ROUND TWO: 16-chicanery vs. 9-patsy

r2f1 16-chicanery vs. 9-patsy

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Here are the poems:

The Raven and the Apple Pie
by Margo Lemieux

A Chicken, a Goose, a Dog on the loose, a Raven high up on a wire
Smelled a cinnamon breeze, a delectable tease, from a pie just baked in the fire.
But the sill was too high, it denied their desire, so they sadly admitted defeat.
Till the Raven flew down, knocked the pie on the ground, and promptly proceeded to eat.

He took a big gobble and started to wobble, keeled over as if in a faint.
Goose shrugged as she said, “He looks mighty dead. It must’ve been something he ate.”
When they hurried away, Raven whispered “hooray,” and he jumped up intention quite plain.
As he finished the pie the gleam in his eye said chicanery triumphs again.


Dog Gangsters
by Damon Dean

That lanky greyhound is a schmuck.
But with her high-rise snout
off-limit treats on countertops
we never do without.

I watch, she thieves—we split the take.
She’s such a naïve sucker.
And if we’re caught, my puppy eyes
can make a patsy of her.


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  • Angie Kidd

    Yum! You both offer us poems about animals after treats. But will it be the
    Raven or the Greyhound in the end? Only time will tell…

  • Damon Dean

    Whoa Margo! You brought it on. Amazing how we doubled up on the topic of animals and treats!

    • Margo

      We were thinking alike….something in the cosmos.

  • Mother Streusel

    Ha ha!! I see creative geniuses are thinking on the same wavelength…this battle, in my opinion, is extremely well-matched. Super tough!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Wow, these were both so good.

  • Buffy Silverman

    That’s one clever raven and delightful language, Margo. And I like that “high-rise snout,” Damon.

  • Elizabeth McBride

    Wow! You two are really quite a match! Margo, you packed so much into those few eight lines! And Damon, speaking as one of the gangsters…! Great job – both of you!

  • Lynn Ward-Author

    I can’t get over how often the two poems offered are on a similar theme. Well done to you both :)

  • Quinette Cook

    I had to read the poems in this matchup several times before making my decision – well done authletes!

  • julie krantz

    Tough choice, authletes!

  • Joe Mohr

    2 very different words resulting in similar poems. That’s quite incredible! Great poems, both!

  • Ally Keenan

    Wow, these poems are so good! Great job, both of you :)

  • BJ Lee

    Margo, rollicking good fun! Damon, lol. plus I love the word ‘patsy’

  • Ed DeCaria

    Congratulations to Margo, and a big THANK YOU to Damon for two great poems under pressure this year (plus the other 75 poems he’s left in the Comments section).

    • Mother Streusel

      Damon is the best! He’s so nice and clever, and should win best commentator!!!!

  • Mother Streusel

    Great job Margo! Damon, you’re an awesome poet!

  • Margo

    A fine poem, Dean. I had an unfair advantage. The word ‘chicanery’ was just waiting for a poem.

    • Damon Dean

      Dearest Margo,
      I was beat fairly–it’s clear you done it.
      The challenge was great–you jumped upon it.
      Your creative juice flowed,
      rhyme & rhythm both glowed,
      and the votes prove the best poem has won it.

      Great work, I will be cheering you onward!

  • Ldegman

    Congrats, Margo – good luck in round 3! Great poems, Damon!!

  • Damon Dean

    Congrats Margo! Thanks to all for the comments on this fun match. The camaraderie between poets is like no other. I was out of town all day and got in last night after midnight, thus my late comment.
    Margo, I knew when I saw your poem I was done for! My heart began racing. :)
    It was a great word but I don’t think it was an unfair advantage at all. You just met the challenge to make a great Aesop-class story out of it. Classic approach and I love it (tacking it to my study wall).
    I have since thought of hundreds of ways I could have approached ‘patsy’ differently, but I don’t think I could have beat that wily Raven’s wit.

    • Margo

      Thank you. No one is more surprised than I am. I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  • KatApel

    Great job, Dean. That was a fun poem. You had a tough match-up against Margot and her chicanery. It’s my fave of all, so far. Fantastic!