Saturday, June 9, 2012

What's the Opposite of Chewbacca?

An opposite poem starts with brainstorming. I was visiting a class, and the students called out words with opposites to use for our poem. "Big, high, old, messy, stinky . . . " Kids always exhaust the words they've learned to recite as opposites quickly. Good. Then we moved on to words that don't have a specific opposite, "Elephant, cotton candy, sunshine, bunnies. . . " One student waved his hand high in the air and shouted, "Chewbacca!" 

We didn't write the poem as a group, but I couldn't help writing an opposite poem searching for the opposite of Chewbacca. Will you help me finish it?

What's the Opposite of Chewbacca 

What's the opposite of Chewbacca?
Those furry mini dudes who run and walk-a
all over Endor's forest moon?
Gosh, that movie was over too soon.

Why not Han Solo? My mom digs him.
Or a scaly beast who likes to swim,
with terrible claws, long teeth and fins.
A fight against him--nobody wins.

Could be a bird, a snake, or a girl
in a pink ruffled dress with hair that curls,
who doesn't fly light speed or shoot space blasters.
She never fixes stuff, only causes disasters.

It could be anything, you complain?
I could go on until it drives you insane?
No, no--that's the fun. Try it. You'll see.
What do you think the opposite should be?

Okay, it's you're turn. Feel free to write a couplet (two rhyming lines) or two describing who or what you think the opposite of Chewbacca is in the comment section. And I'd love to add illustrations to the post. Draw a picture then get it scanned and email it to me at angelamorrison [at] mac [dot] com! Please include a line that says, "I give Angela Morrison permission to publish my artwork online."


  1. What's the opposite of Chewbacca you ask?
    Why, my little kitten, Mao!
    Though furry and soft, SHE wears a black mask,
    and purrs ever softly, not howls!

    LOVE your blogspot, Angela!

  2. Oh, Deb! That's great. Bravo! Thanks for visiting.

  3. Great work. Fun post.

    What is the opposite of Chewy?
    Maybe it's Donald or Huwy or Dewy.
    His fur is brown
    their feathers white.
    Ducks swim by day,
    Chewy flies at night.
    Their feet are webbed,
    Chewy has toes.
    Where's this poem going?
    Nobody knows.

  4. Yay, Joy! Thanks for the great addition to Chewbacca ponderings.