ROUND ONE: 8-visage vs. 9-miscreant

r1f2 8-visage vs. 9-miscreant

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Here are the poems:

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


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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8-visage vs. 9-miscreant

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  • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!