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.
More than enough; a rich supply
Like the sum of stars in a midnight sky…
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, being the generous Great-grandmother, grandmother and mother she is, invited the kids, the grandkids and great-grandkids over for a dinner. She cooked up a storm… but no one came. They all had some reason or another. However, as life would have it, friends stopped by and of course they smelled the food and wondered if they could partake of Annie’s famed cooking. By the time everyone had come, eaten and left, there was hardly any food left if the relatives who had been invited inquired later in the evening or the next day.
Annie made a list of what she had cooked. The menu was: 2 skillets of cornbread, fried corn, cabbage, green beans and potatoes (mixed together), beef Rice-a-Roni, salad, candied yams, and okra.
When her son called from across the country and heard this story, he said, “Mom, I’m not use to you writing down what you cooked. Why did you make a written menu?” Annie Ruth responded, “I wrote it down to tell ‘em what they wouldn’t be getting.”