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Here are the poems:
By Mary Lee Hahn
The sun is finally shining and the field at last is dry.
But here I sit, still stuck inside, dividing x by y.
Homework is inhuman, its inventor vile and cruel.
The law should read that schoolwork’s done within the walls of school.
My mother is a monster too, for when I’m done with math
She’ll make me clean my closet, make my bed, and take a bath.
My work is all completed; I’ve escaped its ball and chain.
I grab my bat to run outside…and then it starts to rain.
By Suz Blackaby
Tarantulas are hairy, scary
creatures on the hunt,
and tasty little frogs are just
the bite-sized snacks they want.
Instead these two, with deadly force,
devour each other’s predators,
outfoxing those that do not suss
their bond, which seems incongruous.
6-inhuman vs. 14-incongruous: Which Poem Did You Prefer?
- 6-inhuman (Mary Lee Hahn) (66%, 245 Votes)
- 14-incongruous (Suz Blackaby) (34%, 125 Votes)
Total Voters: 370
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