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The inspiration for this poem was how much I struggle to decipher some of the texting acronyms that are out there

Text Speak

While working on this poem

with a great deal of frustration

I decide that the best way

was reader participation.

You have to read the whole words

to help the poem flow

If you want the answers

there is a webpage down below.

FAOWC about

this initialising game.

I wish you would write a code book

so, we could all put the same.

I remember when it was the thing

to use the written word.

Now it’s all initials

it’s really quite absurd.

Some ones are universal

and some, may be classed as rude.

Is that one in the title?

Do you really think I would?

It really is not something new

I remember it was bliss

When you received a letter

and she wrote SWALK.

You got an invitation

they ask RSVP

And if they want a quick reply.

ASAP is what they say.

You have yourself a new BFF

She makes you LOL.

She might turn out to be a PITA

and not quite what she vowed.

She’ll use the famous OMG.

When you tell her something shocking

Or it will be FOFL,

if what you say is mocking.

Sometimes you think that LAB

and makes you want to scream.

You just have to GOWI.

and go and live your dream.


Or do you want to flee?


it’s been good fun for me.

It’s time to DTRT

and stop trying to make this rhythm.

So’ I will say TTFN.

until another time.



Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 23, 2020:

good to write something with a more light hearted theme.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 22, 2020:


This ones cute but your link isn't working.

I, too am lost for the meaning.

I am slowly learning them. Lol

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 07, 2020:

This one has been in my head for a quite a while John. Glad to finally get it out my head and free up some space for more crazy thoughts LOL

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 07, 2020:

Glad you enjoyed this one Ann.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2020:

I have no idea what most if these mean Charlie. Abbreviations have always annoyed me in everyday conversation but now with text speak I am totally lost. I know a few of the common ones like lol (though I too used to think it meant ‘lots of love’), wtf, bbs, ttyl, omg, rotfl etc. even for oldies like me you pick up a few. I guess there is an ever growing dictionary of the meanings of text speak out there somewhere.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 06, 2020:

Clever! I haven't a clue what half of them mean either. Like Lorna, I used to think LOL meant laugh out loud!

Great to have a laugh to take our minds off 'other things' at the moment. Thank you.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 06, 2020:


Lorna Lamon on April 06, 2020:

I definitely would next a text code book Charlie. Your poem is full of wit and made me 'laugh out loud' of LOL I used to think this meant 'lots of love'. You made my day. TTFN.

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