I set a competition in my Writing Without Waffle tipsheet for subscribers to write a poem starting with the line “Twinkle, twinkle, little copywriter” (because the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘stars’). Here are my favourite entries.

Twinkle twinkle little copywriterFirst place:

Ian Price, Business Training Direct

Twinkle twinkle, little copywriter

With sword, and pen more mightier

Your credibility is flying higher

I like your work – so does my buyer

Twinkle twinkle little copywriter

Against the Google, you are a fighter

When the careless words are gone

When there’s nothing but syntax wrong

Then you show your talent bright

Twinkle twinkle with words so right

Oh my copywriter – you star

How I wonder what you are!

In the pamphlet’s confusing fog and haze

You find the right endearing phrase

For you there is no mundane copy

No grammatical farce nor construction sloppy

Banished are the clauses that throttle

Indeed you are my Aristotle

So Twinkle more my little star

Between us, let us travel far!

Second place:

Rosemary Godfrey, Pilates Body

Twinkle, twinkle, little copywriter

How I long for your next newsletter

Hints and tips and tricks to share

Let your clients know you care

Twinkle, twinkle, little copywriter

Can you make my marketing better?

Third place:

Jon Radford, Beer & Young Ltd

Twinkle, twinkle, little copywriter

Let your words arouse the nation

Or at least revive my business

Otherwise I shall forsake you

For ….

(Insert your favourite ending here!).

My own humble effort

Twinkle, twinkle, little copywriter

Needs no sword coz the pen is mightier

Using words is so much brighter

Better a wordsmith than a fighter

I didn’t pick the winner because it was the longest (size doesn’t matter, or so they say), but because Ian had matched his version so closely to the original poem. His prize will be in the post shortly.

Do you agree with my decision? Let me know in the comments below.

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