Sample Paradox Poem

From SiteIPLTeenPoetryWiki

Brother-Sister

Like two scorpions in a jar

Waiting for the other to turn its back

So the attack can begin


Like referees

Watching each other move the other makes

Then blowing a whistle on the defender

For the parents


Yet, they are an actor and an actress

For when one is in pain

The other feels the grief too

-by Tina Hines1


Mother Says


Mother says

"Say hello"

"Be polite"

"Be nice"

"Be friendly"

"Say thank you"

"Speak when you are spoken to"

"Say bye-bye"


A child grows up

Believing

Grown-ups are

Honest

Loving

Caring


Mother says

"Don't talk to strangers"

"Don't be polite

"Don't be friendly"

"Don't do as you are told"

"Don't speak when you are spoken to"

"Say bye-bye"


"And run!"


-by Gregg Loo1


  1. Tsujimoto, J. (1988). Teaching poetry writing to adolescents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, National Council of Teachers of English: Urbana, IL.