ROUND ONE: 2-strewn vs. 15-fungible

r1f2 2-strewn vs. 15-fungible

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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:

Oodles of Doodles
by Jacquie Sewell

Puppies lay strewn across the yard,
A rambunctious bunch who love to play hard.

Nose to tail, muzzle to muzzle,
They slumber together like a canine puzzle.

Round, pink bellies glint in the sun
while oversized paws continue to run.

Tired Dogs, Good Dogs, mischief is done . . .


by B.J. Lee

A dollar bill is fungible – convert it all to dimes –
but lemons are not fungible if switcherooed for limes.
A hedgehog and a porcupine are similar, indeed,
but don’t have fungibility. Each one’s a different breed.
The aardvark and the anteater both keep the ants at bay,
but aardvark works the evening shift, the anteater, by day.

A best friend is not fungible; instead she is unique.
You will not find her like again, no matter where you seek.


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  • Samuel Kent

    Another mention of aardvarks!

    • Damon Dean

      Samuel…I think Ed needs to make aardvarks the MMPoetry mascot.

    • Mother Streusel

      Don’t tell anyone, but my poem was originally Arthur the Aardvark….until I discovered that a certain popular children’s cartoon character was not a donkey like I thought. Do you know how hard it was to find an animal that started with A and was two syllables or less that wasn’t already a fictional character named Arthur? So, yeah, I wound up with an aphid.

  • Miranda Paul

    I feel like this is the hardest choice of them all!

  • Quinette Cook

    Jacquie, I’m a sucker for dogs. How did you come up with the title?
    B.J. can I be your friend?

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Charming doodle dogs! And B.J. – what craft. I always expect perfect meter from you, but you’ve outdone yourself. Brava to both!

    • disqus_xkUvROpuwp

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Ldegman

    Another great match-up!

  • Catherine

    These are fab! I think B.J’s is the best I’ve read so far.

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    Thanks for the smiles! Aarrff! BJ, your poem is really sweet.

  • Linda Baie

    Creative use of doodles! And BJ-great to read aloud and content too! I’m learning some words along the way!

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    BJ, you knocked that one out of the park–humorous, informative, touching. Jacquie, my favorite lines are “muzzle to muzzle….a canine puzzle.”

  • Stella Michel

    Incredible job, B.J.! And I loved the line Nose to tail, muzzle to muzzle, They slumber together like a canine puzzle”, Jacquie! A hard choice.

  • Damon Dean

    The cute picture of puppies at play Jacquie is delightful! B.J. you took that 15-seed word and nailed it–with meaning in the end. Loved both poems.

    • Deb

      These poems were great!
      I loved each one;
      But I had to vote
      When all was said and done
      For the one that touched me
      And moved me the most.
      So I have to admit
      To a fungible toast!

  • Mother Streusel

    Well, we have one of the cutest poems ever written versus a poem that is so clever that I didn’t have to look up that super unfamiliar word in the dictionary, even though an explicit definition was never given.

  • Diana Murray

    BJ, I somehow missed this one my first time through! Love it! (Seriously, can’t believe you wrote such an awesome poem using “fungible”). Jacquie, wonderful canine puzzle image! I can totally see it.

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Wow! This was tough!! Both were excellent poems with amazing use of words. I *really* liked this line, Jacquie: “They slumber together like a canine puzzle.” My 6-year-old loves puzzles and that would really appeal to her. And B.J. – masterful! Switcherooed! You used a serious word in a light way and really pulled it off.

  • Quinette Cook

    and the winner is? I can’t see the final public vote. this is driving me crazy…

    • Ed DeCaria

      That issue should now be fixed. Effective immediately and forever.

      • Quinette Cook

        Yipppeee! Thank- Q