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Here are the poems:
At the Base of the Flaming Cliffs
By Susan Taylor Brown
Searching for things not alive anymore,
Roy Chapman Andrews went off to explore.
The great Gobi desert held secrets beneath,
some skulls and some bones and rhinoceros teeth.
“Don’t jostle that fossil, this find is stupendous!”
The eggs he discovered were truly tremendous.
But that leaves a question we just can’t ignore,
which really came first, the egg or dinosaur?
Say it like you mean it.
By J. J. Close
According to my mother, “I’m off to bake a chocolate cake.”
According to my brother, “I’m off to skip rocks in the lake.”
According to my father, “It’s time to lose some weight.”
According to my grandpa, “It’s time to drop wolf bait.”
According to my grandma, “Would you excuse me please?”
According to my baby sis, “I need to squeeze some cheese!”
But for me, you see, these euphemisms don’t make any sense,
So I just say, “IT’S TIME TO POOP!” but that’s just my two cents.
7-jostle vs. 15-euphemism: Which Poem Did You Prefer?
- 7-jostle (Susan Taylor Brown) (49%, 194 Votes)
- 15-euphemism (J. J. Close) (51%, 200 Votes)
Total Voters: 392
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