What Are Some Examples of a Terse Verse Poem?

Terse verse poems begin with a question, and then two rhyming words provide the answer. For instance, the proper reply to “What do you call an empty seat?” is “bare chair.” Another terse verse is, “What do you call floral electricity? Flower power.” “What do you call an autumn dance?” earns the response “fall ball.” Terse verse is also referred to as higgly-piggly or hinky-pinky poetry.

Sometimes terse verses focus on nature, such as “What do you call an uninterested pumpkin? A bored gourd.” Other examples are, “What do you call sugary paws? Sweet feet,” “What do you call autumn writing? Fall scrawl” and “What do you call a complimentary oak? Free tree.”

Terse verses often revolve around ordinary objects. These include, “What do you call a sugary snack? Sweet treat,” “What do you call a tight carpet? Snug rug,” and “What do you call a simple locomotive? Plain train.”

This type of poetry is also humorous at times, as in “What do you call a monster trainer? Creature teacher.” Other silly terse verses include “What do you call a steak stealer? Beef thief,” “What do you call an amusing roll? Fun bun,” and “What do you call a kid’s ship? Goat boat.”