Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Enter Today! Popcorn Poetry Contest

KERNEL SEASON’S POPCORN

What was discovered in a bat cave in New Mexico that dates back 5,500 years? What do Americans consume 17 billion quarts each year of? What food is so versatile it can be used in pudding, candy, soup, salad, and as an entrée?

The answer to all these questions is the same: popcorn!

With everyone health- and diet-conscious these days, popcorn is one of the few indulgences left that actually tastes good and is good for you. Popcorn is a whole grain that’s high in fibre and low in fat. And since it’s only 24 calories per cup, you can have five cups of air-popped popcorn for under 130 calories.

I know what you’re thinking: unless you add butter, popcorn tends to be a bit bland. Not anymore. With Kernel Season’s you can jazz up that ordinary popcorn into a tantalizing, tasty treat. Made from all natural ingredients and real cheese, Kernel Season’s popcorn comes in a variety of flavours like White Cheddar, Butter, Nacho Cheddar, Parmesan and Garlic, Ranch, Sour Cream and Onion, Salt, Caramel, Kettle Corn, and Jalapeno. Plus, Kernel Season’s also has a new all-natural, butter-flavoured popcorn spritzer. This zero- calorie topping is made from a blend of canola, sunflower, and corn oils. The only difference between this and the movie theatre topping is with Kernel Season’s Spritzer there’s zero fat and zero guilt.

In addition, Kernel Season’s is so good that over 20,000 movie theatres in the United States are offering it. And if you want to get movie night at home really “popping,” you can find Kernel Season’s products at more than 18,000 grocery stores across America, as well as at Walmart, Target, Kmart, and Blockbuster Video.

"Now here's your assignment if you choose to accept it..."
SFC: Families Matter Popcorn Poetry Contest -
If we say salty, buttery, crunchy, and melts in your mouth, what "pops" into your mind? Popcorn, of course! In honor of this well-loved snack, Stories for Children Publishing has teamed up with Kernel Season's to announce the SFC: Families Matter Popcorn Poetry Contest. This contest and its prizes are sponsored by Kernel Season's.
Submissions will be accepted July 8-22, 2009.

Who may enter? Anyone

Contest Fees: FREE

Contest Prizes:
1st place : 1 pk of Kernel Season's All Natural Popping Corn, KS Movie Theatre Butter Topping, KS Popcorn Spritzer Butter, 3 KS Popcorn Seasoning (Flavors: White Cheddar, Kettle Corn, and Ranch), and 1pk of KS Premium Quality Microwave Popcorn.
2nd place : 1 pk of Kernel Season's All Natural Popping Corn, 1pk of KS Premium Quality Microwave Popcorn, and 2 KS Popcorn Seasoning (Flavors: Butter and Nacho Cheddar).
3rd place : 4 packages of Kernel Season's Premium Quality Microwave Popcorn.
Contest Rules:


The Rules: Post your popcorn-themed poem in the comments section of this blog post.
Length should not exceed 16 lines and should use simple beats and short lines. We prefer simple, fun, rhyming poetry. Poems should be family friendly. Winners will be selected based on quality and appeal. No mail-in or email entries will be accepted. Note: All judges, the SFC Team, and their families are ineligible to enter.
The Judges:

Gayle Jacobson-Huset, SFC's Fiction and Poetry Editor, has been "judging" the poetry entries that come into the magazine for the past 2 1/2 years. She loves popcorn and is very anxious to see what our reading audience comes up with for this "delectable delight".

Gisele LeBlanc, SFC Magazine's Assistant Poetry Editor, has been writing poetry for several years. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in several publications for children. She loves going to the movies and eating popcorn and looks forward to reading everyone's poetic oaths to this savory snack.

Our mystery judge, is a writer of humorous picture books and children's poetry with a love of rhyme and word-play. Her poetry has been published in Stories for Children Magazine and Meanderings, a poetry anthology by Diversion Press (June 2009). The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will soon publish her poem titled "Young Poet" in The Bulletin (forthcoming, 2009). Her professional affliations include the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Jacketflap, the Prose Shop Critique Group, and Cliff House Writers Group.

OUR MYSTERY POETRY JUDGE WILL BE REVEALED AT THE END OF THE CONTEST.

**Please also note***
1. Many editors may consider poems published online on a public blog such as this "previously published," thus . . resulting in authors possibly losing their First Rights.

2. ALL POEMS entered in the SFC: Families Matter Popcorn Poetry Contest remain the property of the author. Reproduction or retransmission of any poem, in whole or in part, in any manner, without the prior written consent of the author (copyright holder) is a violation of copyright law.

GOOD LUCK :)

72 comments:

  1. What a delicious sounding contest. Best of luck to all who enter.

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  2. SNACK HAPPY

    What's better than a chocolate sundae?
    It's popcorn.
    What could I eat from Sun to Monday?
    It's popcorn.
    What's with me when I watch TV
    or fix myself a cup of tea
    and always makes good company?
    It's popcorn.

    What's good when fresh and good left over?
    It's popcorn.
    What draws me like a bee to clover?
    It's popcorn.
    A better treat than buttered snails,
    its cheerful comfort never fails,
    and I can't say that much for males --
    Yea, popcorn!

    Gail White
    gailxpoet@cox.net

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  4. BUTTER-FINGERS STRIKES AGAIN

    Pop corn.
    Drop corn.
    Mop corn.

    -Walter Ancarrow
    wca206@nyu.edu

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  5. One Small Kernel for Mankind
    by Christi Atherton

    What are they eating,
    These children outside?
    My spaceship is stranded
    And now I must hide.

    Oh, but I’m hungry,
    And, my, they look sweet.
    Would Earth kids be tasty?
    Should I just try their treat?

    What is this heaven,
    This kernel that’s popped?
    It’s light and it’s fluffy.
    With butter it’s topped!

    Stay back, earthling child,
    And give me your snack.
    What? You will share it?
    You’re saved from attack!

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  6. Popcorn, Hot Corn
    by Joyce Lansky

    Popcorn, hot corn, put it in your mouth corn.
    Some for you- some for me,
    Hang it from the family tree.

    What smells tasty in the air?
    Crunchy, buttery must prepare the…

    Popcorn, hot corn, put it in my mouth corn.

    Then, poor me, it was all gone.
    Popcorn withdrawal—so forlorn.

    Hopped on bike, pedaled to store
    For popcorn, hot corn.
    Bought me more.

    Popcorn, hot corn.
    Don’t want to stop corn.

    Salty, crunchy, not sweet.
    Popcorn makes a healthy treat!

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  7. Pop Goes the Popcorn

    It’s popcorn to us;
    It’s Zea mays averta
    To the scientists.

    Explosive kernels
    A must-have snack for movies;
    Or floating in soups.

    North Loup, Van Buren,
    Valparaiso, or Ridgway,
    Popcorn Capitals?

    Schaller, and Marion
    Want to have that honour too –
    Is it important?

    Healthier than sweets;
    State snack food in Illinois...
    Eaten by the bag!

    Like butterfly clouds.
    When the pericarp explodes
    Popped kernels are ‘flakes’.

    By Tanja Cilia

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  8. Tanja Cilia at tanjachilja@hotmail.com

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  9. YAY TO POPCORN!

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    When it rains, we pop some corn.
    It's our family tradition
    Since, perhaps, when I was born.
    Popcorn's fun and good nutrition.

    First you hear the popping sound,
    And your mouth begins to drool -
    You can't help but stick around.
    Popcorn feast, so neat and cool.

    You may sit and watch the rain
    Or TV, or simply munch.
    You can hear the weightless grain
    Softly, pleasurably crunch.

    And it helps you to relax.
    It the best of all the snacks.

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  10. A tiny correction of a misprint in the last line. Sorry. Zhanna

    YAY TO POPCORN!

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    When it rains, we pop some corn.
    It's our family tradition
    Since, perhaps, when I was born.
    Popcorn's fun and good nutrition.

    First you hear the popping sound,
    And your mouth begins to drool -
    You can't help but stick around.
    Popcorn feast, so neat and cool.

    You may sit and watch the rain
    Or TV, or simply munch.
    You can hear the weightless grain
    Softly, pleasurably crunch.

    Popcorn helps you to relax.
    It's the best of all the snacks.

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  11. POPCORN

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    "It's a whole grain, fiber-rich,
    A delightful, scrumptious treat",
    Mama tells us children, "which
    All of you will love to eat."

    Don't we know that, mother dear?
    The aroma's so inviting,
    That is why we gathered here.
    Popcorn! - nothing's more exciting;

    Soft but crunchy, filled with scent
    Only wizards could invent;
    Cheese-and-butter flavored, yummy,
    Good for mouth and good for tummy.

    "I must say, my children dear,
    That is what I hoped to hear.
    You are Mama's pride and joy.
    Grab your popcorn and enjoy!"

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  12. THE FIRST POP
    by Brad Davidson

    A watched kernel never pops,
    Or so some people say,
    But my anticipation will not let me look away

    Those tiny golden nuggets
    Slowly heating up within
    Stubbornly refuse to let me see beneath their skin

    Memories of white blossoms
    And a smell like jasmine rice
    Are making my mouth water, no substitutions will suffice

    It feels like time has stopped,
    Still no explosions to be found,
    I don’t know how much longer I can wait to hear that sound!

    pop!

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  13. A POPCORN FAIRYTALE

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    Little Fairy blew her horn:
    Come and get your free popcorn -
    Nicely buttered, fresh and good!
    Hurry to my summer wood!

    All the children, big and small,
    Answered to the Fairy's call.
    And they found her by a great
    Popcorn pile. They could not wait...

    Luckily the Fairy said,
    "See my popcorn? Go ahead,
    Have as much as you can eat."
    ...That was quite a tasty treat -

    And it WAS an ample heap...
    Then the children fell asleep.
    When awaken, they themselves
    Were corn fairies and corn elves.

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  15. A SPECIAL SNACK

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    It's mouth-watering and hot,
    Puffed with air and loved a lot,
    In my family at least.
    Popcorn is our daily feast.

    Every kernel, yellow-white,
    Cheddar-flavored, tastes just right;
    Touched with garlic or sour-cream,
    Salt and butter - it's a dream.

    Nicely crunchy, what a treat!
    Seriously, it can't be beat.
    Drink some water, if you wish,
    Aiming for a second dish.

    Whether twenty, twelve, or eight,
    You can tell when food tastes great.
    And you can't deny some facts:
    Popcorn's king of all the snacks.

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  17. A LIGHT DRIZZLE

    It's raining out. I think I'll slouch
    in comfy PJ's on the couch
    and watch old movies back to back.
    Of course that means I need a snack.
    I listen to the popcorn pop,
    then drizzle butter on the top.
    I sit back down, put up my feet,
    smack my lips, dig in, and eat.
    I don't care if it rains all day.
    I lick my fingers, then hit play.

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  19. AUTHORITY
    by Julie Stoner

    My kid says
    liquid water fits
    within each kernel.
    When it hits
    the boiling point,
    it needs more room.
    And that's what makes
    the corn go BOOM!

    So claims my kid.
    I never knowed,
    myself, what makes
    the corn explode.
    I'm ignorant.
    I can't find fault.

    But take it with
    a grain of salt.

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  20. A POPCORN JOY

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    When we hear
    "Pop! Pop!"
    We all rush
    Hop-hop -
    Me, my Sis
    And Cat,
    To the kitchen,
    Glad that
    Kernel corn,
    Hard, tough,
    Now becomes
    White puffs.

    Very soon
    The microwave
    Yields to each
    One’s crave -
    Fragrant corn,
    Hot, plump,
    Making us
    Jump, jump.
    Mother says,
    "It's done.
    Everyone,
    Have fun!"

    ***

    Or it could be arranged in 12 lines:

    A POPCORN JOY

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    When we hear "Pop! Pop!"
    We all rush, hop-hop -
    Me, my Sis and Cat,
    To the kitchen, glad that
    Kernel corn, hard, tough,
    Now becomes white puffs.

    Very soon the microwave
    Yields to everybody's crave -
    Fragrant corn, hot, plump,
    Making us jump, jump.
    Mother says, "It's done.
    Everyone, have fun!"

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  23. I see some others have posted corrections and format changes, and been wanting to reformat mine as well. Here it is...

    THE FIRST POP
    by Brad Davidson

    A watched kernel never pops,
    Or so some people say,
    But my anticipation
    Will not let me look away

    Those tiny golden nuggets
    Slowly heating up within
    Stubbornly refuse
    To let me see beneath their skin

    Memories of white blossoms
    And a smell like jasmine rice
    Are making my mouth water,
    No substitutions will suffice

    It feels like time has stopped,
    Still no explosions to be found,
    I don’t know how much longer
    I can wait to hear that sound! ...pop!

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  24. Well, if Brad is going to do it... :)

    The Popcorn Box
    By Adrian Croft

    In a shabby movie house
    behind the trash, and cash, and--mouse?--
    an ancient beat up popcorn box
    rattles like a tin of rocks.

    The owner closes for the night.
    He locks the door and dims the light.
    But the ancient popcorn box
    ignores the dark, the chain, and locks.

    It rattles on, its popcorn pops
    crawls up the glass, then overtops,
    it covers up the sticky floors,
    climbs up the wall, then out it pours.

    So if you look outside and see
    a rolling golden popcorn sea,
    then grab a boat and extra socks
    and paddle towards the popcorn box.


    www.croftcreations.ca

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  26. The Popcorn Boys

    The Popcorn boys are on the prowl,
    they hop around, chest bump, and growl.
    They race around the microwave
    (the little one looks back to wave).

    The rest of them act tough and coy,
    it’s hard to be a popcorn boy.
    A pain to look just like the others,
    a twin with many thousand brothers.

    Their mom just smiles, and cheers them on
    ‘cause soon enough they’ll all be gone.
    Each one is special, each puff sublime,
    and all will get their movie time.


    www.croftcreations.ca

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  28. A FUN SNACK

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    Popcorn is a playful snack:
    It can jump inside the pot,
    It can self-inflate and crack,
    It can pirouette when hot.

    Those puffed nuggets taste just swell,
    Always fluffy, crunchy, light;
    And they have a tempting smell,
    Every kernel a delight.

    Almost melting when you chew,
    Popcorn kind of pampers you.
    No surprise each tyke and tot
    Wants it often and a lot.

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  30. POP PHILOSOPHY

    If popcorn kernels pop,
    and no one is around,
    I often stop and wonder,
    do they make a sound?

    (sorry, had to make a slight edit)

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  31. POPCORN DELIGHT

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    Kernel Puff falls on the floor,
    Swiftly rolls towards the door.
    Kitten Fluffy, right away,
    Catches it as if a prey.

    ...Fluffy capering with Puff,
    Gets, at times, a little rough;
    Breaks the kernel into bits
    And, disheartened, mews and sits.

    Should I share with her one more
    Precious puffy kernel, or
    Savor it like all the rest?
    Seems the latter might be best...

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  32. I see that some authors remove some of their earlier versions of poems. My question: How is it done? Zhanna P. Rader

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  34. THE SPORT OF TOSS AND CATCH

    The first one landed in my eye,
    the second in my hair,
    and so it went, try after try.
    Now popcorn's everywhere!

    I'll open wider, toss it straighter,
    practice every night.
    And soon, I hope, rather than later,
    I will get it right!

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  36. YULE POPCORN

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    We decked our little cedar tree
    With popcorn garlands - Dad and me.
    The passers-by enjoyed the view
    And praised the decorations too.

    But squirrels, bluejays and a possum,
    All must have found the garlands awesome -
    An appetizing-looking feed,
    For they consumed each puffy bead.

    We felt quite happy that so many
    Enjoyed our Christmas tree with plenty
    To see and eat, and feel content -
    All that the Yule days represent.

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  39. A POPCORN PROJECT

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    First we popped them, then we chose,
    For our project, all of those
    Looking seemingly the best.
    And, of course, we ate the rest.

    Then we dyed the puffed-up seeds
    Rainbow hues to serve as beads.
    Threaded, oh, they looked so good,
    More like fancy stones than food.

    Children at the Popcorn Fest
    And their parents were impressed.
    …Money raised went to the church -
    For leukemia research.

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  40. Dear Bob Schechter, I love your poems, oh! - very much. But would you tell me what you did to remove some of your poems? I would like to remove my very first post of YAY TO POPCORN! - since there is a misprint in it. There is no need for a rejected version to sit there, is there? :)

    Zhanna ("Zh" is read as in "Dr. Zhivago)

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  41. Zhanna, thanks. I'm not sure if you can remove your poems when you post as Anonymous. You may need to be logged in. If you are logged in with a user name, you should see a little trashcan icon in the lower right corner of your post. Clicking on that allows you to remove the post. But you must "own" the post to remove it, which tells me you probably need to be logged in with a password.

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  42. Bob, thank you for your response. But where do I have to log in? SFC Blog: Families Matter? How? Or do I have to have a blog? I have a LiveJournal blog, but I never use it. I have just signed in a Google account. Still I am not sure know how it is supposed to work. I'll see... Anyhow, my e-mail address is zhannar00 at charter.net (Change "at" to @ and connects the characters. And those are "zero zero", not "o o") in case you or any other poet may want to get in touch with me for any reason.

    Sorry, Folks, for this detour. I'll continue posting my popcorn poems. :)

    Zhanna P. Rader

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  43. OUR POPCORN HOUSE

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    We made a toy house, me and Sue,
    Of corn plus syrup for a glue,
    Each kernel like a building brick,
    The walls and roof robustly thick.

    It was a pretty model, too,
    If just a little bit askew.
    We gazed at it, then took a lick -
    It felt both sugary and slick.

    But then we thought, perhaps, we might
    Each take a teensy weensy bite,
    Much smaller than that of a mouse...
    Good grief! We gobbled up our house!

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  46. Bob, you are a poetry machine. :) Great stuff! Love the little guy that wanted to pop...

    Really liked your pj poem too, Diana. Fun.

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  47. Bob, I think the personified kernel was my favorite as well. :)

    Thanks, Adrian! I enjoyed yours as well. I love how you always think outside the box. Which ironically, sometimes involves thinking inside the box. :)

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  48. (I can't resist doing a haiku...)

    POPCORN HAIKU

    dormant kernels bloom
    into puffs of white blossoms
    awakened by warmth

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  49. BOB SCHECHTER,
    OUR POPCORN BARD

    Popcorn is not
    Just good to eat,
    It's fun to write about.
    But Schechter's verses
    Can't be beat
    Too easily, no doubt.

    His poems, playful,
    Brisk and tight,
    They make you laugh aloud,
    The novel rhymes
    Like fireworks bright.
    He must be rightly proud.

    I penned some lines,
    Still not acclaimed.
    The art, I found, is hard...
    I think that popcorn
    Should be named
    After our popcorn bard.

    Zhanna P. Rader

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  50. GENIE MISUNDERSTANDING

    When I wished for corn, I meant a
    dish of POPcorn, not polenta!

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  51. BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT

    When kernels get excited,
    the end result is drastic.
    They burst from inside out!
    Now that's enthusiastic.

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  52. I'm glad to see everyone having so much fun!

    Good Luck All :)

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  54. ME, A WHINER?

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    Who spilled popcorn
    On the floor?
    Can't walk barefoot
    Anymore.

    Kitten seems
    To slink on toes;
    Doggie practices
    Its nose.

    Flies use wings.
    And Sis wears shoes.
    But poor me,
    I have to use

    My bare skin…
    For goodness sake,
    Someone, help my feet!
    They ache...

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  56. MY POPCORN

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    My popcorn is crunchy,
    My popcorn is light,
    I'm fully enjoying
    Each savory bite.

    It isn't too salty,
    Nor is it too flat,
    It isn't too lean and
    It isn't too fat.

    It's cheddar-cheese spiced
    And it's Ranch-seasoned too,
    It teases my taste buds -
    A pleasure to chew.

    With popcorn, I never
    Feel weary or yawn...
    You say you would try some?
    Oh, shucks! It's all gone...

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  57. Microwave Popcorn

    by Cindy Breedlove

    It started slow,
    a single pop
    that made the bag
    just sort of hop.

    But built up steam
    increased the speed,
    exploding quickly
    every seed.

    All popping stopped.
    The bag was puffed.
    I ate it all
    And I was stuffed.

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  60. MY POPCORN SONG

    By Zhanna P. Rader

    Eating popcorn all day long,
    I composed a little song:

    "Popcorn's hot, popcorn's cool.
    Popcorn makes a person drool.
    Popcorn's awesome for its crunch,
    It’s terrific as a lunch."

    Sister begged me on her knees,
    "Shut up, Danny! Would you please?
    'Popcorn, popcorn' - you're a bore.
    I can't take it anymore!"

    "Well, okay", I told my sibling
    And went on my corn a-nibbling.
    "I'll shut up on one condition:
    Hear, once more, my composition:

    Popcorn's famous for its 'POP!'"
    Darn! I choked... I HAD to stop...

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  63. Bob, I am drooling over your popcorn poems. :) They are most delightful!
    True, I like the poems by other poets, too,
    including Diana Murray, Adrian Croft, Julie Stoner...
    Right now, I need to get ready for a trip to Bethesda, Maryland, where my younger son will undergo an extensive cancer treatment at the National Cancer Institute. I should be back in the middle of August. I'll peek into this blog whenever I have a chance while I am gone.

    I'll miss you all, fine poets, as well as this fun contest.

    Zhanna P. Rader

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  64. MYSTERY SNACK

    By: Amy C.

    My taste buds are screaming
    For a snack, light and steaming.

    It's fluffy, and it's crunchy.
    It's salty, and it's munchy.

    It's a treat beyond compare.
    I can eat it anywhere-

    At the circus, at the zoo,
    At a late night movie, too.

    Give me a caramel drizzled ball,
    Or gourmet from the mall.

    Make it butter, ranch, or cheddar.
    Dipped in chocolate? Even better!

    No matter how it's topped,
    It's the only corn that's popped.

    So tell me, have you guessed,
    Which snack I like the best?

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  65. The Popcorn Warehouse Fiasco

    By Sharee Garcia

    Warning lights flash red and yellow,
    “Look out! Get back!” comes the bellow.
    Warehouse workers hear that fellow,
    Stream out through an open door.

    There’s the danger, it’s aflame,
    This warehouse with a link to fame.
    “Kernel Season’s” states the name
    With prominence hard to ignore.

    Now the warehouse sides are bulging
    Sounds and scents to me divulging
    Secrets that I’ll be indulging
    In a snack-time feast galore!

    With a bang the roof blows high.
    It’s raining popcorn from the sky!
    The taste so good it makes me sigh,
    I think I’ll buy some at the store.

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  67. Thanks to all of you who participated in our Popcorn Poetry Contest. We'll announce the Winners on Friday July 24th :)

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  68. This is an after-contest post. Inspired by the contest's theme, Vaughn Seward and I (both members of WHCpoemsforchildren critique group) have written this renhai. Renhai is a relatively new poetical form. It derived from rengay, which, in turn, derived from Japanese renga, where the verses are independent thus standing on their own - while still being linked.

    POPPED TO PLEASE

    By Zhanna P. Rader
    and Vaughn Seward

    A buttery scent
    emanates from the kitchen -
    a three-voiced "Popcorn!" /zh.r.

    Each popped kernel, threaded .../vs
    the garland hangs on her neck. /zh.r.

    The lights come on -
    bits of popcorn on my lap
    and in the seat. /vs

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  69. Congratulations to the winners!

    Zhanna

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