I recently attended a seminar, “Twitter for Word Lovers,” with branding consultant Catherine Carr, where I learned the ins and outs of what Carr describes as a social media cocktail party. It was there that it dawned on me that Twittering can be a literary art form—and one that can be shaped to suit the multilinguist.
Remembering the “French Sentences” concocted by a poet friend of mine—a seventeen-word sentence about France with the quality of a haiku—this afternoon, in a spill of glorious October afternoon sun, I concocted my first Twitter cocktail haiku:
Quand il fait beau en octobre, il faut que j’arrête de travailler, m’allange, et me chauffe au soleil.
It took only ten minutes but the activity engaged my mind, tickled my imagination, and taught me something new. Bonus: My sudden poetry just might attract the attention of that exotic foreigner on the other side of the Twitter room and cause us to strike up a conversation.