Instagram Specific Poems - Short and Sweet

Updated on April 12, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Instagram Poetry - a New Trend

The rise of social media and the huge effect it has on most peoples lives has changed the way we do a lot of things. Poetry is no exception.

Poetry is no exception. A new wave of poets has arisen who write specifically for an Instagram (and to a lesser extent, Twitter) audience. There is a plethora of poets who are attracting a huge audience of followers by writing short poems typically the length of only one or two stanzas. Some of these include j.ironwood, aracelimream, topher kearby, m.firechild, Atticus, Tyler Kent White etc.

These poets and others have seized the demands of Internet audiences, and their short attention spans, to have short, sharp things to read which they can devour in a few seconds of their busy day.

I recently joined Instagram and decided why not join this growing trend. So, here are a few of my untra-short/ flash-poems that I have written so far. Most of these poems are even too short to be given titles, but the most popular theme seems to be love and relationships.

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A Collection of My Instagram Specific Poetry

It's easier to say "I Love You,"

and promise the world,

than to prove it.

Let your actions profess it every day,

not just your words.

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I love you ...

With much more than just my heart.

You fill every pore of my skin ...

And I tingle ...

Every time I think of you.

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Each day I wake from slumber

I push my dreams asunder.

Did you dream? I wonder.

Maybe of me, Down Under.

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Close your eyes ... just for a moment,

Lose yourself in thoughts of nothing

And let your dreams take control.

Like a runnaway freight train ...

With no brakes.

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There's just one thing that matters,

Not wealth, or looks, or grace.

As long as I have your true love

Everything falls into place.

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Life happens.

It's a process we can't control.

So, just live it!

Rejoice in the unexpected

And be constantly amazed

Where it leads you.

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Each day I wake up ...

thinking about you.

I go to sleep ...

thinking about you,

And I think about you ...

Every minute in between.

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Some people are so thoughtless,

Cruel words cut like a knife.

But, even on your darkest days

You bring sunshine to my life.


So, let me lead you by the hand,

We'll find a secret place

Where no one else gets jealous

By the beauty of your face.

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        John Hansen 5 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Mike, I am blown away by that comment. I do what I do lol. Thanks.

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        mckbirdbks 6 days ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John -

        You write micro poetry so well

        The rest of us might just go to ....

        what rhymes with well?

        You certainly can pack a punch within a few short words. There were several feeling 'captured' in the raindrops of your contributions

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        John Hansen 8 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Paula, I have no idea but that seems like a distinct possibility. I know I have sometimes commented on one of Bill's Mailbags and the comment hasn't appeared. I imagine with the number of comments he gets one could certainly be lost in the rush. I am not the most tech-savvy person around either. At other times when using an iPad the window would shut down before I finished a comment and I would lose it and have to start all over...that can be frustrating. I like the flying duck analogy :)

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        Paula 8 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah.....Someone just told me that if multiple comments have been sent to the same destination at the same precise time, a comment can be shot down......and never reach where it was sent.! Are they pulling my leg....or just fabricating? As clueless as I am about the tech world, I'm afraid I'd believe just about anything!! LOL It's not nice to mess with naive boomers! I have this picture in my mind of hundreds of birds flying in formation and one being shot down & spiraling to the ground.....and the poor thing had my comment in his beak!! LOL. I need help, Jodah!

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        John Hansen 8 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Shannon, it was me and yes now you know why. Thanks for visiting this and commenting. Cheers.

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        shanmarie 8 days ago

        I'm a lot behind and would try to play "catch up" except that I learned long ago that never works here on HP. So I stumble around and try to visit people. Here I am. LOL

        Was it you who recently told me one of mine would be good for Instagram? Yes, it was. Just looked. It was on the one I published the other night. LOL. Now I know more about what prompted that comment. Thanks again.

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        Paula 8 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        BUMMER! I know you would not have deleted it Jodah. I wonder what I must have done? I spent some time with it too. I'd not be able to repeat it all as it was. I'll just try to make sure this doesn't happen again. Maybe my computer is being goofy. Thanks Jodah.

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        John Hansen 8 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Paula, Well I just went through all the comments and there certainly isn't one from you here. I wouldn't have deleted it as I value your comments greatly. So, for some reason it mustn't have saved. As you know I try to reply to every comment. Anyway, thank you so much for reading this and if you would like to repeat your previous comment I would greatly appreciate it.

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        Paula 8 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah....I commented here a few days ago! Have any of your comments been lost or sent to your spam folder? I'm really curious.

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        John Hansen 9 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey manatita, and thanks for the info about the Chocolate Poetry Club. It sounds interesting and would certainly cater for this type of poetry.

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        manatita44 9 days ago from london

        Superb pieces all and yet different. You are right about the catching rave. Try Chocolate Poetry Club. They chose someone's every week to highlight and have competition from around the world. It's called 'choc verse'. It can go up to seven lines and so many words (I have forgotten)

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        John Hansen 9 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Shauna,

        Thank you for that generous comment. All the best to you.

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        Shauna L Bowling 10 days ago from Central Florida

        John, you have the touch no matter the length. Your poetry is smooth and flows like like the breeze.

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        John Hansen 10 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you MsDora. I started by posting just a couple of verses from poems I had already written but now I just write short poetry specifically aimed at Instagram. Thank you.

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        John Hansen 10 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Rasma. Yes, I have Instagram on my smart phone and iPad. I only joined it a couple of months ago. The is no,reason you can't do the same thing elsewhere as you have done. Glad you enjoyed.

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        John Hansen 10 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you so much Devika.

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        John Hansen 10 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Nikki. Yes, it is a new and popular trend that is worth exploring. Glad you found this interesting and inspiring.

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        Dora Weithers 10 days ago from The Caribbean

        Proof that the length of the poem is only one aspect (and not the most important) of beautiful poetry. Love can be just as heartfelt in a few words. Verses all well done!

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 11 days ago from Riga, Latvia

        These are delightful. Enjoyed. A nice trend only problem for me is not realizing that Instagram was only for those with smartphones with cameras I joined and so my account sits. I get by with a regular mobile and a digital camera. However, this trend greatly impressed me and I do something similar poetically speaking by creating memes using my own photos and writing poetic sayings.

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        DDE 11 days ago

        Awesome! Your style of poetry has moved to another level and I like it.

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        Nikki Khan 11 days ago from London

        This is new idea John of Instagram poetry, and I’ve liked it so much.Loved to read the span of love.Interesting and inspiring as always.

        Bless you!

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        John Hansen 11 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi, Ruby. Thanks for reading, I'm glad you like the idea of the short Instagram poems. Yes, I am the same in regard to attention span. I used to love reading novels but I have probably only read one in the last year and find myself attracted to shorter types of writing.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 12 days ago from Southern Illinois

        This is my first to read Instagram poetry and I like it. My attention span is getting shorter. The thought of reading a book is burdensome.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Linda, yes it is an interesting new avenue for poetry..but effective. Thank you.

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        Linda Crampton 12 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I hadn't heard of Instagram poetry before I read this article. I like the idea. I like your poems, too!

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Aw thanks, Jill :)

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        Jill Spencer 12 days ago from United States

        Oops! Forgot to weigh in on my favorite John Hansen instagram poem: “There’s just one thing.” That’s how I feel about my husband so neatly expressed.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Jill, I just read The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniels. What a brilliant poem...I love it! Thank you for sharing that and reading these poems of mine.

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        Jill Spencer 12 days ago from United States

        Jeffrey McDaniels!

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        Jill Spencer 12 days ago from United States

        Loved reading about this trend. Thank you! It made me think of”The Quiet World “ by Jeffrey Daniels, I think. May have his name wrong. Anyway, I think the poem would appeal to you. I heard Jeff Coleman read it and felt real delight. Best! You always provide fun, stimulating content. Jill

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading and commenting, Michael.

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        Michael-Milec 12 days ago

        Noble Idea in practice. As if the best nourishment for soul and spirit given in few words, the most and best. - to memorize on the way of life toward new beginnings...

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Aw, thank you for such a lovely comment MizB. I am so glad you liked these little poems.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Aw, thank you for such a lovely comment MizB. I am so glad you liked these little poems.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 12 days ago

        John, these are just great. Most have such sweet words. My favorite is the one that ends "you bring sunshine to my life." Your poetry brings sunshine to my life!

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Marie. Good to see you.

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        Marie Flint 12 days ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

        Very cool!

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        I am glad you enjoyed these short verses Ann, especially "Down Under" and my slight play on words there lol.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Venkat. Instagram is just another place to share my work and do so,etching a little different. Thanks for the kind comment.

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Linda, I was the same about joining Instagram. I was already on Facebook and Twitter (which I just can't get) and HubPages, and even though my family and friends mentioned Instagram I thought why bother. Well i finally checked it out and its ok..much better than Twitter I think. Poems this short can be difficult, and I am no expert yet. Thanks for the kind comment.

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        Ann Carr 12 days ago from SW England

        Love this selection of short verse, especially the 'down under' one!

        This is very entertaining, John.

        Ann

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        Venkatachari M 12 days ago from Hyderabad, India

        Very nice poems. Both meaningful and short.

        Congratulations on joining Instagram. Even though I come across some of my friends sharing from there, I don't think of joining there.

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        Linda Lum 13 days ago from Washington State, USA

        John, I really don't "get" Instagram. Not sure why we need another social media platform (of course, perhaps if I joined I'd have that 'aha' moment). I like these abbreviated poems, but I think they must be more difficult to pen. Each word matters. You did these VERY well.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        I asked the same thing until recently, Eric. Friends and family encouraged me to join it. It's just another avenue to share my writing and stuff. Glad you like the short poems.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Li-Jen. I think I joined about a month ago...still a lot to learn, but getting there. Glad you liked these.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Chitrangada. Yes, I appreciate you following my poetry on Instagram. I admit I am still learning about it all and I have neglected to use hashtags up until now...thanks for the reminder.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Mary, there is at least a lot of original poetry that is a change from regurgitated quotes.

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        Eric Dierker 13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        What the heck is Instagram? But having a very short attention span I really like these. However I like getting "lost in". I think fine poetry like yours is an escape for me. Although if anybody has a life like mine, the last thing they would do is escape.

        And to think of it, short poems can be incorporated easily into one's day. Hmm.

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        Li-Jen Hew 13 days ago

        Hey Jodah, welcome to Instagram. Have fun. Cute poems. Romantic and dreamy. The last one is the funniest haha. Thanks for sharing. :)

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        Chitrangada Sharan 13 days ago from New Delhi, India

        I have been reading your poems on Instagram, and they are really good!

        Some people like to read shorter versions, which they find easier to comprehend. I believe this is a great idea to reach wider audiences. Once they recognise your work, they would not like to miss your other works, on any other social media platforms. I hope you are using the relevant hashtags in your poems.

        Thank you for sharing your wonderful poems!

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Booty grams, Frank, really? :) Yes, insta -poems seem to be the latest fad. They are fun to write and seem to gain the writers a good .following

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        I was surprised too, Flourish, until someone gave me the names of some poets there. Some are really good.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Chris, I am spreading my work around somewhat. Instagram poems are a little like the flash fiction stories.You need to say a lot in so few words. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Audrey, poems this short take some getting used to...but they do have their place. You do need to make each word important.

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        Mary Norton 13 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        I am not so active on Instagram but I would love to read some of these original creations rather than the usually copied quotes.

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        Frank Atanacio 13 days ago from Shelton

        Is that really a thing Insta-poems? First time I've heard it.. man I must be out of sync with the rest of the world.. I've seen booty grams.. oh wait... I have not seen Booty grams..wink..wink.. well the folks you Insta your poetry will be in for a pleasant surprise..

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        FlourishAnyway 13 days ago from USA

        I’m surprised to see poetry on Instagram but then why not? Interesting format and I like the short stuff.

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        Chris Mills 13 days ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

        John, the shorter the writing, the more each word counts. I hope these short pieces gain you a good following on instagram. Fortunately, you have several venues for your work, including longer poems. Nice work. I like these.

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        Audrey Hunt 13 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I like these "short" poems, but I think I prefer the longer ones. Or, maybe I simply need to get use to this idea. Having said this, there is much meat in these shorties and it makes me think that perhaps "less is more". Thanks, John

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