ROUND ONE: 1-drag vs. 16-homogeneous

r1f2 1-drag vs. 16-homogeneous

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Here are the poems:

Squirrel Drag
by Jone Rush MacCulloch

Drag a squirrel from his warm bed.
He’ll roll over playing instead
’til he smells baked cinnamon bread.
Drag a squirrel from his dark lair.
He’ll share fresh snickersnacks on hand
’til he hears The Bumblesnap Band.
Drag a squirrel from his parkland.
He’ll despair ’til his dance with Clare.


Tennis, anyone?
by Julie Krantz

Methinks it stinks that something so ingenuous
as ‘home’ or ‘homogeneous’
is farther from ‘homogenous’
than ‘tennis’ is from ‘tenuous.’

And though I’m fairly game to try
to challenge this distinction,
I hope you will excuse me—
or is that ‘recuse’ me?—with a ‘bye.’


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  • Quinette Cook

    Poor little squirrel, must be a drag to be pushed around in a poem.
    Julie, you made me have to think. ;)

  • Catherine

    Fun word play from Julie and some lovely story from Jone. I want to hear this Bumblesnap band.

  • Linda Baie

    Squirrel antics are always funny, & Julie, I had to slow down-very clever!

  • Damon Dean

    Sweet story Jone, I can imagine this little squirrel’s age! Julie, you served up quite a volley.

  • Mother Streusel

    Great poems. Who doesn’t love a good silly squirrel poem? And that is expert handling of a word I’m not sure I can pronounce let alone spell, Julie.

  • Jone

    Thank you, all!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Both of these made me go “woah”…I’m a sucker for such clever use of words, Julie. And Jone, absolutely beautiful characterization.

  • julie krantz

    Thanks, everybody–love your comments!

    • jone

      Julie, loved your poem. Its was quite fun to read aloud to a class.

      • julie krantz

        Thanks, Jone. I’m honored you read my poem to your class!