ROUND THREE: 16-quotidian vs. 13-accoutrements

r3 16-quotidian vs. 13-accoutrements

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Here are the poems:

It’s Quotidian
by Lori Degman

I’m standing here, in Biscayne Bay. I plan to swim the day away.
But something’s nibbling on my foot. It looks like I’ll be staying put.
And now it’s halfway up my calf – there’s nothing left to do but laugh.
It’s past my knee and to my thigh; oh, that was quick – how time flies by.
Around the front it’s got my gut; around the back it’s got my butt.
It’s moving up; it’s at my chest – well, so much for my safety vest.
It’s worked its way up to my shoulder; don’t think I’ll be getting older.
I smell it now; it’s near my nose. Just two more inches – there it goes.
You’d think that I would be in shock from being swallowed by a croc.
But, really, it’s quotidian – that is . . .

if you’re Floridian.


Too Many Bears
by Samuel Kent

My teddy bears, my nightly dread —
all hundred ninety-eight —
must be arranged upon my bed
before I hibernate.

My tedious, quotidian,
and every-night affair:
I tuck them in, then kiss the chin
of every single bear.

It seems bizarre. It seems a waste.
It seems to makes no sense,
but I can’t rest until I’ve placed
my bear accoutrements.

And once my bears serenely snore,
I lay my weary head
to sleep and snooze upon the floor,
no room for me in bed.


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  • Samuel Kent

    Nicely done, Lori!

    • Ldegman

      Thanks, you too, Sam!

  • julie krantz

    Both good poems–hard to choose, poets!

  • Jean Daigneau

    Wow! Another tough choice!

  • Julie Larios

    Loved both of these – a difficult choice!!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Nice, both of you! Sam, your quotidian behaviors are so eccentric! :) Lori, nice ending! Very clever the way you geared up for the end.

  • Linda Baie

    These are both terrific, clever, creative! Hard to choose & vote!

  • Mother Streusel

    Wow, this one is a tough call!!!!

  • Quinette Cook

    Oh, these are both so very clever. Samuel, not fair using Lori’s word. Hmmm, wouldn’t it be fun if both poets agreed to use both words and then see what happens.

    • Samuel Kent

      Aww, it’s totally fair Q! I’ve done it in several rounds before, and frankly I’m surprised when other poets don’t!

      • Quinette Cook

        No, I know it’s not fair. I was giving you a hard time. I love it when the poets do it. :)

  • Darren Sardelli

    Lori – I’m really impressed with your poem. Well written, smooth, and fun!
    Samuel – loved the ending!!! Humorous and witty!

  • Sylvia Liu

    This one is very tough! Congrats to you both. I like the Shel Silverstein-like image of the crocodile creeping up the body parts.

  • Monica Harris

    I really did enjoy both poems but, as a scientist, I was a little ‘concerned’ with having a crocodile in Florida. They are alligators :-( I know…it’s picky

    • Ldegman

      Monica, when I first thought of the poem I checked to make sure there are crocodiles in Florida and I found several sources that claim there are American Crocodiles in Florida. It’s probably rare but I figured, as long as there’s one croc in FLA, I’m ok :-)

      • Buffy Silverman

        We saw a croc once in Florida Bay, at the end of the drive in the Everglades. I think they just live in brackish water.

  • Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    I declare this impossible! You’ve both hit me right where I live… in Florida, Gator country to be specific, with a daughter who has (nearly) 198 stuffed animals to tuck in every night and say goodbye to every morning before school. Heavy sigh….

  • BJ Lee

    tough call! Nicely done, both of you!

  • Carrie Finison

    OK, this one was really hard. Great matchup! I really wish you could both move on in the competition.

  • Miranda Paul

    You are both GENUISES.

  • Debra Shumaker

    This is getting impossible. How to decide. . . .

  • Elizabeth McBride

    Sam and Lori, you both did such a good job! I really enjoyed the suspense of the Floridian feasting, and the painful security of having to complete the nightly exercises of routine. Great job, both of you!

  • Buffy Silverman

    Excellent poems–would like to vote for both of them!

  • Catherine

    Love these!

  • Mother Streusel

    Wow!!!!! Wow wow wow!!!!! Congratulations, Samuel! Lori, you did an awesome job. Two tough contenders!

    • Samuel Kent

      Thank you, Karyn!

  • Ldegman

    Thanks for the votes and nice comments!! Good luck, Sam!!

    • Samuel Kent

      Lori, I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to compete with you. You’re tremendously talented and I knew from the beginning that my round with you would be a real challenge. Best of luck to you and congratulations on Cock-a-Doodle Oops! I can’t wait to read it!

      • Ldegman

        Same to you Sam – I know you’ll do great in the next round – I wouldn’t be surprised if you make it all the way!! I’ll be watching from the sidelines :-)

  • Damon Dean

    Lori, I loved your gradual consumption here…all in a day’s play in Florida, I am sure!
    Samuel, your poem reminded me of my daughter, who had almost that many stuffed critters, and all of them were real and personal to her. Delightful! Congrats and can’t wait to see your next offering.

    • Samuel Kent

      Thank you! I’m going to have a real challenge ahead of me with “Invigorating”, for sure.

      • Ldegman

        I’m sure you’ll do great!!