April 2008 Cricket League Poetry Contest

Richard Wilbur, who wrote “Opposites,” got the idea for his poem from a game he and his wife played with their children. There was no scoring and no winners or losers. The game was just for fun. Someone might begin by asking, “What is the opposite of light? One person could answer dark. Another might suggest that serious would be a better reply. And a third could wonder, What’s the matter with heavy? When the players ran out of opposites, they would start another round by asking for the opposite of uncle, or whale, or flat, or anything they liked.

Does everything have an opposite? Maybe. Wilbur even found funny and surprising opposites for armadillo and echo. Perhaps you didn’t know those words had opposites until you read his poem.

For this month’s contest, Ladybug was not opposed to reading lots of clever poems about opposites. It’s a bit of April foolishness that appealed to everybuggy. So, give it a try! Send us your very best poem—24 lines or less, please—about opposites. You can include more than one set of opposites, if you like. (H’m. What could be the opposite of Ladybug?)

Contest Rules
1. Your contest entry must be your very own original work. Ideas and words should not be copied.
2. If you're 14 years old or younger, your entry must be signed by your parent or guardian, saying it is your own original work, that no help was given, and granting Cricket permission to publish prizewinning entries in the September 2008 issue and/or on our Web site: www.cricketmag.com/cricketleague.htm. If you're older than 14, you must sign your own work, verifying that it is original.
3. Be sure to include your name, age, and full address on your entry.
4. Only one entry per person, please.
5. Do not send any poems, drawings, stories, or photographs on subjects other than that described on this contest page.
6. If you want your work returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each entry.
7. Incomplete entries cannot be considered. Your entry will be incomplete if you forget to include your age or a signature verifying that your work is original.
8. Your entry must be received by April 25, 2008.
9. Send entries to Cricket League, P.O. Box 300, Peru, IL 61354. (No faxes or e-mail submissions, please!)

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