I was thinking to do a longer sort of poem this week, but as it's already getting pretty late, I'd better stick to something short. Hence, the epigram.
An epigram is a short, pithy saying, usually in verse, and often with a satirical twist at the end. Famous epigram artists include John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Lord Byron.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge offered this meta-epigram, if you will, defining the genre within its boundaries:
What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
More recent masters of the epigram are Yeats, Pound, and Ogden Nash, whose "Ice Breaking" is reproduced here:
Whew. So now I have to be witty, huh? Well, I'll do my best.
Teach your kids to think
or to foolish depths they'll sink.
is stronger than rope.
Love your kids and hug them tight
For they get older overnight.
You can read more about epigrams and read more examples here. I'll bet you can do better than me...show me what you come up with!