ROUND ONE: 3-ruckus vs. 14-inconsequential

r1f1 3-ruckus vs 14-inconsequential

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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:

Sticky Situation
by Vanessa Hancock

“Play outside!” We were told.
So we ran, and we rolled.
Oh the ruckus we made
In the leaves as we played.
In the mud and the muck,
Oh how good it all stuck.
Mommy had not a clue
We were covered in glue.


by Allan Wolf

Most things inconsequential go unmentioned in the news.
But a ray inconsequential lights a rainbow’s many hues.
A flame inconsequential lights a firecracker fuse.
And a thought inconsequential can become a poet’s muse.

A breeze inconsequential keeps a bird aloft in flight.
A drip inconsequential keeps a plumber up all night.
A dog inconsequential is a forest to a flea.
What’s your inconsequential may mean everything to me.


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  • Linda Baie

    Both depending on point of view makes these poems more alike than first appearing. Well done!

  • Gloson

    Allan, I’m considering reciting your poem to my future girlfriend (if I do get one. =P).
    Vanessa, nice poem. Very nostalgic! By the way, how did they manage to hide the ruckus from their mother? :P

    • Allan Wolf

      By the way, Gloson, if you are in the market … I DO have a daughter. And I’ve shown her a couple of your poetry videos.

      • Kathy Ellen Davis

        A matchup made via MMPoetry would be such a great story!

      • Ed DeCaria

        Seriously, Gloson, if you ever came to the U.S. this crowd would have you booked with dates until you turned 20, easy.

  • Mother Streusel

    These are both excellent! Ahhh the competition is so exciting!!!!

  • Mother Streusel

    Oh, Allan, I found out one of my relatives attended one of your workshops a few years ago. Small world!

  • Quinette Cook

    Oh, Gloson, your future girlfriend is so lucky. :) The humor in Vanessa’s poem is sweet, but Allan’s poem tugged at my heart.

  • Catherine

    So distracted by brilliance I just accidentally voted as public and athlete. Oops!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Beautiful, Allan.

  • Marileta Robinson

    Loveliest poem I’ve read so far, Allan.

  • Buffy Silverman

    Love this list, Allan–breath-takingly beautiful. And I remember those glue-covered days, Vanessa.

  • Allan Wolf

    How many relatives of Mother Streusel have to know me before I’m officially famous?

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    Such different poems! The preschool teacher/mom in me loves yours, Vanessa, knowing that my kids would totally relate to this! My hope is that my kids will be the person in your poem, Allan! Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?!

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    Vanessa: loved the imagery! Had me laughing. :-)

    • Vanessa Hancock

      Thanks Debbie. :)

  • Damon Dean

    Yes, these are quite different and that makes it more difficult to vote. Vanessa, I loved the glue–what creative kids, I can see them now in their free-for-all ruckus. Your rhythm, Allan, and the drilling of the meaning throughout for your word, makes insignificance significant.

  • Lynn Ward-Author

    I can truly picture the ruckus Vanessa, well done :) Alan, you have given me so much food for thought, though each thought might seem inconsequential. Wonderful.

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    Beautiful use of inconsequential, Allan!
    And I can just picture the mess with the glue and ruckus, Vanessa!

  • Mother Streusel

    Congratulations Allan!! Great job to both of you!!!

  • Vanessa Hancock

    Congratulations Allan!! Great to have been a part of this with you. :)

    • Allan Wolf

      Likewise Vanessa. Metaphors be with you!

  • Michele Krueger

    Congrats, Allan….really enjoyed it.