Monday, January 25, 2016

DMC: "Nothing" by Mindy Gars Dolandis


diddly squat, zero, zilch
bupkis, zippo, goose egg, nil
niekas, niente, niets, niks,
intet, semmi, res, gar nichts
mitte midagi, kitu, wala
boten, kahore, lutho, nada
ekkert, rien, ohunkohun
kanthu, hech, pa gen anyen
tidak ada, apa-apa
na inona na inona
rud ar bith, neneo, waxba
bugger all, nihil, nima
African or Austronesian
urban slang or European
Though it has a different name
the meaning still remains the same

© 2016 Mindy Gars Dolandis. All rights reserved.

Douglas Florian has challenged us to write poems about nothing this month. Read his entire spotlight interview HERE.

Send your poem to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, January 29th, and one lucky participant will win a signed copy of his adorable new picture book:


  1. Wonderful idea, and you're right, no matter the language!

  2. Fantastic! Can I please have permission to share this at my school with students? We have students from many nationalities.....and I'm always looking for items like this.
    And, I'm so jealous that I didn't think of it.
    Michelle, reading all the different ways of writing about nothing has likely been the most fun I've had with TLD. Bravo!

    1. Hi Linda, I'm so glad you're enjoying this month! I am too. :)

      In the past, Mindy has told me she has difficulty commenting on the blog. I've emailed your request and will let you know what she says.

    2. From Mindy:

      Linda, of course you can share this with your students! I am truly honored. And I agree, writing a Nothing poem was total fun. Kudos to Michelle as always, for giving us poets a continuous creative outlet!

  3. What a LOT of work must have gone into this, Mindy. Tidying all these little nothings up into neat couplets? Now that's something!

  4. Oh, that's a good one! There's nothing I would add to it! Thanks, Douglas

  5. breath taking just amazing bound words it would be neat if each spelling wear in a different text very imaginative and beautiful