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Ode to a Trapezoid

August 14, 2012


Sometimes I stumble upon past creations of mine, as I did yesterday while unpacking stuff for my classroom. This was a class assignment when I was in teacher school– I think it was Methods of Teaching Literature. The poem itself is centered; the explanation of the assignment is written along the edges, also in rhyming verse. And yes, in my head, it’s to the tune of “O Christmas Tree.” Please feel free to click the image to see the original creation.

Ode to a Trapezoid

O Trapezoid,
O Trapezoid,
How obtuse are
your angles.
O Trapezoid,
O Trapezoid,
Your form drives me to mangle.
You’re not so complex as rocketry,
Just Euclidean geometry.
You’ve four sides, and that’s quite well,
But only one pair are parallel!
O Trapezoid,
O Trapezoid,
How obtuse are
Your angles.

(Write a “shape poem,” I was told; so here’s a poem that fits the mold. The shape you see is a trapezoid, a shape with which I am quite annoyed. For this shape shall keep me from scoring an “A” in, a little class called Math 1610).


8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2012 9:21 am

    Lovely Mr. O’Quinn. How lucky I am to have a best friend with such talent.

  2. August 18, 2012 8:25 am

    Good one. Too bad now I have the Christmas Tree song in my head…

  3. August 20, 2012 1:07 pm

    I had never seriously considered odes before reading your post. The possibilities are endless:
    Ode to a Tarantula
    Ode to Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Ode to a Pepsi can with a sweepstakes on it
    Ode to the color Diaphenous
    Ode to a wishing well that children fall into
    Ode to a Brazilian hot wax

    It just goes on and on…make it stop!

  4. September 22, 2012 5:06 pm

    Wait are we still HAVING Xmas this year? I thought it was cancelled due to the Mayan prophecy. :)

    • September 24, 2012 7:13 pm

      Oh Christmas is still happening. But I’m going to play Santa’s counterpart this year. I’m visiting all the bad girls :D

  5. September 22, 2012 5:07 pm

    I DO agree with Lily though, I can’t get that stupid Xmas tree song outta my BRAIN…GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • September 24, 2012 7:14 pm

      Ha, I can have that effect. If you’d heard my voice singing it, you’d really be haunted!

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