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A C T C - 2014/08 Entries - Poem Hunter Poems - Poem by Brian Johnston

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CHALLENGE TITLE POETRY CONTEST FOR AUGUST!
>>> 'WHY DO TURTLES CROSS THE ROAD? ' <<<


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-what is turtle soup anyway? -
By Mandolyn

hey upside down reptile
or am i upside down?
what's in that shell? will you tell us?
OH- you're naked under there!
sorry, that was rude of me.

everyone is writing about you, you know.
really good stuff too, like i read one
today and thought 'wow, she can write about turtles'

someone else said 'hey, it's a contest Mandolyn'
while i was writing about leaving the country
after my panda express fortune cookie told me i would
be leaving the country
soon. what does soon even mean? like next week?
do i believe the Chinese know their shit?
my first reaction was 'how should i pack? do i need to
bring my own water bottle? will this rectangular piece
of paper with red writing send me to Thailand? '
i love pineapple rice...

now i'm thinking how cool turtles are.
they don't need a curled up cookie to tell them what to expect.
they just go
stop
go
stop
munch 'n have a hunch
they might get run over by a car

that's why you never see a turtle on the road,
they were never friends with toads
and toads were never sprockets
that were wet.


Contest Master's Comment - Special allowances are always made for Senior Citizens! How old is Mandolyn this week? Still 96 I see! Sorry sweetie, we all know that you are a 'babe, ' so in spite of the fact that Mandolyn got the title wrong, she is given a pass by the Contest Master. Her heart was in the right place and her poem is really not about toads though she mentions them twice as you get close to the end. Perhaps she is obsessed with former boyfriends? It's frogs that turn into Princes isn't it or did I get that wrong too? Just wondering Mandolyn, are you confusing 'turtle soup' with 'Poetry Soup' in your title somehow? I know life gets confusing as we get older! Just thought I'd ask.

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Why Do Turtles Cross The Road?
By Darlene Walsh

Why do turtles cross the road
Can an answer ever be found
So I sat upon a tuft of grass
Between a road of dirt and a pond

I sat and sat for hours and hours
Waiting for a turtle to appear
Then out of the pond one did come
Speeding up the bank he ran

I watched and watched as he did run
A full point two miles a day
Between the pond and road he dashed
I knew he soon would cross

After an hour he finally arrived
And stopped to look around
Unsure that he was safe and sound
He stopped and shook his head

Afraid to cross a wide open space
He avoided stepping off the grass
Then rushed along the edge of the road
A full point two miles a day

He traveled a while on his way
Then his day grew suddenly gray
Looking up he saw a frightful sight
A gray mountain coming his way

So rashly he rushed across the road
Away from the elephants crushing path
He put on great speed as he rushed along
A full point three miles a day

He just barely attained the other side
As the gray mountain passed him by
As I watched I was sure I now knew
'Why do turtles cross the road? '

So as you walk and happen to see
A turtle crossing the road
Look both ways and stand carefully back
Or an elephant will crush you fast


Contest Master's Comment - Don't forget guys that Darlene not only likes Science Fiction but she is 20 years old also (and up front about it too) ! She is really out there and 'babesk' in spirit for sure. Courage and integrity to boot, although I personally would not trust a turtle to know the difference between an elephant and a steam roller, we can surely not fault Darlene for just reporting what the turtles told her, can we? !

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Why Do Turtles Cross The Road? ……. [CHALLENGE TITLE for August; temptation; MEDIUM LENGTH; God] by Bri Edwards

The answer is they DON'T;
they can, but they just WON'T.

In Garden of Weeding….
Turtles were once feeding.
Then God said: 'DON'T EAT PEAR! ',
which gave Turtles a scare.

But along came Slim Jim;
said: 'Don't listen to Him.
He's all pumped UP,
but He's just a PUP.
Yes, His bark isn't slight,
BUT He's GOT no bite.'

So Ava T. did eat;
gave Eddie T. a treat.
Pears did taste SO good;
Turtles ate all they could.

Next day came God on stroll,
and nearly lost control.
ALL pears were eaten;
temper started heatin'.
'GOD WILL DAMN THEE TURTLE.
FROM GARDEN I DO HURTLE! '

Around Garden went 'rod',
placed there by their god.

For not doing as told,
they fear 'Rod' (we call 'road') .


Contest Master's Comment - So Sorry Brier but I went to sleep just reading your convoluted title. Still if I give Mandolyn's title a pass, I guess I have to allow your poem too! We've seen your picture, no babe material there (or 6 pack abs either I'm guessing) . Me either. But God may get you for changing the 'apple' into a 'pear' just to make an easy rhyme. I personally advise Christians not to vote for this poem to avoid God's wrath as well. But not to worry Bri, the Bible itself says that 'few will enter in' (and none from works, that's for sure) so the chance of a real Christian taking me seriously and voting against you is probably zero anyway. There probably aren't any poets going to heaven...Ha!

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Why Do Turtles Cross The Road?
(A **Joint** Poem by Diane Hine and 'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA')

‘Okie' turtles cross the road
because they've all read
‘The Grapes of Wrath'
AND NOW LIVE 24/7
IN AN ALCOHOLIC STUPOR
IN MIGRANT WORKER HOUSING IN CALIFORNIA
TRYING TO IMAGINE
WHAT THE WORLD WOULD BE LIKE
IF GILBERT GRAPE WAS PRESIDENT.

Badbottom Leatherback bikie
turtles on Harley-Davidsons
don't just cross the road,
they own the road
AND LIVE IN 'HOG' HEAVEN
THE TRUE FAT CATS (IS THAT A SLUR?)
OF THE MODERN WORLD.

Kerouac turtles are the road itself
SO LIKE SCHROEDINGER'S CAT
THEY ARE ALWAYS IN BOTH STATES
AT THE SAME TIME, IE.,
CROSSED AND UNCROSSED,
IT'S ALL PROBABILITY PROBABLY! ? !
ANYWHO, IT'S HARD TO LIVE ANYWHERE
WHEN THE WORD DESTINATION
IS NOT IN YOUR VOCABULARY.

and Chuck Norris turtles never
have to cross the road because
the road crosses itself
EITHER IN TRIBUTE TO L. RON HUBBARD
(WHO LIVES IN THE HUBBARD TELESCOPE)
OR BECAUSE THEY HAVE WATCHED
SO MANY INFOMERCIALS
THAT CROSSED EYES CAN'T TELL
ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD FROM THE OTHER
CHUCK NORRIS TURTLES DON'T LIVE ANYWHERE
THEY PERSONIFY, ‘I AM.'


Contest Master's Comment - The 'dark horse' of the pack, this poem is probably way to literate to garner many votes even if you have taken voice lessons from the Master of Music himself. Who is that masked man I wonder. Will he ever be unveiled? Surely there enough literary references in this poem to make most vapid English Major cross-eyed. The only groups left out that I can see are 'Samurai Ninja Turtles' and 'New Age Belly-Button Turtles' who are too frightened of the real world to ever come out of their shells anyway. Did you ever see a turtle levitate? I think you should add a couple of verses Diane & BO (I mean PO) , after the contest is over, don't you?

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Why Do Turtles Cross The Road?
By James B Johnson

‘So why are the turtles crossing the road?
My sister asked wonderingly
As each turtle would come into view.
No guarantee, but sometimes we'd see them
As we drove with Dad out of town
Checking out cows on a farm or two.

‘It's a great mystery to me, ' I said,
‘As both sides seem really the same,
And our vision's much better than theirs.'
‘The problem I see with crossing for turtles…
Is that they're low and also slow
So fast autos catch them unawares.'

A nice gesture, Dad would frequently stop,
Let us scoop them up in a box
For the ‘turtle farm' at our home place.
The grip's important when picking them up
‘Cause turtles can scratch, bite, and pee,
Oh what a joke, … ‘turtle won the race! '

But now why does a turtle cross a road?
Perhaps he's trolling for people?
Buggers don't care about other side,
From industries' leaders they take their cue,
Their mentors, short visioned and slow,
Who risk their lives to get a free ride.


Contest Master's Comment - Truly the oldest poet in the group, I am hoping to win by means of the sympathy vote crowd. Just think of me as a friendly, old, senile, grandfatherly type. Remember the reasons so many of you voted for Ronald Reagan you tea-party, sociopathic, nabobs of negativism and vote for me too or I will raise your taxes too just like Ronnie did! That's a promise!

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If you like what we have done here.....

>>PLEASE VOTE ON THIS 'POEM CONTEST' (FROM 1-10 <<

Maybe PoemHunter will make contests like this a website
feature in the future like some other websites already do?

And a huge vote of appreciation to both contibutor and my
collaborator Bri Edwards (the disgraced ex-poet and now
reinstated postman!)

>>>Please help us make this contest even more popular <<<
>>>by emailing your friends on PH and elsewhere even, <<<
>>>to make the vote as democratic as possible! ! ! ! ! ! ! <<<


Comments about A C T C - 2014/08 Entries - Poem Hunter Poems by Brian Johnston

  • Gold Star - 23,537 Points Bri Edwards (9/14/2014 10:57:00 AM)

    dear all (reluctantly including the 'master') ,
    well, it is sept.14 now and i've mostly been engaged for a week in other pursuits rather than PH, i.e. getting from California to Pennsylvania safely and visiting with my daughter and first grandchild. why do some people make such a big deal out of babies? ? ? now i'm in my birth-area of western New York State, visiting friends and relatives and borrowing a computer.
    FLASH! ! ! oops! i did not vote! ! ! ! i was leaning heavily towards Darlene's elephant menace poem, a fine example of silliness, common sense, smooth, understandable storytelling and delicious rhyming. my kind of poem....meaning i like that kind AND also that i sometimes manage, i think, to produce some like that myself.
    lucky for us that, despite OR because of Brian's masterful foolishness in the way he rules this contest with a mighty fist and keyboard, the votes AND non-votes have all been tallied and, like it or not, a winner has been named. i accept his random decision with humility. heh heh.
    i'm looking forward to returning home in a week and getting back to my wife's computer and PH on a more regular basis, even though some of you may have welcomed my absence. BRI :)

    P.S.

    DARLENE, upon rereading your poem now, i've decided that you actually hardly rhymed at all, BUT that's ok. at least you did not sacrifice other things for the sake of rhyming, like some people do. YES, i would have voted for you, so (although with brian in charge anything could happen) you may well have won, if i'd been more alert and missed the deadline. looking forward to your next challenge entry. rbi (this computer keeps changing my lower case 'name' from b r i to r b i) BRI


    MANDOLYN: i DID enjoy your poem because it was quite understandable in a playful sort of way. i loved the 'munch/hunch'. you were starting to become unraveled towards the end, but that didn't surprise me. i'm looking forward to next month's (this month's!) challenge. brian confuses me by his timing for voting (among other things he does!) . :) BRI
    oh yeah, and i liked the poem because i like cookies and you mentioned them twice, AND because you spelled out 'shit', which some members would be afraid to do. :)

    BRI: well, what can i say? i can's take the credit for garden of weeding, except that my memory is still good enough to remember that name from on a former neighbor's flower bed sign. one or two have questioned my use of slim jim, which to me is really the name of a dried meat stick snack food i've seen in stores. i did not mean it to be a snack in the poem, but instead a cute name for the serpent/snake from the bible's story of adam and eve in the garden of eden shortly after god created everything (except comic books and A-bombs; those were a creation of mankind, both useful in their own devious ways) .
    another reader thought tortoises, not turtles, cross roads. i say that both creatures sometimes venture where some senior citizens fear to tread. i'll TRY to remember to vote on time next month. what's the new title? ? ? :) BRI

    DIANE (and Phantom i suppose) : is brian SURE THIS IS LEGAL? ? well, since he seems to be the executive, legislative, AND judicial branches of the CHALLENGE all rolled into one, we can't argue if he allows it. so be it. i don't know if i ever expected a poem other than Mandolyn's to be so far out, to use a neutral term for it. it certainly is 'interesting'. the main redeeming feature of it was the mention of chuck norris. and a road crossing itself? is it catholic? ? anyway, keep the poems coming folks, whether the titles are exactly as assigned, the poem is in english or swahili, rhymed or not, etc. etc. it will give brian something to do besides drink Dr. Pepper all day. :) Bri

    BRIAN: OK pal. i see the envelope of fifties arrived in your p.o. box safely. ya know the postal clerks can't always be trusted. congratulations on ruining....i mean running another 'smooth'....or should i say slippery contest. what's the next title? ? and remind me a little earlier to vote. i wanted to put off voting so as to not influence the voting of others, but obviously i forgot(?) the end of voting was when it was. : ( no problem. i won! ! !

    as for your poem [who really wrote it? ? ]....here is my first correction, an easy mistake to make (for a third grad3r) . sister ask? ? how about sister asks OR sister asked? hmmmm?
    i give you a point for low/slow; not bad, though not great. trolling? aren't trolls little people who live under bridges? ? i thought maybe troweling, but i guess that is what masons do when they aren't drinking beer. your wandering into the corporate world at the end took that point away. sorry! a good effort. better luck next time. :) BRI aka the WINNNER! ! ! ! ! :) b-r-i

    THANKS TO ALL. THIS GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DO WHILE MY FRIENDS ARE AWAY AND HAS KEPT ME FROM EATING THEIR FROZEN YOGURT WHILE THEY ARE GONE. :) BRI EDWARDS (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 10,204 Points Brian Johnston (9/13/2014 4:08:00 PM)

    A late news flash!

    Monk E. Biz has informed me that he is really not happy enough to be gay, and that Brianna Edwards is not really a woman just a cross-dresser! Don't know how I could have missed that but I assure the PH ethics committee that it was an honest mistake!

    So that means that Mandolyn should have been the winner for those who really care. Hopefully someone does! So sorry though, Mandolyn, to have to let you know that you are in fact Monk E. Biz's 'crazy chick! ' Oh the tragedy of it all! Better luck next time Dear Poet with both the voters and the Judge. Ha!

    Until our ratings go up a little though I don't think that there is much chance of either.

    So sorry too Brianna that you are not a REAL winner! Heh! Heh! Heh! (Diabolical laugh!) I was secretly hoping that something like this would happen! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,204 Points Brian Johnston (9/13/2014 12:29:00 AM)

    Diane votes Mandolyn
    Abekah votes Brian
    Darlene votes Brie
    Sunprincess votes for everyone.
    Mandolyn votes no
    Kanav Justa votes for everyone
    Bri Edwards votes no
    Brian Johnston votes for Diane
    Valsa votes for everyone
    Monk E. Biz votes crazy chick (which can only mean Brie Edwards) ! ! ! Official Ruling! ! !

    Mandolyn 1
    Brian 1
    Diane 1
    Bri 2
    Darlene ½ + ½ = 1

    It is my duty to announce that, as unbelievable as it seems (blame woman's suffrage and aging hippies) the winner of August's Challenge Title Contest

    ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]Bri Edwards[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[

    Congratulations Bri! Your Garden of Weeding twist was in fact very creative however much it pains me to say it! Well Done! (Report) Reply

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Poems About August

  1. 51. A C T C - 2014/08 Entries - Poem Hunter .. , Brian Johnston
  2. 52. ! Pacific Creations! , Ajay Pisharody
  3. 53. August Is The Dying Month , Wanda Swim Strunk
  4. 54. Hazy Moonlight Haiku , Chenou Liu
  5. 55. August Breezes , Robert Charles Howard
  6. 56. Blue Curtains , Kelly Kurt
  7. 57. Cc Diana , Rachel Ann Butler
  8. 58. %%%silent Language%%% , Glamorous Enigma
  9. 59. ! Pillars Of Hope! , Ajay Pisharody
  10. 60. Book Of My Life …. [very Short; Aging;.. , Bri Edwards
  11. 61. ! Ocean Of Treasures! , Ajay Pisharody
  12. 62. I Beg Her For Forgiveness..... [personal.. , Bri Edwards
  13. 63. Senryu Collection , sathya narayana
  14. 64. ~~~~i Found A Way To Get To Paradise~~~~ , Glamorous Enigma
  15. 65. April (Haiku) , Cynthia BuhainBaello
  16. 66. On The Sixteenth Day Of August , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  17. 67. August,2015 , Akhtar Jawad
  18. 68. Hey There Barbie Girl! , Joe Rosochacki
  19. 69. Phantom Deer.... [very Short; True; Vis.. , Bri Edwards
  20. 70. Guru's Amrit , Swami Parmanand
  21. 71. August Again , Ruth Walters
  22. 72. Cinderella Shoes , David Harris
  23. 73. On A Late Summer Day , Daniel Brick
  24. 74. A Kiss, The Reply - Parody Austin Dobson.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  25. 75. Independance Day! , Jameel Ahmed Ansari
  26. 76. Spring , Diane Hine
  27. 77. On My Birthday , Neela Nath Das
  28. 78. August Sun , Rhonda Baker
  29. 79. Summer Heat Haiku , Chenou Liu
  30. 80. Goodbye, My Brother , Renelle Gallant
  31. 81. Stuff , Antoine Lavoisier
  32. 82. Losing August In Memoriam: August Wilson.. , Daniel Brick
  33. 83. Winter Mist Haiku , Chenou Liu
  34. 84. Prisoned In The August Rain , Pradip Chattopadhyay
  35. 85. August , Ruth Walters
  36. 86. The Ferry , Pradip Chattopadhyay
  37. 87. Creations Of Sunsets In August- , Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  38. 88. Gather Ye Kittens After Robert Herrick -.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  39. 89. Yesterday's Lover , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  40. 90. International Space Station Iss , Nyein Way
  41. 91. A Will To Unit Venus And Mars , Florida Angel
  42. 92. Travel Haiku - China's Bird's Nest , john tiong chunghoo
  43. 93. Smoke Black...Smoke White...Smoke Screen.. , James B. Earley
  44. 94. I Press On To Win The Prize! , Denis Martindale
  45. 95. Paris Regained , A. P. Herbert
  46. 96. The Dog Days Of Summer , Audrey Heller
  47. 97. The Blame Beyond Reason , Elna Nel
  48. 98. Collecting Liquid Gold , tom billsborough
  49. 99. My Love , Cherry Joy Clamor
  50. 100. Flea Haiku , Chenou Liu