ROUND ONE: 1-random vs. 16-gaiety


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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
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  • Subtle elements that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Your overall response: emotional reaction such as admiration, tears, laughter, terror, or some indefinable feeling.

Here are the poems:

1-random
Appreciation
by Linda Baie

Darwin sailed across the sea
saw nothing random,
just naturally
derived species selection,
through careful observation.

Onto the land a creature came;
it scuffed on sand first without name.
Darwin said, “Try to understand
these unique qualities of man.”

vs.

16-gaiety
Elegy For A Daffodil
by Renee M. LaTulippe

I watered you from bulb to bloom,
watched you waltz away the gloom.
Gaiety in green-gold gown:
that was you, my dancing clown.

I found you sprawled upon the lawn,
jaundiced, flat, decidedly gone:
curse the cat I thought I knew
who fertilized the end of you!

 




1-random vs. 16-gaiety: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 1-random (Linda Baie) (11%, 26 Votes)
  • 16-gaiety (Renée M. LaTulippe) (89%, 216 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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  • http://www.teacherdance.blogspot.com/ Linda Baie

    What can I say, Renee. My best to you. I know Ed wants us to share on this site too. So I repeat. Part of my family is visiting for a while, then skiing the rest of the week. So after the excitement of waiting for my word, they asked if I had any other thoughts that weren’t “random”, and I fell into hysterical laughter!

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

    At first I wondered at GAIETY as a 16-seed word since it seems a lot simpler than some of the other ones. But now that I’ve been sitting with it a while, it is rather insidious….

    Ed, I’d be interested to know the reasoning behind GAIETY as a 16-seeder?

    Linda, I wish you the best of luck with RANDOM, which also doesn’t seem like the easiest word!!! Maybe an afternoon on the slopes will clear your head! :)

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    All the best Renee and Linda! May random gaiety inspire you! :)

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    Renee, gaiety gets a 16 seed for a few reasons … it is contextually very odd in today’s world, it has a tough meter, it looks odd in writing, and its actual meaning sorta boxes you in. I think it is the toughest word of them all. Prove me wrong!

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

    Ed, after wrestling with this word all morning – I answered my own question with all the reasons you just listed! It’s not a friendly word at all and I fear it will be quite a feat to use it in a coherent kids’ poem. Back to the writing board. As they say in Italy….VINCERO’ (at least over this word).

  • Heidi

    Trade you hypocrisy for gaiety any day…

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    What, last year you did not like the doggerel of decaffeination and now you scoff at the harshness of hypocrisy. Hmmm … What does that make you? There’s a word for it … What is it … What is it …

    (kidding!)

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    Best of luck to both of you. Renee you have a hard word but I am expecting wonderful poems from both of you.

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

    I’m excited to see these two words resting neatly in their poems! Neither are all that easy. Linda, did your family wonder at the random outburst of gaiety? Or are they pretty used to it now?

  • Marcus Ewert

    Ah, you both are gonna be great! Can’t wait to read ‘em!

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

    OK, after ten angst-filled hours completely devoid of gaiety, I have two poems to choose between. Just gotta decide.

    Heidi – hypocrisy is fun! Yes it is! You’ll be great! :)

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Looking forward to reading your poems–I know they’ll be excellent!

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

    Let there be random gaiety all around.

  • http://julierowanzoch.wordpress.com julie rowan zoch

    I can barely describe my excitement – and I’m not even participating!

  • Marcus Ewert

    You guys got your poems posted first of anyone’s!
    EXCITING!
    THE GAMES HAVE BEGUN!

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

    Linda, we’ve started the show! Great job with random – I had a feeling you’d do something non-fiction, which frightened me! Whoo-hoo! :)

  • http://www.teacherdance.blogspot.com/ Linda Baie

    Keeping things short & sweet was my biggest challenge. I took a big topic & had more to add… Donna, I did get a few laughs about gaiety too. Renee you have the best endings, one of the hardest things is to end well! Hurrah, we have begun. Thanks to all for your wishes! Congrats to every poet for your “best words in the best order”!

  • Carrie Finison

    What a way to open the tournament. Great poems, both of you!

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

    That was fun!

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Nice poems, Renee and Linda! Hard choice! (By the way, Renee, I had to Google “daffodil cat” to get your poem; I didn’t know that daffodils were poisonous to cats! :P)

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

    You’re both amazing poets. I love the visual imagery in each poem.

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    You both have a remarkably similar voice in these poems. Well done, ladies.

  • http://thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Mrs. Harvey

    Outstanding start! Kudos to you both!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Loved both of these poems from such strong poets. The imagery is really strong. I’m going to have to come back and reread a few more times before I can decide how to vote.

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Aw, these are fabulous!

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    I just adore seeing what you both did with your words. They’re so well hidden in the poems that I had to go back and find what the words even were. *Hat tip!*

  • http://twitter.com/ana_paest Ana Paest

    I am enjoying the victory march the cat who pooped on a flower.

  • http://twitter.com/ana_paest Ana Paest

    ^ of

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

    Way to start us off, Ladies! Well done. (Can’t I just go ahead and vote for everyone??!!)

  • angie breault

    Great job ladies!

  • Marcus Ewert

    I feel the same way, Robyn. I’m just jonesing to read more!
    (~now *that* would be a good MMP word: jonesing!)

  • http://julielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    Oh, what wonderful poems and what a terrible reminder they are that we have to compare apples to oranges and vote for our “favorite.” Excellent entries, congratulations to you both!

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Great poems! Your assigned words fit seamlessly in your poems.

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

    Great starts Linda and Renee!

  • http://www.teacherdance.blogspot.com/ Linda Baie

    Thanks for all the poem love everyone. You are great support. I know Renee would like to say thanks & will, but she is fast asleep by now-hours ahead of all of us.

    I am just waiting for some of your poems too! Where are they?

  • Patricia Nozell

    Two tough words, but two amazing poems. A very difficult decision! And great start to March Madness.

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    Two great poems to kick off the tournament!

  • http://www.ericode.com Eric Ode

    I wonder if voters are finding their way forward to the other matches. I was vote number 90 for this contest, but the other matches are hovering around 15 total votes or less.

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

      Eric, I was out all day and could not post any poems until late tonight. I got this one out at about 6pm but others came out after 10:30pm. So the rush will come tomorrow. Plus I’ll be creating the scoreboard similar to last year to help people navigate.

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

    I’m awake! It’s 8am in Italy and I’m here with my tea feeling cozy and rosy from all your kind words. Catherine Johnson noted the similarity of our voices in these poems, which I hadn’t noticed – it’s true! That’s so neat! Thank you, everyone. Now I’m off to read your wonderful entries!

  • http://www.stephenwcahill.com Stephen W cahill

    Renee, your poem is blooming brilliant! What was your word again – I didn’t eve notice it! great job :-)

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

    Thank you, Stephen! ‘Twas GAIETY, though there was no gaiety in the writing of it!

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

    Well, I went to bed early, but I’m up now (crazy early) and can’t wait to read more. Well done, ladies!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    Ridiculously good poetry, ladies! Very hard to vote for only one. Good luck to you both!

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    This matchup is impossible. I’ve come back to it three times and I still can’t decide which I like better — two beautiful poems.

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

    Excellent poems, ladies!

  • http://www.dorainebennett.com Doraine Bennett

    What a great job you both did on these! The cheering is ringing from the rafters.

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

    If this is just the first-matchup, so beautifully beginning the tournament, I am in serious trouble. Arrrghhh! You are both ridiculously talented and I love how you handled the challenges of your words. Renee, I was wondering how you were going to finesse gaiety – you folded it right in among the blooms. Brava, Ladies!

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    Linda, love that you channeled Darwin with the word “random!”
    Renee, only you could use “gaiety” in an elegy!!

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    Great job, ladies!

    Renee – loved the use of ‘jaundiced’ in your gay elegy!

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

    Aw, thanks for noticing that, B.J.! :)

  • http://www.dianamurray.com DianaM

    Great job, both of you! What a fun surprise to see what you came up with.

    Now, I see there are six hours left to vote, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do it! I’m not seeing any radio buttons or voting buttons of any kind. Feeling very computer-challenged.

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

      You need to be using a java-enabled browser, but most are, so not sure what’s up, and not much that I can do!

  • Janet F.

    Ah the gaiety of the daffodil, I await them here. We have such a short spring. I will be on the look out for these dastardly felines, however. And appreciating the contemplative mood of Darwin. Look more, think more, talk less sometimes? Hmmmm…..Thanks for your poetry, Linda and Renee.

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    Arg. My clocks and polls are out of sync so you two just got an hour added back to your matchup! You’re still the first to close but now at 2pm Central, then successive matchups will close every 10 minutes from that point.

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Oh my goodness, did I actually complain about decaffeinated last year? And how on earth would you even remember that??? In the end, of course, I enjoyed both challenges, after the initial reaction. I think the word(s) you’re looking for may be “resists authority.”