the wordplay category.
John is 89 years old. He's a photographer (which is the subject of his poem, "Pixels," in Life in Me Like Grass on Fire), a sculptor, playwright/director/actor and a wonderful poet. He's also diligent about sending work out to literary journals, which means dozens of acceptances a year.
John a twisted sense of humor that often involves werewolves, zombies and other strange beasts. Here is John's poem, "Parasite Lost."
By John Hayes
Sarah and me
loved our pet flea.
She taught her to read.
I taught her to plead.
We fed her our blood
let her hop in the mud
but one frosty day
she jumped away
to live on the butt
of a friendly white mutt.
Published with permission of the author.
previously published in Kids Vision, September 2005
Kids' Writing Prompt (Elementary School and Up)
This poetry exercise starts with a title. Pick a well known book, movie or TV show and change one of the words around. Once you have a silly or strange title, write a poem to go with it.
- iCarly could be "iSnarly" -- a poem about a cranky cat.
- Mission Impossible becomes "Mansion Impossible" -- a poem about the unusual rooms in a magician's home.
- The Lost Hero of Percy Jackson fame, could be "The Lost Zero" -- a poem about an adventurous number with nothing to lose (get it?!)
Have fun with these! More poems from Maryland poets to come.