Some very short poems include Passing Time by Maya Angelou, We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks and On the Antiquity of Microbes by an undetermined poet. Japanese Haiku poems are also considered to be a very short literary form.
Considered, by many, to be the all time shortest poem, On the Antiquity of Microbes consists of the following: Adam Had´em. The poem was originally attributed to American humorist Ogden Nash but a 1927 issue of a Mount Ranier National Park newsletter quotes the poem and credits Strickland Gillilan as the author.
Passing Time is a lovely poem by Maya Angelou which consists of 23 words. Although the content of the poem is open for interpretation, many believe it is about the imminent end of a relationship.
We Real Cool, by Gwendolyn Brooks, has a word count of just 24 and conveys images of boys at a pool hall who have dropped out of school, drink gin, listen to jazz and will likely die young.
Haiku are short poems which traditionally consist of three lines with a syllable pattern of 5,7,5.