ROUND ONE: 1-rent vs. 16-parallax


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Here are the poems:

1-rent
Sharing a Room with Big Sis
By Joe Mohr

Laughing, sharing, tickling, singing,
Playing checkers, jumping, kinging
Reading books, you choose then me
Sharing rooms, fun as can be.

Stealing, breaking, yelling, spying
Line down the middle inspiring crying
Tackling kicking bloody nose bent
Regretting demanding sis pay rent.

vs.

16-parallax
The Parallax
By William Peery

The parasitic Parallax
is known to bathe in weasel wax;
its two mouths feed on sugar beets
and unsuspecting parakeets.
The creature’s pushy, impolite—
a telemarketer by night.

 




1-rent vs. 16-parallax

  • 1-rent (Joe Mohr) (38%, 48 Votes)
  • 16-parallax (William Peery) (62%, 79 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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  • Bill

    Joe appears to be parallaxed with a touch of writer’s block?

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

    1 vs 16. So cruel, but it will be fun to see these poems.

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

    I can see these siblings and their lines. And that parasitic parallax is a masterpiece.

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Like Buffy said, I can see the two kids in my mind – although I’m not sure I’d want to see the Parallax!

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

    Another tough one! All that’s been going through my head, though, is “A parallax, a parallax, a most ingenious parallax…!” Great job, guys!

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

    Sounds like a song, Renee. Great job guys.

  • Bill

    Nice work, Joe! I shared a room with my little brother and know the feeling.

  • Carrie Finison

    Had to look up parallax and I think Bill chose a great way to work with this word. Joe, I loved the vivid picture you painted of these two siblings.

  • Stella Michel

    Great job both of you! I had to share a room with my sister and remember it well. As for the parallax, I wonder if it’s anything like Frankenbug?

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

    So THAT’S the truth about telemarketers…

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

    Whoa, I had never heard the word “parallax” before! And the sisters – so true about love!

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

    Ha! I hang up on those parallaxes…now without any guilt.
    Great job Bill and Joe, I just kicked my sister out.
    Great poems. Hard vote.

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

    Is Parallax the Lorax’s cousin? Great job both of you!

  • http://www.PoemsofJoeMs.com Joe Mohr

    Well done, Bill! I love your poem.

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

    Quinette, it is a song, or almost: “A paradox, a parodox, a most ingenious paradox…” are lyrics from Gilbert & Sullivan’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Though I think it would be more fun with parallax!

  • Bill

    Thanks, Joe,

    So what’s up with us receiving the lowest total votes? People clicking away once they see our faces? ;)

    Stella is in the house! No, nothing like my Frankenbug. But oddly enough, I found out after I submitted this that there is a villain in the Green Lantern series called Parallax.

  • http://www.jennifercolejudd.com Jen

    Funny poems! Nice work, gentlemen! I can see that being the only girl in a fam clearly has its benefits.;) And I always wondered if those telemarketers were parallaxes (parallaxi???). Do they ever sell yitters?;)

  • http://www.dianamurray.com DianaM

    Ha ha! Good ones.

    Love the ending, Bill.

  • http://www.PoemsofJoeMs.com Joe Mohr

    I’d say our ugly mugs deter voters for sure! U’d think people would be more sympathetic. :)

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

    You’re both gorgeous, so shut up already. But, you see, this is an interwebs thing, and Mr. Bill is not on the interwebs to get out the vote! Bill!!! You exclamation-lover, you! Get yourself an author page on FB and promote! :) That said, this was a tough call. Youse guys are well matched.

  • http://www.PoemsofJoeMs.com Joe Mohr

    Ouch Renee. He’s not promoting it and still killing me–that hurts :)
    I’m graciously conceding. I’d say I wish you well in the next round, Bill but you’re going against a friend of mine and i’m rooting for him. Though–of course–I will vote for the best poem. Unlike in the case of our match up. I like my poem a lot–but I like yours better. And i voted for mine :)

    Congrats!!!

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

    Fun poems, and this banter in the comments is, too! ;0)

  • bill

    Joe, my friend, you were conceding WAY too early. Not many votes were separating us. By the way, we won’t find any sympathy here;)

    I guess I will live to suffer another round of this madness.

    Okay, Sam, game on! You received about twice as many votes as I did. I love an underdog.