ROUND ONE: 4-slough vs. 13-galvanize

r1f2 4-slough vs. 13-galvanize

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Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • 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:

Field Trip to the Museum
by Debbie LaCroix

I look at Lee. Lee looks at me.
“I’ll race you to the top of that cardboard tree.”
“You’re on,” he says. “I’m much too fast!”
“You think?” I say. “Nope, you won’t last.”

I slough my coat and climb the trunk.
Then snap, I hold a jagged hunk.

We sway, we swoon, the class goes scram.
And now we’re banned… from that museum.


The Galvanator
by J. J. Close

The Terminator has a cousin, twice removed and not related,
who is clearly more superior with powers underrated.
With galvanizing muscles and a galvanizing grin,
he can galvanize a coat of carbonate upon your skin!
With zinc infused to molecules of oxygen and air,
this galvanizing power keeps you perfect and in care.
I tell you, friend, this process is complete and total must,
for without it, we’d be worse for wear… and all of us would rust!


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  • Linda Baie

    Both seem like hard words and both of you wrote spectacular stories with them. Well done!

  • Catherine

    Both of these paint such fun pictures.

  • Quinette Cook

    One takes it off while the other puts it on.

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    JJ showed up with a great poem! :-) Great job!

  • Damon Dean

    Debbie, having herded 5th graders thru exhibits, this scenario resonated with me.
    JJ, you brought it on bud! I can see my new superhero now…and one that resonates with old rusty guys like me. (Does he make housecalls?)

    • Debbie B. LaCroix

      LOL Damon! I am on the board for a new Children’s Museum in my home town. We are getting ready to break ground this summer. So it’s on my mind. :-) I can so see a couple of kids doing that though. Plus I had the book “Chick a Chick a Boom Boom” in my head.

  • Mother Streusel

    AWESOME!!!! Phenomenal work, you two!

  • julie krantz

    Excellent match-up–good luck to both of you!

  • Anonymous

    My vote doesn’t seem to be registering. :( I tried to vote, but when I submit the vote, the page just refreshes. Is this happening for anyone else? Thanks!

    • Josh

      Same things happened to me for other matchups… can’t vote on them at all it seems. I click the vote button and the page refreshes. I don’t think it’s picking up my vote.
      Anyway, great poem Debbie! I’d wish you luck, but you’re my competitor – so I can’t really do that, as that would counter all luck I’ve wished upon myself.

      • Debbie B. LaCroix

        LOL Josh! Now I know your name. ;-) You wrote a great poem! I’m very impressed. I am proud to compete with you.

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    Congrats Josh!!! Well played. Good luck in the next round!

    • Josh

      Thank you Debbie! May we meet again someday.