ROUND ONE: 7-baubles vs. 10-saboteur

r1f2 7-baubles vs. 10-sabateur

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Here are the poems:

7-baubles
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.

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10-saboteur
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

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ 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

        :0)

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com/ Ed DeCaria

      How did I miss THIS comment last year? :)

  • http://teacherdance.blogspot.com 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 :)

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ 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!