It's always a pleasure to receive an e-mail from our Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis, especially when he's writing to share a new poetic form. We have him to thank for our stretch this week.
A homophoem is a two- to ten-line poem that contains at least one homophone, preferably as the surprise end-word.
If you haven't studied grammar in a while, homophones are words that share the same pronunciation, irrespective of their spelling, but differ in meaning.
Here are some examples of the form, all written by Pat.
No one understood
genetics until Mendel
went to take a pea
The quarterback folds
his hands under the center—
“18, 6, X, haik-! “
A horrid fifth-grader named Nate
Was a bully to every classmate.
When she sent him to school,
His mother—no fool—
Made certain Nate’s jacket was strait.
When the high school band took their places
In the stands for the Rams vs. Aces,
A kid hit a home run,
But confused by the sun,
He kept running around all the basses.
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So, the challenge for the week is to write a homophoem. Leave me a note about your poem and I'll share the results in time for Poetry Friday.