ugly beauty
shrieking on the street,
vivid red lipstick
as thick as honey



I gave my EFL students a poetry writing assignment which required them to compose a
4 line poem that contained an oxymoron in the first line.  This was one of the example
poems that I included on their instruction sheet.


Magic Lantern

Welcome intruders parade across tan plaster.
The night, black as glass bodies, grows colder
with every flap of her hands.

Red silk, turning burgundy in buttered light,
rustles a merry music neath fine white frill
for this enchanting yearly yuletide thrill.