Courtesy of Sir Normblog, I have learned of text-message poems (verse which makes a virtue of this limit), and this winning example from Sophie Hannah.
Blank spaces count as characters. It's true.I'm delighted with this idea and, having given you my Haiku some time ago, I'm sure I'll be posting an example soon. In the meantime I like the way that the discipline clips a famous stanza from Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat in a way that emphasises the poem's message, to wit:
I wasn't sure. And then I thought of you.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,Supply your own regret after the abrupt truncation.
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of
Next stop - or maybe the same thing - keitai tanka.