ROUND ONE: 2-mesh vs. 15-sextuple


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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:

2-mesh
Instructions Incomplete
By Bruce Balan

I bought a cool model—a car I could build!
The box said it’s easy; no need to be skilled

I worked through the day and late into the night—
but when I was finished, it wasn’t quite right

The gears wouldn’t mesh and the wheels wouldn’t turn
So I pulled it apart, and you know what I learned?

There was no warning found in the instructions:
Keep track of your gum, when you’re starting construction.

vs.

15-sextuple
A Half Dozen Cousins
By Dave Crawley

A Half dozen cousins came calling,
Including a pair who were brawling.
And a trio of kin raised a terrible din,
While a singular baby was bawling.

I dizzily focussed each pupil,
Seeing double? Or was it quadruple?
I have said, ever since, though I’d settle for quints,
Good things never come in sextuple.

 




2-mesh vs. 15-sextuple: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 2-mesh (Bruce Balan) (30%, 82 Votes)
  • 15-sextuple (Dave Crawley) (70%, 191 Votes)

Total Voters: 273

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

    Anxiously awaiting your poems!

  • http://www.AprilWayland.comalsowww.TeachingAuthors.com April Halprin Wayland

    Moi aussi!

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

    Wow, this one is THIS CLOSE. Great job by both of you, with words seamlessly woven into your poems. Hmmm….

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

    Way to start those engines! Maybe it was one of those six cousins who gummed up your model car, Bruce.

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

    Cracking up here in Western New York. I love it when poems somehow seem to go together – two rough days here! Your words are happy!

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    This is a tough one, they are both super!

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

    Your poems both got me laughing! Well done, gentlemen.

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    Bruce, you made me snort my coffee. Thank you.

    Both of these were so clever — so hard to vote!

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    I really think this was my toughest choice in the tournament so far. I wanted to vote for both!!!! They both were well-written. They both made me laugh! Nice work!

  • http://www.dorainebennett.com Doraine Bennett

    Both are such good poems. Another really hard choice.

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    This matchup makes me glad I have TWO computers at my disposal!

  • Carrie Finison

    HAHAHA! Funniest match-up so far.

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    both very good, guys! Difficult choice!

  • Al Moroz

    Both were good, but if the focus is KIDS, Dave’s was also educational.

  • Lori Modzierz

    Excellent job on these poems!!

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

    I knew this would be a doozie of a match-up. Heidi, do you have another computer I can borrow so I can vote twice? These are fantastic. (And what a way to wrestle “sextuple”!)

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    These are both making me giggle, as I knew they would. Tough choice between these two. Well done!

  • http://tanitasdavis.com tanita

    Both ridiculously good, making this ridiculously hard! Fun, though!