ROUND ONE: 8-visage vs. 9-miscreant

r1f2 8-visage vs. 9-miscreant

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Here are the poems:

8-visage
Vernal Equinox
by Michele Krueger

Spring makes a stunning entrance
cavorting in today

her frilly ferns and daffodils
waving on display

a visage of refreshment
with buds bursting into bloom

Spring verges onto stardom
as Winter leaves the room

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8-miscreant
Delightful Delinquency
by By Donna Smith

Dandelions grow where e’er they please,
Fairly jumping to tag your knees!
Don’t dig them up nor munch their leaves;
Meddling humans are their pet peeves.
In gardens and lawns, they’re seen as flaws,
But be a delinquent, snub green thumb laws!
Deadhead and blow, don’t think them a weed;
Delight in spreading miscreant seed!

 


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  • http://teacherdance.blogspot.com Linda Baie

    I guess many are dreaming of spring, although officially today, we again have snow coming! Great poems in different ways-dandelions and daffodils, I want them all! Great images!

    • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

      It was a springy kind of pair up. Who knew visage and miscreant were springy words!

  • Catherine

    That’s funny you both picked Spring theme. Appropriate for today and refreshing to read.

    • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

      It is amazing how many matchups do have the same theme with such different words.

  • Quinette Cook

    Today is the first day of spring. I think we can celebrate how wonderful both of these poems are!

  • Damon Dean

    Staged beautifully Michelle! As these bright and colorful actors enter, Stravinksy’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ begins to play in the back of my mind!
    Donna, I laughed out loud! I just talked to a landscaper this afternoon about ‘weeding and feeding’ my yard. I think I’ll just enjoy the fuzzies instead.

    • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

      Oh, I have a funny story about dandelions on my lawn – Arrgh! I should have done that in poem form. It involved miscreant cows! Why, oh, why didn’t I think of that first!

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    I LOVE the use of miscreant. Michelle, that is one of my favorite poems that I’ve ever read that is more beautiful than funny. I’m a sucker for a good laugh, so it has to be really special if it captures my attention without being ridiculous.

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Really well done on both sides. Congrats, poets! But Michele’s beautiful imagery and craft won me over. Lovely.

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Nice characterization, Michele.

  • Dave Crawley

    Spring crept into Pittsburgh on little snow feet. I much prefer these poems!

  • Michele Krueger

    Thanks all for your kind comments! Good match, Donna.. we both have Spring on our minds!

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

    Sorry, it’s taken so long to get here…toddler duty comes first, and now it is naptime! Wonderful poem Michele! Best of luck in the next round!