ROUND ONE: 4-caulk vs. 13-venal


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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
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  • 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:

4-caulk
A Sticky Situation
By Kathy Ellen Davis

Mom was caulking the tub;
Dad was frosting a cake.

I was helping them both,
and that was a mistake.

Caulk and frosting look alike,
and they’re both dispensed in guns;

Now our bathtub’s tastin’ sweet,
but that cake gave us the runs!

vs.

13-venal
The Venal Judge’s Change… of Appetite
By Gloson Teh

In the city of Kludge, there was one venal judge.
The rich bribed him with cappuccino—
He called the good “filthy”, acquitted the guilty!
The peasants all called him a meano.

One day, he decided he’d be peasant-sided
And pleaded with them, “I feel awful!
I’m sorry I lied, but I’ll switch to your side!
….in exchange for your crispy, sweet waffles.”

“Mm…mm…mmm!”

 




4-caulk vs. 13-venal: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 4-caulk (Kathy Ellen Davis) (61%, 114 Votes)
  • 13-venal (Gloson Teh) (39%, 72 Votes)

Total Voters: 186

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

    Huh. Two words I’d never associate with kids. Good luck with that, you guys! :)

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Thank you Renee. You’ll change your mind after precisely 29 hours 10 minutes 05 seconds. :)

  • http://kraftyellenwrites.com Kathy Ellen Davis

    My dad’s a carpenter, so I lucked out with this word, Renee! Excited to see what Gloson does with his word!

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

      On the OTHER hand, you just went and created some high expectations for yourself …

  • http://kraftyellenwrites.com Kathy Ellen Davis

    Maybe so, Ed…I’m just glad I knew what it was right away!
    I talked to my dad on the phone because, in my words, he’s an “expert,”
    and he said:

    “Well, yeah, I’ve used caulk, and I’ve caulked with caulk, but I’ve never used caulk in a poem before, so I don’t know if I’m an expert!”

    I love that this competition leads to me talking poetry with my Dad :)

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

    Can’t wait to see these two poems! There’s a lot of confidence going on here!

  • http://www.AlisonHertz.com Alison Hertz

    Wow, two tough words! Looking forward to reading these.

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

    Great words! And tough. Good luck to you both.

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

    Aaaaand…that’s the way to deliver. This one is IMPOSSIBLE. I would like to split myself in two and vote for both, please.

    Kathy’s caulky cake or Gloson’s corrupt court…I’ll be back.

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Whoa. That’s a great poem, Kathy! I wonder how we ended both our poems so sweetly (literally)!

    One question: What exactly did you mean by “the runs”?

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

    Mmmm… mmm. Two yummy poems.

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

    I just want to get these characters together. So funny and such fun. Than you guys, for the giggles.

  • http://twitter.com/ana_paest Ana Paest

    Again, I am enjoying the eloquence of poo-based poetry.

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

      @Ana +1

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

    Both these poems made me laugh!

  • http://www.mattforrest.com Matt Forrest

    So we’re voting between yummy bathtubs and sweet waffles. Poetry never ceases to amaze. Great job, to both of you!

  • http://www.debbielacroix.com Debbie LaCroix

    Great and fun poems! LOL. :-)

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    Wow! Tough, tough decision. Love them both!

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

    Another nail biting decision. Well done!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Love the humor in both of these terrific poems.

  • http://www.allanwolf.com Allan Wolf

    Gloson, I LOVE this poem. I want to MARRY this poem. Is your poem seeing anyone?

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    Gloson, great job with your poem! You used the word well and even showed what it meant… No small feat!
    As for the runs, well…lets just say its not a pleasant bathroom experience, but it is a good way to get harmful stuff out of your system!
    I’m proud of both of us and excited to see how it turns out! Now I’m thinking about waffles with frosting….mmmmm!

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

    I had a hard time choosing – I thought the score would be closer! Maybe it will be in the end!

  • Carrie Finison

    Gloson, I LOVE the cappucino and meano rhyme! That’s inspired! And Kathy Ellen, what a hilarious mix-up. I enjoyed both of these!

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

    Ha! Another food fight…great rhyme Gloson, and there’s noting like reality poems, Kathy Ellen.

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Thank you very much guys! I appreciate the comments. I’m glad you like our poems!

    Hi Allan, thanks for your interest, but unfortunately, my poem is indeed seeing someone…your gravatar.

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Hahaha. These made me laugh. Great job, both of you. Way to bring the silly back!

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Hey guys, just for fun, I’d like to share an extra ending of my poem that I wrote that wouldn’t be able to fit up there:

    ….in exchange for your crispy, sweet waffles.”

    The peasants did smile, as they stood for a while,
    But angry and armed with a grudge,
    they promptly proceeded to do what was needed—
    SPLAT waffles on face of the judge!

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

    Gloson, you are cracking me up. Way to toss the ball back to Mr. A. Wolf up there.
    These poems are both GREAT – congrats to you two. So much cleverness!

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    I love that we both went silly…. Nice addition , Gloson! I like the peasants throwing the waffles!

  • http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com KatApel

    Gloson, your poem is excellent. Sorry we won’t see more Madness from you. It had style!

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

    Gloson, your additional lines are excellent. Great job and thank you for sharing them! I can’t wait to follow your writing career. So much talent. :)

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

    Not to take a thing away from Kathy Ellen, but I want to give Gloson a bit of spotlight here.

    Everybody should go check out Gloson’s website and his most recent book and the TRAILER for his most recent book, which is beyond explanation. He’s doing stuff at age 15 that most of us took many more years to do, or have still yet to do.

    Anyone else find it amazing how technology and creativity can bring people who are half a world away and 1-2 generations apart so close together?

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Ahehehehmmm… *deep-inhale*

    Thank you very much Ed. I appreciate the kind words. Amazing indeed. I’m thankful I’ve come across you and your wonderful poetry community. I’m lucky to be a tech-savvy poet (or a poet-savvy techie) just like you! :D

    Kathy Ellen, ’twas a fun round. I’m privileged to have had you as my foe. *shakes hand* I’ll be rooting for you and Singe Singe! All the best! I’ll write a poem that’ll get more votes than yours next year… just wait. :P

    Thank you very much Renee, Quinette, Amy, Ana, Buffy, Matt, Debbie, Penny, Catherine, Allan, Kathy Ellen, Lori, Carrie, Damon, Laura, Robyn, and Kat for the comments on our poems!

    Speaking of spotlights, to see great reads (and photos of Kathy Ellen’s sock monkey consuming liquids), visit here: http://kraftyellenwrites.com/posts/

    Bestest regards!
    Gloson “Teh” Poet
    @GlosonPoet