ROUND FOUR: 13-argumentative vs. 10-euphoria

r4 13-argumentative vs. 10-euphoria

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Here are the poems:

A Squirrel of a tale, or shall we say… “tail”?
by J. J. Close

Two squirrels were having a fight, for the rights to the very last bite,
of a triple white fudge,
double scoop, extra sludge,
almond amaretto delight.

They argued and bickered and fought, which triggered a snickering plot,
which started with sprawling,
evolving to brawling
their tails ending up in a knot.

This lead to a slight little worry, as to what would result when they’d hurry,
in inverse directions,
with newfound connections,
it likely would end in a flurry
of hair to the air,
and a tear to the pair
of their tails all bushy and furry.
These two bitter friends,
with interlocked ends,
deciding against their new merge,
took off in revolt,
a spectacular jolt,
both hoping that they would diverge.
BUT… this bickering pair,
were trapped unaware,
of what would result from their surge…
With tails detached,
a new species hatched,
a very argumentative kind,
They’re awfully rare,
this tailless pair,
and extremely unlikely to find,
Believe me, they’re clever,
they’ll hide out forever,
…and you’ll never catch them from behind!


An Outer-Space Spectacle
by Kristen Foote

Each night while I drift off to sleep as darkness starts to grow,
the setting sun cues up production for its nightly show.

The glowing, flowing, gently floating cosmic-dust debris
announces the galactic show – an outer-space marquee.

A swiss-cheese moon takes center stage, imparts an ancient story.
A brilliant act, despite its age, receiving spotlight glory.

New nebulas and protostars blaze gleefully, content.
Both planned and random, dance in tandem, intertwined ‘till spent.

A cast of clouds pass in-between the open-sky euphoria,
an eerie shifting haze displaying sheer phantasmagoria.

A mystic macrocosm. So much known, so much to learn.
Though space keeps secrets hidden, it gives glimpses, so we yearn.

They say just wish upon a star to make your dreams come true,
but my goals are much grander than the fleeting stars in view.

I’ll wish upon the universe, and galaxies, instead.
Just vast enough to carry dreams residing in my head.


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  • Josh Close

    Very thought provoking, well written poem – kristen! Great internal rhymes.

    • Kristen Foote

      Thank you JJ!! Yours is so fun! I love how the pace of the poem is driven by your formatting! :)

  • Quinette Cook

    Poor squirrels, no euphoria for them.

    • Kristen Foote

      lol :)

  • Mother Streusel

    Congratulations J.J. and Kristen for two extremely good and difficult to chose between poems. J.J., your structure and wild humorous story-telling is entertainingly awesome. Kristen, your eloquent craftsmanship is gorgeous and stunning.

    • Kristen Foote

      Thanks you!!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Very cool poems!

  • Damon Dean

    Kristen, I love your celestial ambition! Why limit wishes to a star? Great vision, shared so well.

    JJ, these two squirrels scampered through their dilemma like your scampering verse! Loved the outlay of your lines and spaces–felt like I was in the park watching them.

  • Renee LaTulippe

    A fun story from J.J., but I have to go with that perfection of meter and theme that Kristen wrought. Love the euphoria/phantasmagoria rhyme! Beautiful poem.

    • Kristen Foote

      Thank you Renee! I so appreciate your comment! I’ve always enjoyed the word phantasmagoria – I was excited to get to use it :)

  • Elizabeth McBride

    I know this is supposed to be hard, but really…it’s hard! You present some wonderful poems here! Josh, what a great idea in this story, and a delightful collection of words that are just plain fun to say! Kristen, your beautiful description of the wonder and the science of the displays of light we see is expanded into unleashing dreams! Great, great job – both of you! Thank you!

  • Elizabeth McBride

    J.J. congratulations! And Kristen, superb job! Congratulations to both of you for tremendous poems.

  • Kristen Foote

    Congrats JJ!! I’ll bee cheering for you in the next round!!! :)

    • Josh Close

      Thank you Kristen! Would have said the same if you’d have moved on instead of me! Two more rounds to go… getting more and more nervous for results as this thing goes on! I can’t imagine what it’d be like waiting for the final round results, maybe I’ll find out! We’ll see! Gotta get through BJ Lee first though! :)

  • Mother Streusel

    Wow, two great poems. Congratulations J.J.! Awesome job! Kristen, very impressive work!

  • Gloson

    That was a Close one! hehe.

  • Jon Barber

    I wasn’t impressed