate. Full. But it intrigues and your poems so much more so. I know Buffy gave us that idea so I will go back and read again when I decide to give it a go. I think I would like to try and both of these poems are so well done and fun!! Thanks, Molly for sharing your process and your modifications! A new form emerges!!! I hope you are considering the Golden Die contest, did we discuss this maybe? Anyhow, your words also remind me of David Harrison’s WOM poems and I found that in the right writing moments those really triggered some great memories for me, too. Bravo! Clapping and smiling here where we are getting some of the east coast snow before it makes its way north. Not sure of your forecast. But maybe 10 in here by Sat. we are now near Princeton NJ.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      The best thing about Wordle is that you just play one game a day. It really is a minimal time investment. I’m hoping to have time to submit to the Golden Die contest but as you said–Plate. Full. And after tomorrow’s storm we should have a yard full of snow–they’re forecasting 12-18+ inches.

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  5. Laura Shovan says:

    Your word guesses are such a perfect fit for a fractured fairy tale. And I laughed at the culinary crime. We all know who stole the cookie from the cookie jar!

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  6. I’m addicted also, and now you’ve given me an idea of what to do with my guesses. Oh me oh my… I may never get past this! Thanks for the fun idea as well as the fairy tale cleverness… tee hee.

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  7. Elisabeth says:

    These are delightful! I just love the sentiment in these lines:

    But evil wishes
    donโ€™t prevail
    when others work
    to change the tale.
    Heart-cast magic
    with best intent
    can alter spells
    from malcontent.

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  8. Liz Garton Scanlon says:

    Ha ha ha this is so clever and so much fun!

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  9. tee+d says:

    What a GREAT IDEA to expand the daily challenge of a Wordle with poetry! And these are so fun!

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  10. Tabatha says:

    I’m addicted, too ๐Ÿ™‚ Great poems, Molly! I especially like “evil wishes
    donโ€™t prevail/when others work/to change the tale.”

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  11. I love what you have done with the Wordle guesses. I may have to try this soon.

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  12. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, I am intrigued by your Wordle poetry and your perseverance as a player. Both poems are so creative but my heart goes out to #2 with its baking theme. I can always tell when a culinary crime is underway in my house. I try to leave hints that all are off limits but the bell on my new refrigerator catches the thief every time. Hooray for you with your Wordle Fun. Guesses turn into poetry.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It’s funny because today I guessed in 2 tries–whoa! I was excited but then a bit disappointed because I realized it would be tougher to write a poem with only 2 guess words. lol

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  13. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh, Molly….love the “rules.” You are so fun. Your constraints are the consolation prize. If that’s not a positive attitude, I don’t know what is. Love your take on fairy tale. I need to get back to some fairy tale writing. I miss it a bit.

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  14. maryleehahn says:

    You remain my mentor for this poetry form. My attempts are still too lame to share. And yet YOU manage RHYME!!! (sigh) But I agree about the consolation prize. And sometimes I deliberately try a word that won’t solve the puzzle, but that WILL give me a more interesting poem. Not always a fruitful strategy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. I love these! What a great idea–so glad you’ve adopted Buffy’s idea, which I hadn’t seen. I JUST did a Wordle, and this is the first one I’ve totally failed, so I could’ve had all 5 words to play with. You created such playful poems here, and I extra love Foiled!

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  16. jama says:

    I’ve yet to jump on the Wordle bandwagon but I did enjoy your poems today. You’re having too much fun!!

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  17. rosecappelli says:

    Thanks to you and Buffy for the great idea! I’m going to give it a try. Your poems are so well done!

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  18. margaretsmn says:

    What wonderful Wordle whimsy! Love them. I played the day that prick came up and I had another connotation altogether that wasn’t what I should put into a poem. So clever with the prick trick.

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  19. We are hooked on Wordle. Your description that it isn’t a “time suck” is so true. For this Sunday morning’s word, Hannah, a friend here in Carpinteria, and I all agreed to start with the same word and go from there in a little friendly competition. This all makes me think the second word is key to getting Wordle in 3 or 4 turns.

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  20. janicescully says:

    I loved that good prevails in your first poem and the humor in both. I have to introduce myself to Wordle.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Hope you’ve tried Wordle and are enjoying it. I just heard today that the NYT bought it. I’m hoping that won’t lead to an end to its availability without subscription ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  21. Most of my author and bookish friends on Facebook are also going crazy over Wordle – so you are definitely not alone. How awesome that you are able to craft poems out of these random words. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Bridget Magee says:

    I love both of these wordle-inspired poems, Molly. The second one is ‘a-dough-able’! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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