ROUND THREE: 3-stitched vs. 10-waylay

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Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word, given its level of difficulty.
  • Whether or not the poem adheres to the poem requirements for the contest.
  • Precision: structure, meter, rhyme, syntax, etc.
  • Personality: creative imagery, language, metaphor, etc.
  • Power: makes you laugh, cry, want, sigh, think, dream, wince, scream, etc.
  • Plus One: it is a poem you feel drawn to share with another person for whatever reason.

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Here are the poems:

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3-stitched what does it mean?
So Inept – A Fairy Godmother’s Tale
By RJ Clarken

Godmothers of the ‘Fairy’ class
can conjure slippers out of glass.
An easy trick for most, except…
Miss Mishap. She was so inept.

Take pumpkins: She just could not make
them into carriages. They’d break,
or squish or mash, ‘though she had prepped.
Miss Mishap – she was so inept.

While crafting ball gowns, she did quip,
“…and as you sew, so shall you rip,”
and then she stitched her thumb. She wept,
“Oh dear! Why am I so inept?”

Now, Cinderella sidestepped fate
and got a fairy who was great.
That time, Miss Mishap overslept
and missed the story. So inept!

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10-waylay what does it mean?
How to Be a Big Bad Wolf
By Lori Degman

When I was young, my mama said, “Wolfie, when you waylay.
wait until the coast is clear, or you may cause a melee.”

I took my mama’s words to heart; I want to make her proud.
I always catch my prey alone – instead of in a crowd.

I listened when she pointed out that girl, dressed all in red.
I waited for her patiently in Granny’s feather bed.

And then there were those little pigs; I blew their houses down.
Luckily for me, they built their homes outside of town.

And, once there was a little boy; cried, “WOLF” all day and night.
I waited ‘til the townsfolk left, before I took a bite.

So, all you little wolfies, you should listen to your mothers.
Plus, you can get some pointers from two guys they call Grimm Brothers.

 


Public Vote (3-stitched vs. 10-waylay)
Final Results:
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Authlete Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
3-stitched vs. 10-waylay

The Authlete Vote was tied 22 to 22 when time first expired. RJ Clarken wins the tiebreaker 3-2 (votes during extra hour).
Classroom Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
3-stitched vs. 10-waylay




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  • http://laughalotpoetry.com/HOME.html Darren Sardelli

    OK. I’m completely blown away by these poems – so much fun to read and visualize. Round 3 is heating up!!!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you so much!

  • Dave Crawley

    Ed…the quality of poets you’ve rounded up is better than ever (as these two poems show). Glad I’m sitting this one out!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thanks!!!

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

      True, but would still be great to see you back at some point, Dave! You’ve already won the whole thing once, and got knocked out in the first round once … might be fun to finish somewhere in the middle, no? :)

      • Dave Crawley

        Actually, if you combine my win with my one-and-done, my average is somewhere in the middle! Goes to show anything can happen…just as it can in that lesser known basketball thing that’s going on…

  • rjschechter

    Two fairy tales to choose from. Actually, Lori’s incorporates several different fairy tales, a sort of tribute to the beloved big bad wolf. Well done!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thanks!

  • Lori Degman

    I was really hoping RJ’s poem would be that great – imagine my disappointment!! I LOVED yours, RJ!!

    • RJ Clarken

      And I loved yours! It’s sooooo marvelous!

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    Lori, love how you stiched (see what I did there, RJ?!) the wolf stories together…perfect vehicle for your assigned word!

    RJ, really like your take on a potential fairy for Cinderella!

    And Ed, are you using some subliminal device to get so many matchups to be similarly themed?

    • RJ Clarken

      Rebekah – you are so funny! :D

      And thanks!

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

      Bekah — this happens EVERY YEAR. It really is sort of amazing. Sometimes the words play nicely together and I think there’s some subconscious poet skills at work there by the authletes, but sometimes, it does just seem freaky.

  • Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    Crud. Why must you two make this so hard???
    RJ – A refreshing original take on the Cinderella story – love that opening line!
    Lori – Your wolf sure knows his stuff… howling good fun (haha!) and flawless meter as always!

    • RJ Clarken

      All the poems this round are really REALLY great! Tough to decide. But thanks for the nice words!

  • http://www.shandatrent.com Shanda Trent

    Another impossible matchup! Love both of these poems. And I agree with Rebekah–an extra giggle or two when the matchups have a similar theme, or interpretation. In this case, the fairy tales. Well done, both.

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you!!!!!

  • Buffy Silverman

    So funny that you both went the fairy tale route. I love Miss Mishap’s mishaps! And Wolfie is a riot.

    • RJ Clarken

      Thanks! I love it that both are fractured fairy tales, too!

  • Dave Crawley

    Wow! This one’s as tight as some of those first round NCAA games. And no one’s been charged with goaltending…

  • Dave Crawley

    Will this one go to overtime?

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

      In 3+ years, we’ve still never had one go into overtime. I actually need to post the tiebreaker rules back up somewhere. I had them in prior years, but I don’t see them anywhere. Will get on that.

      • RJ Clarken

        Seriously? Wow!

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

          We’ve had a bunch of classroom tiebreakers, but never a true tie in the Public Vote, nor the Authlete Vote for that matter. Lots of close calls, though.

          • http://closejj.wix.com/meretricktheworm Josh Close

            Yeah, for a second I thought mine/helens was gonna go OT. Wasn’t sure what would happen in that event, lol.

  • http://tanitasdavis.com Tee

    Miss MIshap reminds me of Pratchett’s Miss Tick. These are both so fun!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you so much!

  • Randi Sonenshine

    Wow! These two poems are both fantastic! RJ, I love the “as you sew, so shall you rip” line- very clever. Lori, I love how you incorporate all of the stories for the little wolfies and that great last line. Well done, ladies!

    • RJ Clarken

      Awwwwww – thanks!

  • http://phillipvanwagoner.com Phillip Van Wagoner

    Great fairy tales, both of you!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thanks so much!

  • Dave Crawley

    This one’s a nail biter….

  • RJ Clarken

    Hey Ed -so, um… is there any chance that Lori and I can just call this round a draw, and then compete again in the next round, or something? Just a thought… (Insert smiling emoticon here.)

  • Damon Dean

    RJ, your magical miss is a hit with me. Love the clumsy spell casting. Lori, you’ve given your dastardly wolf the credit he has always deserved–of course, all because to his momma. The great poetry is boiling to the top here.

  • Lori Degman

    Man, this couldn’t have gotten any closer!! Well, technically I guess it could, but honestly!!

    • RJ Clarken

      Seriously! :D

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

    Oh my! It’s our first ever tie in the Authlete Vote! So here’s the process — I need to quickly check the logs to make sure there are no errant votes (there never really are, but I gotta check), and then assuming it’s still 22 to 22, there will be a one hour “overtime” period for any other authletes to vote. If there’s still a tie after that (and possibly it will still be 22 to 22 if I can’t reach anyone), then the winner of the Classroom Vote (in this case Lori) will move on to the next round.

  • Lori Degman

    This is going to be a LONG hour!

    • RJ Clarken

      Seriously. Wow!

      • lillpluta

        Wow, indeed!

        • http://www.debrashumaker.com/ Debra Shumaker

          Fun! An Authlete tie. Seriously, can we figure out how both can move on to the next round?! :-)

          • RJ Clarken

            <3

  • Amelia Shearer

    Such a difficult one! I thought the use of the word waylay was great. :-)

    • Lori Degman

      Thanks, Amelia!!

  • Damon Dean

    So that’s 44 …there are still 20 out there? Surely there will be a few that will notice in the next hour. Amazing, so close and such great poems.

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

    So … wow. That actually happened. Thank you to our authletes for coming through to break the tie! The excitement that you didn’t see was that the first extra vote came in for Lori, then the second for RJ, then the third for Lori. Then one more for RJ. Then another vote for RJ. And then 10 minutes of maddening silence.

    LORI: I don’t know what to say. You absolutely crushed the classroom vote, so you can and should take great comfort in knowing that. You could have very easily moved on here, and in another world, you might have, but under the rules, this is just the way it went. I think maybe about 500 kids are wondering what happened here, too.

    RJ: Fantastic poem. You absolutely deserve a place in the next round. I know your advance here may seem bittersweet (sweetbitter?), so all I can say is write your heart out in Round Four and make Lori proud!

    • RJ Clarken

      Indeed it is bittersweet. While I appreciate the tremendous support, and am extremely grateful, I also feel that Lori’s poem deserved to win, too. What a day. So, yes – I will write to the best of my ability – and my next poem will be dedicated to Lori. Thank you.

      • Lori Degman

        I’ll be watching for it, RJ. Good luck!

  • Damon Dean

    Congratulations RJ! Great run on this match, Lori. What a fun finish to watch.

  • Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    Wow! You two just made TKT history. How cool is that? You both should be proud of your terrific poems. :)

    • Colleen Murphy

      Congratulations RJ! Keep up the great work!

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    I went to bed early last night and missed all of the excitement here! Congrats to both of you… I really do wish you both could advance! RJ, looking forward to your next poem!

  • rjschechter

    Amazing. I just read this thread and saw what happened, but I’d already cast my authlete vote so my coming late to the party didn’t keep me from participating in the tie-breaker. Still, I missed the fun of watching the nail-biter. My own Round 2 came close to the same situation, since I lost the authlete vote by a single vote, but a miss is as good as a mile.