ROUND TWO: 16-rapturous vs. 9-conducive

r2f1 16-rapturous vs. 9-conducive

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Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
  • Creativity: wordplay, imagery, unusual approach, etc.
  • 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:

Ring and Run
by Lori Degman

We rang the bell and ran away,
and as we fled we heard him say,

“I’m gonna get my hands on you,
and when I do, you boys are through!”

We dove behind the bushes fast,
and held our breath as he sped past.

Then celebrated, rapturous,
because he failed to capture us!


Buckle Up, Butter Cup
by Bekah Hoeft

“Buckle up, Buttercup!”
Always interrupts my view.
“Walking feet, Mr. Pete!”
Well, that makes me fume and stew.
“Don’t stand on the twirly chair.”
“No jumping off the bed.”
“Make sure you wear your helmet. Oh, please, don’t bump your head.”
I wish my mom would notice, I wish she’d understand.
Rules are not conducive to the life that I have planned.
A life of grand adventure, heroic derring-do.
To these rules,
I’d like to bid–

Adieu and toodle-oo!


Public Vote (16-rapturous vs. 9-conducive)
Final Results:
16-rapturous vs. 9-conducive

Authlete Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
16-rapturous vs. 9-conducive

Classroom Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
16-rapturous vs. 9-conducive

16-rapturous (Lori Degman) wins the tiebreaker (weighting vote by # of students per classroom): 199-137.

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  • Rebekah Hoeft

    Hi, Lori! Congrats on a great poem!

  • Damon Dean

    Lori, perfectly painted picture of that old door-bell trick!
    Bekah, a mother’s resonating prods last a lifetime! Classic way to picture kid-felt angst for them.

  • Mother Streusel

    I love being in this competition! I love getting to read and vote as an Authlete!!! So much good poetry!

    • Ed DeCaria

      Glad you’re enjoying it. Keep spreading the word!

      • Mother Streusel

        I’m having to work extra hard today. Most of my friends and family use the internet significantly less on Saturdays and Sundays, especially Sundays.

  • Buffy Silverman

    Love your raputurous/capture us rhyme, Lori. And great spirit of adventure for your narrator, Bekah.

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Thanks! I love Lori’s rapturous / capture us rhyme as well! I never think to rhyme that way! So clever!

  • Marty Holmes

    Love the restriction vs desire pairings in the first few lines, Bekah — I can almost see the illustrations. Hilarious, and great job!

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Thanks, Marty! Care to be the illustrator?!

  • Carrie Finison

    This was the hardest one so far for me to decide. Great job, both!

  • Elizabeth McBride

    Lori! Were you watching us? Your audience will be right there with you! And Bekah, the next step is when the kids start saying those things back to you! Wonderful writing!

    • Rebekah Hoeft


  • Quinette Cook

    No bell-ringing here, but plenty of other stuff. I certainly remember breaking the rules. Fortunately no bones. :) Great poems.

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      No bones broken here, either! I’m not so sure how–lots of adventures to be had around our house growing up!

  • Ldegman

    Bekah, I’ve tried to reply to your post twice and both times it didn’t show up. I wanted to tell you I love your poem and, as a mother – and former kid – I can totally relate! Good luck!!

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Thanks, Lori!

  • julie krantz

    Wow–liked both of these poems!

  • Joe Mohr

    It’s always nice to read the next poem of the person who beat you and know she’d have beaten you if you faced here again :) Well done, Bekah!

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Thanks, Joe! That is very sweet of you to say! I truly loved your poem, and lots of my friends did as well!…I’ve always been a sucker for novels that have the hero finding a new calling, so your poem was right up my alley!

  • Ed DeCaria

    Oh wow — this is officially under review. The Public Vote goes to Bekah, and the Authlete Vote goes to Lori. I will check the logs for the Classroom Vote and verify the winner ASAP.

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      So exciting! How are you doing, Lori?!

    • Ed DeCaria


      • Ldegman

        Thanks, Ed! I was exhausted last night and had no idea how long it would take, so I went to bed – apparently 5 minutes before you posted this :-)

        • Ed DeCaria

          After all I’ve been through with you authletes, you didn’t seriously think I’d let a TIE stand for very long, did you???

          • Ldegman

            I should have known better :-)

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    Congrats, Lori!

    • Ldegman

      Wow, Bekah – it couldn’t have gotten much closer!! Thanks, and congrats to you for writing an awesome poem!!

  • Mother Streusel

    Congratulations Lori!! What a match!! I think the votes reflect how great both these poems were…I think the real winners are all of us who get to read them!

    • Ldegman

      Thanks! I agree, this is such a wonderful way to get fresh poetry out into the world!

  • Michele Norman

    Both poems were terrific but a tie? Awesome. Congratulations Lori!

    • Ldegman

      Thanks, Michele!

  • Damon Dean

    Fantastic, Lori…march forward with that rapturous win. You rang the bell well.
    Bekah, loved your perspective of our parental parameters. This was a great match.
    Ed, great way to break that tie.

  • Darren Sardelli

    Unbelievable!!! Now that’s March Madness!!!

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    I think we need a halfway house for the….nonwinning….authletes! Feeling set adrift in poetryless world. I know I know…there is poetry to be written regardless of mm 2014….but not pressured poetry with all of you lovely people, which I have discovered is way more fun than sit on my couch by myself poetry!

  • BJ Lee

    Congrats Lori! What a close match!