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Haiku Contest Update

I didn’t get back to update yesterday’s post with my seventh grader’s entries to Adam Rex’s Kaiju Haiku Contest. I think she did an amazing job, especially considering that she just sat down with a piece of paper and tossed off about seven choices. These were the two she tweaked for the maximum impact.
Scaly, green monster
Sleeps under my bed at night.
What a freeloader.

The monster glowered
With bloodshot, watery eyes.
Allergy season.
I love the wit in these. Another related example of her sense of humor is how she named her fish. Yes, he is a Siamese Fighting Fish named Koobish — after the creature in The True Meaning of Smekday. But the funny thing is that since I warned her how... disposable these fish can be, she’s decided to keep the name Koobish for all of the subsequent fish and use subtitles. So we’ll have:
  • Koobish
  • Koobish II: Judgment Day
  • Koobish III: Revenge of the Fish
  • Koobish IV: A New Hope
  • Koobish V: Koobish Harder
Man, she rocks.


Bill said...

I literally laughed out loud when she read me that first one.* I thought it just so captured her particular wit.

And I absolutely loved her fish naming philosophy (and if you haven't read the book, believe me, it's perfectly apt).

* And yes, I do mean "literally." I absolutely hate it when people use the word as a synonym for "really, a whole lot, but not actually, you know."

Anonymous said...

Your kid so totally rocks. I laughed aloud at the haiku, and I really love her fish names.

Lisa Schroeder said...

That is some awesome haiku there - very clever!!

Vivian Mahoney said...

This is great. Your daughter is funny! And clever. You're doing an awesome job.

Anonymous said...

"What a freeloader" is a winner.