ROUND ONE: 3-freaking vs. 14-supersede

r1f2 3-freaking vs. 14-supersede

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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:

Improper Disposal
by Victoria Warneck

My sister, being only three,
does not yet have the smarts to see
that life’s too short for freaking out
about a reeking Brussels sprout.

With age, she’ll come to understand
that all it takes is sleight of hand
to send the rank, offending green
down Fido’s gullet, sight unseen.


Super Seed
by Patti Richards

If I had a super seed it would grow the best.
My super seed would split and sprout, faster than the rest;
Run circles ‘round the corn stalks first, and race against tomatoes,
Supersede the summer squash and overtake potatoes.

Then Super Seed would shoot its stems straight up to the sun,
And stretch its tendrils round the earth and dig ‘til roots were done
Sipping love and light and truth from deep within the ground.
While blossoms burst with peace and hope- now that would be profound!


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  • Catherine

    Yikes another really tough choice. Great job ladies

  • Linda Baie

    These are really good, I’ve read them several times-such a tough choice–Brussels sprouts vs super seed saves the world!

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Well done on both counts, poets! Lots of kid appeal from Victoria and a fun play on the word for Patti. It’s going to be a close one!

  • Quinette Cook

    It is always interesting how similar topics can end up being. Does anyone else feel like planting a vegetable garden?

  • Damon Dean

    WHOA! This will be a difficult vote.
    How do you choose between a veggie-hero and a veggie-villain,
    between genetic modification and sibling indoctrination?
    These were perfect as could be.

  • Ryan Stockton

    Great match up here. Fantastic poems both. Well done!

  • Victoria Warneck

    Inspiring poem, Patti — beautifully done! Your superseding Super Seed is a hero!

  • julie krantz

    Tough choice, ladies. Loved both of these poems.

  • Carrie Finison

    Another great matchup, and so hard to choose. Victoria, your poem has great kid appeal and Patti, I love your play on words. Fantastic job from both of you. It’s sad to have to lose one of you in round 1. I want to hear more from you both!

  • Patti Bumpus Richards

    I commented before, but I’m not seeing it here:( Just want to say what a great poem Victoria! Love it so much!