Sharpettes and Annie Ruth’s Truths, December

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.




Festive event; To honor, praise
Like an acknowledgment with parties and joy.


Annie Ruth & David Sharp
Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”

A friend of Annie Ruth was planning a party. The friend was at least 20 years younger than Annie. She told Annie Ruth, who was now 81 years old, she was going to start at 7:00 pm, and hoped Annie and some of her other pals could come. Annie said she and the women she would bring were too old for 7:00 pm parties. She told her friend that she needed to be home before it got dark, and would be in bed by 9:00 pm. She suggested that if her friend really wanted her to be there, then she should start the party at 5:00 pm. “Five?!”, the friend exclaimed. “Yes,” Annie explained, with a wry smile. “That way we can come, even if we’re leaving while everyone else is coming.”

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