Today we’ll be posting the first of what will eventually be a series of tanka based on, quoting, inspired by, or responding to, Twitter tantrums from the Trumpeter himself. Tanka (click to learn more) is a traditional Japanese form, similar to haiku, that appears in five lines with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable pattern.

Today’s #TantrumTanka is a found erasure poem, the text lifted verbatim from a Trump Twitter Tantrum dated 8 May 2013. Admittedly, this one didn’t need much erasure, but it helps to make it more tantrum-y. Though he throws these fits repeatedly throughout the day, this lovely website has archived his little gems. Read this, then go to there and see if you get inspired.


Sorry Losers & haters,
but my IQ is the highest
– and you all know it!
Please don’t feel so stupid and
insecure, it’s not your fault!”



© David Siller – 2017




For the first 100 days of the Trumpet administration, this blog will feature a new poem of protest, by my own hand and by others. They will be polished gems, or rough cut drafts of rage, or in process pieces searching for peace. They may be haiku or tanka, limericks or lyrics, verses free or fettered. If you would like to submit to this endeavor, please send an email, with poem saved as a word document (.docx) to waxyandpoetic AT gmail DOT com. All rights remain with the author. VISUAL ARTISTS ! Do you have something visually poetic that you’d like to submit? GO FOR IT!

Please address any formatting preferences in your email. I will post submissions time permitting, with at least one per day. Editing will be limited to obvious errors of spelling and the like.

Read, follow, share, re-tweet, submit, live, love, spread light! Don’t forget to use #100Days100Poems !


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