Friday, November 18, 2011

Witty Repartee

Image Courtesy of The Project Gutenberg

It’s Never Too Late for a Clever Comeback

“Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.” ~Mark Twain

Higgledy piggledy
Humorist Mark Twain said,
“Repartee’s something we
think of too late…”
Twain, like most clever folk
suffered not from this: the
talent’s innate.


Image courtesy of Old Fashioned American Humor
Notes:  The form is Double Dactyl. The inspiration for the poem was today's prompt of "It's too late," as posted by Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides November PAD Competition.


  1. my son does a good repartee, perhaps that comes from being in high school where survival of fittest comes from words,(he was bullied alot years ago) people leave him alone now for fear of his comebacks, I'm so proud of him that way :)

  2. I am incapable of the instant comeback. Love the little poem - double dactyls bring such a compelling rhythm to a poem.

  3. Excellent! It's hard to be quick when you're stunned by the sting of someone else's words!