ROUND ONE: 4-liability vs. 13-vendetta


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Here are the poems:

4-liability
Fall Guy
By Callie C. Miller

My brother lacks all culpability,
Which makes him my worst liability.
But Mom thinks he pounded
the cookies–he’s grounded!
All thanks to my (burp!) sly ability.

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13-vendetta
To My 2nd Period English Teacher
By Greg Pincus

My dog has it in for me badly.
I swear he’s the worst cur on earth.
I wish I could get away from the vendetta
He’s had against me since my birth.
Instead, he finds new ways to hound me.
My days are spent shaking with fear!
And he is why actually, truly and factually,
None of my homework is here.

 




4-liability vs. 13-vendetta

  • 4-liability (Callie C. Miller) (62%, 204 Votes)
  • 13-vendetta (Greg Pincus) (38%, 123 Votes)

Total Voters: 327

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  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Why does it make me laugh to think of Greg with the word vendetta? Good luck to both of you.

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

    Because he’s such a nice guy, Susan. Good luck “authletes.” I look forward to seeing these poems.

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

    Both of these made me laugh–very nice!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Well done. I’m giggling too much to make up my mind at the moment. Will have to come back to reread and vote.

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Love the fact these both have to do with culpability & excuses!

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

    I’m a sucker for dogs. I love the way Greg used doggy words throughout his poem.
    Callie, I’m guessing you have a brother?

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

    No fair, Callie; knocking Pincus out in the first round. Who am I gonna talk smack to? No offense, but your name is not nearly as fun to rhyme in rude ways.

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

    Homework Shmomework Greg – you’d get an A+ for your poem! And Callie yours is brilliant too. And now, to vote….What the heck, Greg you’re doing as badly as I am! Come on peeps, get voting!

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

    Callie — love the word play!
    Greg — funny as ever!

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

    I, too, am laughing at the similar theme here. Swell matchup!!

  • http://gottabook.blogspot.com Greg Pincus

    You don’t need March Madness to talk smack to me. Just random comments at my blog or on Facebook work equally well. Or, ya know, just run up to me on the street…. However, should I fall to Callie’s excellent verse, I believe you should talk smack to her just the same. But that’s me.

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

    What Mary said :)

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

    loved your hyper-metric limerick, Callie!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Ha!

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

    These are great – we should be able to vote for them both since they have the same theme handled so expertly, right?!

  • Savage Henry

    There once was a girl named Callie
    I think shes from the Arizona valley
    for her poem I did vote
    so I will write her this note
    and hope that she wins this thing soundly.

  • Callie Miller

    I do, indeed, have an older brother! Strangely enough he inspires a lot of my poetry. I imagine he would have liked to pull the stunt my poem mentions on me because he was always in trouble when we were growing up.

  • Callie Miller

    And I agree with Greg. I can hold my own when it comes to smack talk just fine, Mr. Wolf, thank you very much!