The challenge this week was to write a poem in which two words opposite in meaning were used in both the body of the poem and the title. Here are the results.
Jane Yolen left this poem in the comments.
News/NoiseKim Kasch also left a poem in the comments.
The ticker tape parade
as news, but it is not.
Instead,what we’ve got,
is a noisy celebration,
on polls, bumper stickers,
buttons, sound bytes,
that are merely guesses.
quickly into noise
when there is no science
behind it, or math.
God–or at least Hearst
and the pundits--
Writing on a dirty wall,
the moving hand,
mene, mene, teckle uparsin,
and that is all.
copyright 2009 Jane Yolen
“Love or Loath”Jacqueline at Neverending story shares a poem entitled Clean vs. Green.
Lo . . .
It’s easy to fall in
Yet the hardest game to win
I've loved then lost
and loathed the cost
It's such a wicked price to pay
when love is free to give away
Lisa Chellman at under the covers gives us the poem Blind/Sighted.
I tried hard to write a funny poem, but my poems and I are sailing through the doldrums right now. At any rate, here's my contribution.
The Long and the Short of It
“Here’s the thing”
before launching into a rambling story that
grasps at fading memories and revelries
Interrupted by stops and starts
intrusions of other remembrances
“Now, where was I?”
describing the childhood kitchen where her mother
cooked meals for a growing brood
I remember only the kitchen table and chairs,
the apron my grandmother wore,
the pantry where chocolate treasures were concealed in a chip can
What does this have to do with Mrs Murphy’s daughter?
I wish I knew
The stories are long
my patience sometimes short
Still I listen for
my mother’s laugh
my grandmother’s whisper
past reverberating into future with
time moving ever forward
wondering how you summarize a life
well spent and long lived
It's not too late if you still want to play. Leave me a note about your poem and I'll add it to the list.