Balderdash and Poppycock



An anapest one sunny day
didida didida didida
had a battle with a dactyl
umpity umpity umpity
That darned pest of an anapest
hit umpity’s chest and came off best
but his fist struck and then stuck,
Didida umpity as long as eternity.

dVerse Poetics last night asked us to be funny.   I was not a-mused – that is until I read a few of the other contributions.  Then Bjorn’s anapestic poem tickled my fancy and this load of nonsense  came into my head, because an anapest is also called antidactylus 


For Octpo 23


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20 Responses to Balderdash and Poppycock

  1. Wonderful words. A friend use to call my daughter “Snicklefritz”…. love that, too.

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  2. Kathy Reed says:

    Great fun with you had with this….does ‘batta,’batta, batta’ work,, too?

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  3. kaykuala h says:

    Cheerfully done, Viv
    Brilliant take up your sleeve!


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  4. Mary says:

    Love this kind of nonsense verse! What fun word play from you today, Viv!

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  5. kanzensakura says:

    bibbity bobbity boo! What a fun read this was. The battle of the forms. thank you for this poem – it made me smile hugely.

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  6. Bodhirose says:

    Oh this is a clever funny one…good job, Viv! 🙂

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  7. whimsygizmo says:

    Love all the sounds happening here. Delighted.

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  8. I’m so glad that Björn tickles your fancy, your funny bone. This anapest really does lend itself to humor poetry and you succeeded so well. Love the Battle of the forms.


  9. Grace says:

    oh, I love this Viv …didida didida didida —- 🙂


  10. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a creative response 😀 love it!

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  11. catterel says:

    You stir long dormant memories of scansion exercises on Latin poetry … and some nonsense rhymes to illustrate different feet 🙂

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  12. Ha.. can you hear me laughing.. :-)… clearly those terms can sound like gobbledygook too… (I’m not sure I know the precise difference between that and Balderdash). 🙂


  13. tialys says:

    I think you need to stop having vodka on your cornflakes Viv 😉

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  14. katechiconi says:

    And then the trochee police came to arrest the anapest: Deeee dah, deeee dah, deeee dah

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