Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, May

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.



glass jar

See through sand; a clear beach
Like scorched earth becoming windows into life.


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?!”

Annie Ruth & David

Annie Ruth & David

Discussing a present I bought mom online for her 81st birthday… It was a jar of little notes, each in their own little envelope. There were 31 – she could open one each day and sort of make her birthday last a month. It was sent to her and arrived right on time. Since I only saw pictures of the gift I ordered I had a question for her:

Mom: Oh, David I love the gift you sent me! And I love the jar it came in.
David: Great. So, how tall is the jar?
Mom: Oh, I don’t know.
David: Well, is it a foot tall?
Mom: Who’s foot?





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