ROUND ONE: 4-layered vs. 13-wassailing


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  • 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:

4-layered
A Spring Layer
by Linda Boyden

No more snow; no more cold.
Time for sun; Spring has sprung!
Done with boots and old snow suits.
Flip flops ready, time for sweaty!

Wait. What? Oops, forgot:
sunscreen slathered, lacquered, layered,
face-nose-elbows-toes,
covered thick so off I go!

vs.

13-wassailing
The Waffle of Westburger Lane
by Angie Breault

The wassailing waffle of Westburger Lane, was trying to assemble a choir.
“We’ll give children joy,” he said to the match, who replied, “I already give fire.”
“We’ll make melodies,” he said to the oven, who answered, “I’m making a roast.”
“We’ll show off our skills,” he said to the speakers, who told him, “I don’t like to boast.”
“We’ll carry a tune,” he said to the basket, who countered, “I carry fresh bread.”
“We’ll burst into song,” he said to the baby, who burst into tears then instead.
The wassailing waffle of Westburger Lane found a plate and acquired a seat.
“If I can’t be a tenor,” he said to himself, “then at least I’ll be something to eat.”

 




4-layered vs. 13-wassailing: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 4-layered (Linda Boyden) (40%, 115 Votes)
  • 13-wassailing (Angie Breault) (60%, 175 Votes)

Total Voters: 290

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

    Wassailing? Really, Ed? Yikes. Good luck ladies.

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

    I don’t actually think wassailing is that hard. It’s a silly word that I think grabs kids attention in positive way, and even though the definition involves alcohol, it seems one could come up with ways to work with that, or work around it altogether. All the same … good luck, Angie!

  • http://kraftyellenwrites.com Kathy Ellen Davis

    Layered makes me think of hair…maybe because mine is so thick the only way to save it is to have it layered! These words will produce some fun poems, I KNOW IT!

  • Carrie Finison

    I personally am very much looking forward to wassailing. Also, to reading a poem with the word ‘wassailing’ in it.

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

    I’m hoping for a serving of cake and punch here!!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Wouldn’t it be lovely if all poems featuring a food or beverage word could actually be served out of the computer accompanied by that food? Unless haggis is one of the words.

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

    sent my poem two seconds ago. Ooh, the fun!

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

    Haha, Laura! Just had a mental image of haggis oozing out of my computer. Ew.

    I go wassailing every time I have a ha’penny, so I’m looking forward to that one!

  • angie breault

    I took it as Christmas caroling which is an alternate definition. :) Does anyone know how or when we vote?

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

    Best of luck, Angie! Can’t wait to see what you did with it.

  • angie breault

    Thanks Linda. Good luck to you too! :)

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna

    This is going to be an interesting match. Hope we get to read them soon! Your poem will show up on this page with the buttons to select your favorite, Angie.

  • angie breault

    Thanks, in the meantime I’m enjoying reading up on all the other poets and their words. :)

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

    It’s close on this one, close I say! Linda’s sweet poem for younger kids or Angie’s wacky wassailing waffle? Why are you doing this to us?!

  • http://www.stephenwcahill.com Stephen W cahill

    From the sublime to the ridiculous. It’s the latter for me. Lovely work Angie. I never expected such self-sacrifice from a processed potato!

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

    Another spring poem to melt my heart. Can’t wait to slather… butter on a stack of waffles… What a wacky, wonderful, whimsical way to think about breakfast. I gotta go, I’m hungry.

  • http://thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Mrs. Harvey

    Tough choice, athletes! I love the visualization in both!

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

    I am ready for spring, ready for waffles, ready to not suffer so with these decisions. A curtsy to both poets here!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Love your seamless meter, Angie–and the humor!

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

    Lots of fun in both of these. The wassailing waffle made me laugh!

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

    Great use of humour, ladies!

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

    You both had me at the titles and it was one of my hardest decisions! Wonderful!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    These are both so different and so good. Oh it’s gonna be hard to vote. Well done!

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

    I really wanted to vote for both of them.

  • http://www.animalhero.com Dave Crawley

    A nailbiter!

  • angie breault

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone. :) This is a nail biter isn’t it?!

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

    Angie, it has been a real nail biter! You took the most delicious word and ran with it!! Well done. Wish we both could win but that would defeat the purpose. Fun competing with you.
    Big thanks to everyone who has commented. We are lucky to have such a fine poetry circle.

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

    Another close pair – great job!

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

    Fun with sunscreen and waffles…who could have guessed?!?

  • angie breault

    Thanks Linda, this has been so much fun! I’m in the madness for the duration, even if I don’t make it to the next round. It’s so much fun reading everyone’s poems and being a part of the voting. You have a beautiful style. I can’t wait to see if Ed really puts a poem book together from the tournament. That would definitely be a must have. Good luck with the rest of the tournament. :)

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

      Did you say something about a book?

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

    Oh – another close, close call! Congrats to both poets. Must say that’s an original, spunky waffle there – love that last line.

  • Patricia Nozell

    Another tough choice – such interesting topic choices for each word.

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

    loved what you did with the wassailing waffle, Angie! and a lovely springtime poem, Linda. Tough choice.

  • angie breault

    Yes Ed, I did. :) The Kickstarter project looks amazing! I hope all the support is raised so that the project can reach it’s fullest potential. Great ideas! Let the transmogrification begin!

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

    Sorry for any confusion; this poll ends at 2:30pm Central.

  • Janet F.

    I second B.J. Lee!!!! Love your meter and story, Angie and Linda your poem about the gaiety of spring hits home. It would feel so good right now. Good luck to you both.

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

    Congratulations to you, Angie! A splendid competition!!

  • Scott B

    Both of you did an amazing job!

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna

    Congratulations, Angie! And Linda, well played! We’re all winners here!

  • Angie Breault

    Thanks Linda, it’s been fun! Great job and I look forward to seeing more of you around 12×12!

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

    Thanks, everyone. It was so much fun, from the word prompt; the thinking of the concept; the playing with words; then cussing them out; and at last watching them slip together just right!
    Now I get to kick back and watch the madness grow!! Good luck to all. My poms poms will be cheering you on.