Writing Exercise – the couplet

by | March 6, 2016 | Writing Exercise | 4 comments

By Ashley Lister

These are the opening lines from a poem of mine called, 7 Real Signs of Aging:

The seven real signs
of aging
Have sod all to do
with your skin tones changing
They’re nothing to do
with facial care
Or fifty shades of
dull grey hair
They’re not affected
by a smiling eye’s twinkle
And they’re nothing to
do with any old wrinkle
They’re more to do
with your saggy bits
Like balls and
backsides, jowls and tits
We reach an age where
no one wants to bang us
Cos our balls are
dangly or our tits are hangers.
The first of the
seven signs is a drag:
Cos that’s when your
perky bits all start to sag

Traditionally the couplet is simply two lines of poetry that share the same end rhyme. In the first stanza above, pairing such as aging/changing, care/hair and twinkle/wrinkle help to sell this piece as rhyming verse that’s written to amuse. This is one of my favourite forms because it’s an easy approach to writing poetry. All a writer needs to do is find a pair of words that rhyme and make them into a verse.

This is another example of a poem that’s made up of rhyming couplets. Apologies if it’s rough around the edges but this one is a work in progress.

I don’t have time for most sex toys
They’re made for girls – and I’m a boy
They’re shaped like willies or Bishop’s hats
And I don’t have any need for that
They’re pink and bendy and most will buzz
But I don’t need one of those because
When I feel frisky and get undressed
It’s true to say, I’m quite repressed
And, whilst I think sex is fantastic
I get put off by buzzing plastic
And, being of heterosexual stock
I’ve no need for a rubber cock
But there are some tools I do desire
When I want my pleasure to move higher
If you want to hear me cheer and cheer
Pass me the remote and a bottle of beer

As always, I’d love to see your couplets n the comments box below.

Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. Lisabet Sarai

    I like the fifty shades of dull gray hair!

    Time to put on my thinking cap…

    • Ashley Lister

      Can't wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  2. Sam Kruit

    Am doing a poem called 'Pole-dancing isn't a summer job'….

    They're not ones for conversation
    in this witless congregation…

    • Ashley Lister

      Sam – love it. And what a brilliant title for a poem.

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