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Weekly Poetry Stuffage > Week 70- (February 22nd-March 1st) Poems --- Topic: Freakshow DONE!

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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments You have until March 1st to post a story/poem and on the 2nd and 3rd we'll vote for which one we thought was best.

Please post directly into the topic and not a link. Please don't use a story previously used in this group.

Your story should be ONLY 300-2,500 words long.

The topic this week is: Freakshow. The rules are pretty loose. You could write a story about anything that has to do with the subject. I do not care, but it must relate to the story somehow.

Have fun!



message 2: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments pulling my hair out.... lol


message 3: by Guy (last edited Feb 22, 2011 05:14PM) (new)

Guy (egajd) | 11106 comments A Freakshow
by Guy Duperreault

They looked normal enough, I thought,
these business people, with two legs,
and big smiles. Other than their fake hair
pieces and extensions, of course.

I used to work hard, most of the time,
for them, but they don't want me anymore.
Instead, they have with serious integrity turned
their downcast eyes to the government for help.

What was left of my job is now in foreign hands,
and my house locked inside the broken bank's doors.
My old car has become for us the family home
and its worn scratchy radio our token TV.

But it wasn't until I heard their business news
that I knew I was in some kind of freakshow.
My employers had given themselves raises,
and the government its dollered blessings.


message 4: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments dang!!!! great work, guy!!!!


message 5: by Guy (new)

Guy (egajd) | 11106 comments Rachel, TY. I wanted to take 'freakshow' into a different direction. Glad you liked it.


message 6: by Kristen (last edited Feb 23, 2011 05:43PM) (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments Through the Window

I walk into the room
full of glass - mirrors and windows -
and take my place at the barre.

I warm up my feet
and stretch all my kinks - my back and neck -
trying to focus my mind.

Class is starting
I'm in my leotard and tights - black and pink -
I line everything up.

We begin with pliés
demi and stretch, demi and stretch - grand plié -
and they begin to walk by.

They look through the windows
as they walk down the hall - idly gaping -
and try to comprehend the strange class.

Some look away
at the artwork on display - student experiments -
to avoid catching our eyes.

It's like they don't know
we can see them too - reflections everywhere -
it really is entertaining.

They glance at us
and must think - what freaks! -
with our legs split in the air.

But the real freak show
is not us - rather them -
staring confoundedly through the window.


message 7: by Guy (new)

Guy (egajd) | 11106 comments Kristen, I enjoyed your narrative and descriptions here. Nicely done.


message 8: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments i liked both of yours, guy and kristen, good jobs!


message 9: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments thank you both :)


message 10: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments FYI plie should have an accent on the 'e' but that's hard to do on here...


message 11: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Knight (KatrinaKnight) Nice lol


message 12: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments way to go, Kristen!


message 13: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments thanks!


message 15: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy Title: Freak Show
By: Kimmy
( I think I'll go with the first thing that comes to me mind! :])

It's a show,
splendidly displayed
in the dark of the night.

Covered by darkness
They perform 1-by-1
Showing talents like no other.

A hairy chin
on a womens face.
Hair all over
on a mans whole body.

Freakishly flexy
lifting a car!
Stupendous stretching
over again and again.

Two feet tall
cracking real jokes.
Scaly skin
and speaking to snakes.

When they're done
they disperse.
Back to there trailers.

Away goes the glitter,
Its a one night show
To another town far away.


message 16: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments lol, thanks Kat :)


message 17: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments Nice job, Kimmy.


message 18: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments good job kimathy :)


message 19: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments By: Rachael
My Favorite Freak Show

The sirens;
So loud.
They draw in
The crowd.

Onlookers transfixed on the
Flashing red and blue lights.
They watch them
Fill the darkness of night.

The vendors roll by
As the crowd multiplies
Popcorn and trinkets,
A little one’s prize.

Music is heard
From miles away.
It excites the crowd
Who’d been waiting all day.

Parents and children,
Strangers and friends.
Come together today
From beginning to end.

The first float approaches
Covered in lights.
Brilliant colors
To see through the night.

Elaborate décor
Covered each single float
There was even one molded
To be a shrimp boat.

Riders excited
The crowds on the street.
As doubloons, beads and trinkets
Land at their feet.

Some call it a freak show
And so it may seem.
But it’s always been Mardi Gras
In New Orleans.


message 20: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments nice one Rachael!


message 21: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments Kristen wrote: "nice one Rachael!"

ty Kristen


message 22: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments good job rachael!


message 23: by Caitlan (last edited Feb 26, 2011 04:15PM) (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments Title: The Serial Killer
By: Kat


The bodies hung in a row
All nicely dressed
But all morbidly dead

Upside down, right side up
Blood pouring down
Dripping to the dirt floor

The killer surveyes them
Chuckling inside, thinking
They'll never catch me, never

The sirens whir, lights flash
The killer jumps and slashes
The ropes before fleeing

The bodies all drop to the
Ground, still bleeding
And the killer escapes

To commit more murders
In revenge to all those who
Called him a freak in his life


message 24: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments Kat wrote: "good job rachael!"

ty kat. i loved yours!


message 25: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments thanks :)


message 26: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments serious kat, the description was really good in there.


message 27: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments thanks, i think i watch too many of the crime fighting shows, like bones, psych, ncis, csi, hawaii five-0, and monk lol


message 28: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments Kat wrote: "thanks, i think i watch too many of the crime fighting shows, like bones, psych, ncis, csi, hawaii five-0, and monk lol"

lol


message 29: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments sometimes I think I watch too many of those shows too... I'm always imagining what I would do if some criminal tried to attack me or something...


message 30: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments u can never watch enough law and order svu though!!!!


message 31: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments Bones and NCIS are probably my favorites, but I do like all the Law and Order shows and recently have been getting into Criminal Minds. Sometimes I watch CSI and Castle too.


message 32: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments :) im going into criminal justice and anthropology in college :)


message 33: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments nice. Those departments are pretty strong here at my school, I've known a few people in those areas.


message 34: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments where do you go?


message 35: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments Kat wrote: ":) im going into criminal justice and anthropology in college :)"

i majored in criminal justice!!!


message 36: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments Mercyhurst College


message 37: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments Can you put a link to the poll Al? It's not showing up for me...


message 38: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments there is no poll for the poems


message 39: by Shayma (new)

Shayma (almightysush) | 47 comments im sorry im abviusly really am stupid i didnt know i can change my vote so i did that and ill stop posting comints.


message 40: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments It's still not coming up for me either :(


message 41: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments nope, only the short stories one is there. :/


message 42: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments i was able to vote on short stories but not poems.


message 43: by Guy (new)

Guy (egajd) | 11106 comments I was able to vote on the poems and the stories.


message 44: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments i was able to vote with the last link u listed. ty al.
ps. if i can be of any help with all this dont hesitate to ask. i am at home all day.


message 45: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments so when are the poetry winners gonna be posted?


message 46: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments if you look at the polls, the winners are up


message 47: by Caitlan (last edited Mar 06, 2011 03:09PM) (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments
Winners for this week :)

1st- The Serial Killer by Kat
2nd- Through the Window by Kristen
3rd- My Favorite Freakshow by Rachael &
A Freakshow by Guy
4th- Freakshow by Kimmy

congratulations everyone :)



message 48: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (rayle504) | 107 comments congrats to all....
we had some very good work.


message 49: by Caitlan (new)

Caitlan (lionesserampant) | 2869 comments dont worry al, i got ur back :)


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