The 15 saddest attempts at brand verse from #NationalPoetryDay

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Roses are red, babies are barefoot. Not every hashtag requires your input.

National Poetry Day, which takes place on the first Thursday of October, was founded in 1994 to promote verse in the U.K. But thanks to Twitter, where hashtags have a way of flouting borders, it’s become a full-blown thing in the U.S. And where there’s a trending topic, you’ll find brands trying desperately to engage. Yesterday was no exception.

What follows are 15 well-intentioned but ultimately misguided attempts by brands to contribute a verse. Tip for next year: If your plan involves rhyming "Violets are blue" with "healthy for you," just don’t. 

Whataburger

Samsung

Sony

Liftshare

Red Vines

Tidy Cats

Mignon Plano

White Castle

Krispy Kreme

Giggle

CoinCorner

Viva Towels

Cal-EZ

Upper Deck

BirdDog Software

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