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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Eek! (02/25/10)

TITLE: Ode(s) To A Spider (Or Two)
By Leah Nichols
02/28/10


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Haiku

eight-legged creature
posed in invisible strands
content in waiting

Quatrain

We must not object to the humongous web
Spread out on the terrace in back
For there end the lives of mosquitos and flies
Such troublesome insects to smack

Acrostic

Sitting motionless
Possibilities exist all around
Imperfect symmetry with
Divine purpose, defined purpose
Every move conditioned
Ready for the exact moment

Clerihew

Little Miss Muffet
Shouldn't be upset
The spider never crawled on her or anything
It only sat down beside her while she was eating

Limerick

A spider who perched on a towel
Committed a terrible foul
For the towel's possessor
A staunch window dresser
Flashed the whole neighborhood with his howl

Villanelle

Wait for the prey
It surely will come
Silently stay
Maybe today
Its wings will succumb
Wait for the prey
Not a cliche
The need to keep mum
Silently stay
Don't back away
From rain or from sun
Wait for the prey
No other way
The loser takes none
Silently stay
Soundless survey
In unlighted slum
Wait for the prey
Silently stay

Triolet

I saw it running down the hall
A large brown spider after mom
As if a small thing could appall
I saw it running down the hall
It really seemed a wee bit small
To stir up strife in all our calm
I saw it running down the hall
A large brown spider after mom


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Noel Mitaxa 03/05/10
I'm sure that everyone else has spider real un-eek talent here. Very clever and clear demonstrations of your skill.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/05/10
Oh to be so talented. I must admit i had never even heard of some of the forms you did. It's nice to be educated and entertained!
william price03/05/10
An encyclodepia of excellence and creativity. If I was in the Biz of grading, I would give you an A! God bless.
Beth LaBuff 03/05/10
All of these are absolutely wonderful! I especially like the villanelle and the triolet! Clever, clever, clever... and with a perfect title!
Allen Stark03/06/10
Terrific display of your poetic gift. Although I taught English and some forms of poetry you have used some forms I never heard of.
Barbara Lynn Culler03/08/10
This must have been fun to compose! I love the last one.
Linda Payne03/08/10
Well done poems in honor of spiders.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/08/10
As an English teacher (and a follower of Jan's teaching), I knew all the types of poetry you used.--I just wished I could use each of them so cleverly as you did.
Bryan Ridenour03/08/10
Very fun and creative take on the topic. Well done!
Sarah Elisabeth 03/08/10
Thanks for the poetry class. A very eeky subject!
Connie Dixon03/08/10
Wow! I hate spiders, but I loved this! Thanks for the poetry lesson - good job!
Gregory Kane03/09/10
I want to say Amen to the quatrain!
Joni Andrews 03/09/10
Fantastic! Such a creative take on the topic.
Carol Slider 03/09/10
I can tell you were following Jan's poetry class, too! These were a lot of fun to read, even if I've always been rather afraid of spiders...
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/11/10
Congratulations on the top 40!