Twitter Laid An X?

The bird that was in Elon’s hand, although

Worth two in any bush, is X-iled from

Its nest at Twitter. Doesn’t Elon know

There’s no good word for tweets on

They can’t be t-X-ts. It’s way too dull. If he

Elects to call them Xes, as he said,

Retweets would be re-Xes, sure to be

Less trendy—did he just not think ahead?

A man who buys a valued brand and wrecks

It, and is coy about his game plan, may

Deliver: he says Twitter laid an X,

An app for every thing you do each day …

No, I don’t buy it. Pull the other leg—

X marks the spot where Elon laid an egg!


Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Florida State University who has returned to live in his native England. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Better Than Starbucks, The Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, MONO., the New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, the Satirist, the Washington Post and WestWard Quarterly. The poem was prompted by these CNBC articles: “Elon Musk rebrands Twitter to ‘X,’ replaces iconic bird logo” and “Elon Musk’s Twitter rebrand shows he’s ‘out of his element’ there—‘I don’t think he understands social media.’”