ROUND ONE: 2-gesture vs. 15-meretricious


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Here are the poems:

2-gesture
Farm Friendly
By Damon Dean

I tell my chicken to stop pickin’ feathers from his friends,
because it isn’t nice to bare fine fowls to breezy winds.

I tell my goat he should not bloat, for pride is a great sin;
instead to bleat, a way more sweet to speak with his goat kin.

I tell my pig so round and big to grunt a bit more quietly,
and not to flop his tasty slop, to eat somewhat politely.

I tell my kitten not to spit—a gesture nasty, crude;
but he tells me, “I spit because the mice are mean and rude.”

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15-meretricious
The Meretricious Red Delicious
By J. J. Close

The suspicious, meretricious, inauspicious, Red Delicious,
Looked absolutely edible and even quite nutritious.
You’d think that you could pick it up and have yourself a bite,
But don’t let it deceive you, ‘cause there’s something just not right.
You see, my friend, its inner parts have something rather wrong,
Yes, deep inside, there live some things that really don’t belong.
Two worker ants, three apple flies, will truly make you squirm,
But not as much as Meretrick, the apple eating worm!

 




2-gesture vs. 15-meretricious

  • 2-gesture (Damon Dean) (19%, 28 Votes)
  • 15-meretricious (J. J. Close) (81%, 121 Votes)

Total Voters: 149

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  • Josh Close

    I didn’t realize I was going up against a canine!!

    I speak dog, so don’t be nervous to chat. ;)

    Good luck! May the best poem win!

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

    Josh,
    I will be amazed HOWEVER you use that fantastic word! This is my first year to even know about this wonderful contest…so I am having fun already.
    The canine is my dear Daisy, and use that avatar all over the place.
    Thanks for being part of this challenge, and indeed, may the best poem win!
    (I have three choices, and it’s driving me crazy picking one!)

  • Josh Close

    Damon,

    This is my first year as well! My first look at the words brought to my mind endless possibilities for “gesture.”

    Then I saw my word and had to look it up before I could even think of anything to go off of! It has been fun though. I was pleasantly surprised with what I came up with! I look forward to whichever you choose!

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

    Ah, you guys are being so nice. Now get to the trash talk!

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

    Yes Q, we need to get a few rounds under our belt before we get trash talk going!

  • Josh Close

    I’ll trash talk for Damon if he moves on and I’m left waiting for next year :)

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

    Lots of fun down on the farm with these two poems–glad to have met Meretrick.

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

    Well, now, what are we supposed to do here? Isn’t there an extra vote button somewhere? Both of these bring the giggles – great job, guys! Must think…brb.

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

    Gosh Josh! Great use of the word! You were meretricious in relating your poetic skills, dude…my knees are shaking’. Well, my knuckles are…
    DD

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

    I went back and forth for so long… I felt a little like Eve must have when the serpent tempted her with the apple…

  • Josh Close

    Thank you Damon! I love reading poems with internal rhymes, it really helps the flow! Yours has some great internal rhyming!

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

    Wow! This was a hard race to pick!

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

    Crazy animals! They need some manners. These were fun, poets!

  • http://MainelyWrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

    Two entertaining poems! I want two votes, please.

  • http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com KatApel

    Great job, both of you – I loved Farm Friendly and its cute/clever play. Didn’t think I’d top it – but meretricious was delicious! A delightful mouthful to devour – animals and all. Excellent!

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

    Love that spittin’ kitten – and love that meretricious apple, and the way the whole poem defines that (“good-grief-what-were-you-thinking-Ed”) word.

  • Paul

    Josh,

    Loved the use of the word and how the poem enveloped it!

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

    Josh, a clear victory, congratulations! Your poem did, as many commented, ‘reflect and embody’ the meaning of the word best. Great job…I’ll be cheering for my opponent on up the bracket, and can’t wait to see yours and Susan’s words.
    Enjoyed this match–write on!

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

    PS Josh…besides, the introduction of Meretrick the worm is really genius. I expect to see him in a future picture book.

  • J. J. Close

    Thank you Damon! I got extra pressure now – If I’d have lost to you, I’d have wanted you to win it all so that I could say I lost to the eventual champion – but now I gotta do it for you! :)

    I just might have to write a story about Meretrick now, thanks for that insight, and hopefully foresight!