ROUND ONE: 3-shank vs. 14-unbutton


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Here are the poems:

3-shank
Asleep
By Jen Kelley

From my toes to my heel,
Up my ankle until
My whole calf starts to tingle
and can’t really feel.

I stomp and and I wiggle,
I dance and I kick,
But left toes to left knee,
My left shank – dead to me.

vs.

14-unbutton
Teddy Bear Warrior
By Lissa Clouser

As Button the Bear entered the lair
of Charles the Under-Bed Creature,
he tried not to remember the time last December
when he earned his most distinguishing feature.

With one button eye gone, he’d fight valiantly on
for his boy to be safe from his fears,
but that’s what bears do (he’ll unbutton the beast too!)
to the dust bunnies’ resounding cheers.

 




3-shank vs. 14-unbutton

  • 3-shank (Jen Kelley) (35%, 83 Votes)
  • 14-unbutton (Lissa Clouser) (65%, 152 Votes)

Total Voters: 235

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

    An odd combination. If I had to choose words I think I would go with unbutton even though there are way more rhyming words for shank.

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

    Well done, ladies – a good match-up!

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

    I like how tingly “Asleep” feels – I think it’s the unusual rhyme scheme. And doesn’t “Teddy Bear Warrior” feel a little pooh-ish?

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

    I was so hoping you’d both use each other’s words in your poems!!

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

    shank: “a part or appendage by which something is attached to something else, esp. a wire loop attached to the back of a button.”

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

    Aw, I know that asleep feeling! And the teddy reminds me of my old stuffed dog! Fun!

  • Lori Modzierz

    Super job on the poems!!

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

    Yes – interesting pairing of words for this match-up! Enjoyed reading these – and Lissa, after reading yours, I think I’m starting to get the connection you mentioned between children’s poetry and dark fantasy! ;0)