ROUND ONE: 7-baubles vs. 10-saboteur

r1f2 7-baubles vs. 10-sabateur

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Here are the poems:

I’m stuffed
by Catherine Johnson

My clown suit is saggy, these clothes oh so baggy
Are badly in need of new stuffin’
I found decorations, some sequins and stars
And scoffed down a moldy old muffin.

Now stuffed full of bling, my old clown suit did sing
Every move on the stage made me clatter.
I fell on my bottom, the baubles spilled out
And that was the end of the matter.


Mom Says Goodnight
by Ally Keenan

Heartless monsters lurking under my bed,
Ghastly images roar through my panic stricken head.
Creeping gnarly razor-blade tipped claws shred at any ounce of hope I had left.
White knuckles, Sweaty palms, Pounding heart,
I am filled with fear
I catch a glimpse of the mirror and see, a fearful caricature of me.
My greatest saboteur is the darkness and how it makes my imagination stir.


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  • Catherine

    Oh that’s beautiful, Ally!
    Darkness is so creepy

    • Ally Keenan

      Thank you so much! I loved your poem as well. It was so creative and fun to read :)

  • deborahhwilliams

    I think Baubles Saboteur is fabulous name for a stripper. ;-)

    • Catherine Johnson

      Ha ha! Good one Deborah

    • Mother Streusel

      I couldn’t resist pointing out this comment out to my mother who has been voting on all the match ups. We both found it very amusing.

      • Catherine


    • Ed DeCaria

      How did I miss THIS comment last year? :)

  • Linda Baie

    Both of these touch children’s lives-laughter in clowns & being afraid of the dark. Nicely told stories!

  • Quinette Cook

    Catherine, All I can think of is poor, sad clown.
    Ally, your poem has so many nuances to it.

    • Catherine

      Oh dear I didn’t mean for him to be sad lol.

  • Marileta Robinson

    I’m struck with how convincingly Mom Says Goodnight describes kids’ fear of the dark.

    • Ally Keenan

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me :)

  • Mother Streusel

    Awesome job, ladies!!!

  • Damon Dean

    The monster of dark is indeed the scariest of all! What we can’t see we imagine (esp poets). Great poem Ally.
    Catherine, you funny clown had a great finale! Loved the story.

    • Catherine

      Thanks, Damon

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    Great job poets!