ROUND ONE: 4-chagrin vs. 13-liquefaction


The word 13-liquefaction was suggested by Miss Wilde’s 6th grade English class.

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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
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  • Subtle elements that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
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Here are the poems:

4-chagrin
Dung Beetle’s Ditty: A Scarab Scatalog
By Buffy Silverman

Zebra poo, dingo doo! As scents float in, I grin.
“Meadow muffins! Yakky Pies!” I croon without chagrin.
I pat a splat, I carve and cleave, then back my ball away.
I shovel down, below the ground, and roll this dung entrée.

My mate awaits; she clambers up atop my treasured sphere,
accepts my gift and lays an egg beneath her lovely rear.
Our little grub will hatch and squirm; he’ll find a feast to eat:
Leopard doo, monkey poo, a tasty grubby treat.

vs.

13-liquefaction
a foggy lesson
By Ana Paest

our science teacher taught us liquefaction
our project was to demonstrate the action
of how liquids come from gasses,
so i chilled and wore my glasses
into class–but now i can’t see her reaction!

 




4-chagrin vs. 13-liquefaction

  • 4-chagrin (Buffy Silverman) (82%, 135 Votes)
  • 13-liquefaction (Ana Paest) (18%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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  • Ana Paest

    Submitted! I like to shoot first.

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

    She (he) is NOT joking!

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

    When as in silks my Julia goes . . . and etc.

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

    Hannah aka Miss Wilde,
    Please thank your class for liquefaction…a delightful word for Ana Paest. Hope you had fun with dilatory.

  • Ana Paest

    I also would like to thank Miss Wilde and her class for such a fun word.

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

    Well I’m not sure what to think of these two words, but that’s the great thing about this competition. Soon I’ll get to see what Buffy and Ana did with them.

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

    I am laughing out loud, Buffy! What a fabulous job! Nice job on liquefaction, Ana!

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    These are both hysterical!

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

    It’s comedy night! But Buffy had be at “pat a splat” – ha!

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

    Well, poop. As many an authlete before me… I am about to be bested by a poem of this regard. :)

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

    How can you top a poem that’s all about poop. (That’s playing dirty, Buffy!)

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Well, yes–we all like poop, but what we also like is learning something we didn’t know from a character who knows whereof he eats! I like this science matchup!

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

    This is my favorite insect so far this round, followed closely by the bees and the cockroach!

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

    Science class! How IS it that these matchups really match sometimes??

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Liquefaction was my class’s word submission! How fun to see this match-up!!!! Thank you both!!!

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    Such a funny, ‘scatological’ poem, Buffy! Nice job on liquefaction, Ana!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    I love funny nonfiction poems. These are awesome!

  • Marcus Ewert

    Dainty li’l ol’ me is usually too squeamish to appreciate the gross.
    But Dung Beatle’s Ditty wrapped it all up in SCIENCE (and great euphony!) – and I learned a lot! (Before reading this, I knew that dung beetles rolled balls of dung, sure – but I couldn’t have told you WHY they engaged in such an outré activity.)

    Long story short: consider me a new convert to Team Gross.

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

    Thanks Marcus–and thanks for teaching me the word euphony (shh! don’t use that word around Ed. Who knows where we might see it again.)

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

      @Buffy I heard that.

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

    Thanks to all for the supportive comments–much appreciated.
    Glad to see we both took the humorous science route, Ana Paest. I enjoyed your liquefaction a lot!

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

    These are fantastic – Medals on both of your lab coats, I say! (Buffy, I couldn’t even get past your title before cracking up.)