al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh
One thing that can be noticed about the poets of old is that they would always seem to come out with the best comebacks in the form of clever couplets.
One such example is from Ibn Rashiq al-Qayrawanee when he received a letter from Ibn al-Aghlab, the ruler of Majorca, asking him to come to visit him by sea. Ibn Rashiq, afraid of what the sea may bring did not want to set out on such a voyage, so he replied with two lines of poetry:
You ordered me to take my efforts to the sea,
But I disobeyed you, so select another means:
You are not Nooh that your ship can protect me,
nor am I 'Eesa that I can walk on water.