ROUND TWO: 1-mob vs. 9-contraction


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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
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Here are the poems:

1-mob
Mayhem Makers
By Victoria Warneck

I stand on the edge of the mob
bewitched by the pulse and the throb
of energies clashing and hot tempers flashing
untempered by honor or prudence

I spin and I grasp for a hold
to keep me apart from the fold
“Come, join the throng! Don’t you want to belong?”
Little brothers are such a bad influence!

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9-contraction
Ms. Cratchit’s Contraction Comments
(School for Wayward Children 1910)

By Ken Slesarik

Please use them very sparingly.
These little words lack virtue.
Apostrophes can be your friend,
Appease them, they won’t hurt you.

Ambitious overuse my son,
Repetitious, a distraction.
Vicious is my grading, child,
Malicious, the contraction. (D-)

 




1-mob vs. 9-contraction: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 1-mob (Victoria Warneck) (33%, 70 Votes)
  • 9-contraction (Ken Slesarik) (67%, 142 Votes)

Total Voters: 212

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  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    I felt the energy of the mob in Victoria’s poem – I think it was the beat and the hard sounds in the words.
    Ken’s poem was so unique..the title itself pulls you in.

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    Cleverness all wrapped up in two exceptional poems. Good work, you two!

  • http://www.debbielacroix.com Debbie LaCroix

    Great poems!!! Hard to decide. Good luck

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Good match-up. Both very clever with lots of good language for reading aloud. Congrats to both! :)

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Victoria, great surprise at the end of your poem. Ken — I loved your 1910 schoolteacher voice.

  • Carrie Finison

    I’m sort of surprised by the lopsided voting here. I enjoyed both!

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Enjoyed reading these. Ken’s had me at the title, and I was wondering if the poem would deliver. Yep, it did.

  • Nora Eddy

    Good job Ken. You rock.

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Great work Victoria and Ken.
    Enjoyed these…felt the panic of the sibling, and the teacher’s meticulous caution.

  • http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com Robyn Campbell

    What great poems. I loved Victoria’s best, but like Carrie, I’m shocked by the disproportionate voting. :( Great work both of you! Victoria, that ending made me giggle. :-)