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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Yellow (11/12/09)

TITLE: A poetic buffet
By Timmy Boyle


Today, I’ve decided to write about some of the wonderfully yellow things in our world, but in a very “Un-yellow” manner.

You see, yellow is associated with cowardice, but I have chosen to bravely step out of my comfort zone and into an arena for which I am far from trained.

The arena of…Poetry!

Having just learned most of these poetic forms within the last few hours, without further ado, I present to you (a fitting rhyme, to be sure):

10 Poems in 10 Styles

A Few of my Favourite Yellow Things
By Timmy Boyle

The Sun
Without the sun, there would be none.
No light. No heat. No day.
Where would we stay without its ray?
The dark. The cold. The night.
Oh no…may it never be so
No heat strokes. No sunburns. No melanoma.
A dark cold night wouldn’t be that bad, after all.

Lemonade (A Ghazal)
Lemonade as sweet as thee.
You are much better than that stupid Iced Tea.

Rubber Duck (An Ode)
It is more beautiful than a rainbow.
It is even more precious than a rare gem.
More pure than water and fresh fallen snow.
More needed than legs or eyes or brain stem.

It is more refreshing than a cool rain
Desired more than beauty or wisdom.
More powerful than a dump truck

Worth more than gold and sleeker than a train.
And tastier than strawberry lip balm.
There is nothing that compares to my old rubber duck.

Hannah Montana’s Hair (A Haiku)
Hannah Montana
She has those flowing blonde locks
What? It’s just a wig!

Bananas (An Acrostic)
Bananas are good.
Apples are not.
Neither are oranges,
Nectarines or

Big Bird (A Pantoum)
Big Bird is massive!
Big Bird is, by far, the biggest bird I’ve ever seen.
There is no bird like Big Bird.
I wouldn’t want to change Big Bird’s cage.

Big Bird is, by far, the biggest bird I’ve ever seen.
I don’t think Big Bird would make a very good pet.
I wouldn’t want to change Big Bird’s cage.
The mess would be crazy!

I don’t think Big Bird would make a good pet.
Big Bird is just too…big.
The mess would be crazy!
I think Big Bird would be too much to handle.

Big Bird is just too…big.
There is no bird like Big Bird.
I think Big Bird would be too much to handle.
Big Bird is massive!

Bumble Bee (A Cinquain)
Strong Warrior
Transforming, Protecting
An Autobot above reproach

Hulk Hogan When He Wore Yellow In The 80’s (A Sijo)
He comes to the ring, pointing to the crowd like he can’t hear them.
In moments he is out cold, but you can’t stop the Hulkster!
Shaking his arm he rises up to leg drop his stunned opponent.

Sponge Bob (A Limerick)
There once was a Sponge with square pants
Who wanted to learn how to dance
His best friend was a star
Who was so very bizarre
They didn’t have much of a chance.

Smiley Face (A Ruba’i)
It’s a mind boggling thought
That I’ve pondered a lot
Who knew that the key to happiness
Would be a big yellow dot!

It's not what you say, it's how you say it!

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Dimple Suit11/19/09
For someone to venture in to unknown territory, you are an explorer. You did a good job of exploring, and capturing, the different styles of poetry. Thanks for sharing.
Anita van der Elst11/19/09
That was the most fun read I've had all day! Thanks for being brave.
Mildred Sheldon11/23/09
I loved this. As the old saying goes. You are braver then I Gungs Din. For this first venture into an unknown arena you did extremely well. KUDO"S Keep writing.
c clemons11/24/09
Enjoyed it.
Barbara Lynn Culler11/26/09
Very unique. As a beginner writer, I don't even know what some of those forms of poetry are!

Congrats on your win.
Noel Mitaxa 11/26/09
Congratulations on your placing, Timmy. You're rocketing up through the ranks, through your courage in trying a variety of genres. Well done, though your courage has to come with being a stand-up comic. (I tried that once, but I had to sit down because everyone kept laughing at me.)
God bless you as your writing career continues to lift off.