by Joe Tessitore and James A. Tweedie We are issuing a challenge to all poets to create poems that incorporate word homophones. Call it what you like, but we are calling it a Homophonic Poetry Challenge. Every poem should contain at least one perfect or near-perfect homophone. Puns, while not required, are encouraged. Although our own attempts have been humorous, serious homophonic poems are also a possibility. In any case, here are some examples to get you started. Note that the requirement for meter is not strict. Note that this is a challenge, not a contest. No winners. No losers. Just fun. From Joe: On Seymour’s Weight Gain There's more to see of Seymour, So I see Seymour more. The First Time I Saw Paris When I got an eyeful of Eiffel, I ful- Filled a life-time dream. Untitled How much did that broad on Broadway weigh? From James: Icy Eyes A frosty Highlands sky Caught Scots by surprise. When asked, one man said, "Aye, "I see icy eyes." Oui, Oui! This little piggy went to Paris, and this little piggy went to Rome I asked them if lattés in Bern Affected them on their return. And this little piggy went, "Oui, oui! We wee-ed all the way home!" We are confident (and hoping) that you can do better. Place your poems in the comments section below.