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Friday, October 17, 2014


In the cemetery you hear 
screams and wonder 
who yelled
Dead Zombies watch
all you
and they're coming
to get

Today's poem is another zeno, a form invented by J. Patrick Lewis, former Children's Poet Laureate.  Can you try writing your own zeno today?  Have fun thinking of three rhyming words that are single syllable.  I gave the guidelines for this form yesterday, so just scroll back to that post, or you can find more on Michelle Barnes' blog, My Little Ditty.  The Poetry Friday Round Up is over at Michelle's blog, too.  There is also a fun 5 word poetry challenge over there.  Just drop on by here.  All you have to do is BYOP (bring your own poem).  Everyone is having a good time, so come join us.  Thanks Michelle, for being the hostess with the mostess.


  1. I think our zombies should get together for a playdate, Joy! Thanks for not one, but two Halloween zenos to appreciate! Nice to find someone who enjoys the spooky season as much as I do.

    1. Absolutely! Playdate it is. I'm enjoying your list of spooky words.

  2. Replies
    1. What do you feed a zombie?
      They really like licking Tshombe.

      (If you can't find that word in your dictionary, mine says it is an African statesman.) Of course the copyright on my rhyming dictionary is 1985--it is old enough to be a zombie.

  3. Love these spooky poems - they are getting me in the spirit of Halloween already!

    1. Yes, it is Halloween party time. Now all we need is for someone to bring the big galvanized tub and another to bring apples and we can have a really wet time bobbing for apples.

  4. Oh, no, the Zombies are coming!
    Thanks for this fun zeno, Joy.