ROUND ONE: 3-awry vs. 14-verjuice


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Here are the poems:

3-awry
Alone?
By Robyn Hood Black

Door ajar, chairs askew –

Something shadowed slips from view.

Tables turned, thoughts awry –

Goosebumps gather, multiply.

Wind blows wild. Door slams NOW!

hold – my – breath…

hear Meow.

vs.

14-verjuice
Senescence
By Matt Forrest Esenwine

Drink from the cup of your youth, my child,
Sup and be merry while young;
For the meal always cools
And verjuice of old fools
Is sour and sad on the tongue.

 




3-awry vs. 14-verjuice

  • 3-awry (Robyn Hood Black) (64%, 114 Votes)
  • 14-verjuice (Matt Forrest Esenwine) (36%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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  • Marcus Ewert

    Matt – if there is some nectar to be pressed out of the swill that is VERJUICE and if you, sir, are the one to decoct it – then I shall raise a glass in your name!

    Though not a glass of verjuice, duh.

  • http://julielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    Verjuice, which comes when you squeeze vers libre really hard?

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

    I might put these two words in the blender and whip up something evil. Bwaaahahaha (evil laugh just for Ed).

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

    I knew this was going to happen. You’ve both given us beautiful language to savor and images to ponder. Darn it! I have to go meditate on this…. Beautiful work, Robyn and Matt!

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

    Well done. Ed, can I split my vote? They were so different but so very well done.

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

    I agree….these are both terrific!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Oh no, I don’t want to have to choose between these. They are both wonderful poems with such beautiful language. Kudos to both talented poets.

  • http://www.lizsteinglass.com/ Liz

    Tough choice!

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Thank you, folks! Robyn, I really love yours.

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

    Two of the best poems in this competition. Well done both of you.

  • Eric J

    These poems are Fantabulously Fantastic!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    Both so good and in different ways. You two are winners!

  • http://www.loridegman.com Lori Degman

    This was a tough one!! Great job, both of you!

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Something has gone terribly awry, and now I taste the verjuice of indecision….

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

    (Heidi, you are too much…!)
    Thanks, all – and Matt, Well Done! (Did you have to do such a nice job with such a challenging word?!)

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

    Such smooth reads! And well-tucked words! I struggled here, and I bow to both Robyn and Matt.

  • Carrie Finison

    I was so curious how Matt would cope with ‘verjuice’ and he did so well. Two very evocative poems here….

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Hi Robin, Nice to see you here!

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    OK, Robin and Matt, you might have made the voting easier!!!! Congrats to both – wonderful!

  • Michele Krueger

    I enjoyed both poems, Matt and Robin!

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

    Both great poems. A tough choice.
    Matt – I was wondering how you were going to use that word and you did marvelously well!

  • http://www.stephenwcahill.com Stephen W cahill

    Is this the strongest pairing in the tournament? I think so. And I have no idea which poem to vote for!

  • Janet F.

    And Matt has added another layer with his title…..a word somewhat familiar, but not right on the tip of my tongue. And I love the surprise at the end of Robyn’s filled with “am I being silly to be afraid of the dark” kind of tension. Had to think more than twice about these two poems.

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

    Thanks for these comments – it’s an honor to be in the same ring with Matt. Janet, I love his poem’s title too, and will admit to looking it up to double-check the meaning! (I love poems that make me smarter.)
    So many terrific poems starting off the tournie this year!

  • http://tanitasdavis.com tanita

    Oh, man.
    Well, now I have to find a way to use both verjuice and awry in conversation today. It’s the least I can do…

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    I had to do it. I finally voted. This was my one holdout because I couldn’t bring myself to NOT vote for the other one.

    Well done, Robyn and Matt.

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

    Honored to be part of a holdout, whichever way it went, Ed. Kind of makes my day in a warped sort of way….

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Thanks, Ed – and everyone! I’m honoured to be up against Robyn…she’s a fine poet, so I was hoping I’d be able to hold my own. As for my title, I figured a poem with a word like ‘verjuice’ required a title just as obscure! And it really seemed to fit the tone of the poem…so it worked out!

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    btw…I just noticed something. This matchup has one of the lowest vote totals of any of them – only 160 as of this moment. Most have at least 200, some have over 400. I wonder why? (not complaining or anything…just thought it seemed odd)

  • Domd

    Matt, I am afraid the vot total is low because a vote for one is sadly perceived as a vote against the other, and these are both way too good to vote against. Absolutely stunning matchup – fantastic work by both of you. I’ve yet to choose……..

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Thank you! I hope no one misunderstands, though – I’m not mentioning this to sound negative, as I’m very happy with my poem whether it wins or not. This was about having fun & promoting poetry! Robyn did an excellent job, too, and I think hers is more kid-friendly, so I congratulate her fullY! All I’m saying is the vote total is low – that is, the total number of people who voted one way or the other. There were some matchups that had totals of 200, 300, 400 or more people voting, yet Robyn’s and mine didn’t even get to 200…which indicates less people actually saw ours. It’s no one’s fault – and again, I’m not complaining – it was just a mathematical observation.

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

    Congrats Robyn! Both poems were great, but I admit Ed I voted for the more kid-level poem…found myself doing that throughout the competition. Enjoyed watching this match.

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

    Thanks, Damon! You know, I did the same thing with some of the match-ups. Just TOO hard to decide on writing alone. Matt made a wonderful poem with a terrifically challenging word (I got lucky this round with my word, I know) – and my hat is off to him.

  • http://www.izatrapani.com Iza Trapani

    Congrats, Robyn! This was a tough choice, indeed. Both poems were beautiful!

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

    Thank you, Iza!