ROUND ONE: 5-depending vs. 12-situated

r1f1 5-depending vs 12-situated

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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:

by Jean Daigneau

I need to do my homework, but
It’s something that I hate.
My teacher won’t believe my pleas
When I explain it’s late.
Perhaps the answer might be not
To fight it, but to beat it.
Depending on how easily
I get my dog to eat it.


Assignment #1: Mastering Multitasking
by Nessa Morris

Situated in front of the class,
the instructor assumes I won’t pass.
I ask, “What should I do?”
“Multitask.” That’s my cue…
So I hiccup, achoo, and pass gas.


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5-depending vs. 12-situated

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  • Linda Baie

    I think I recognize a few students in each of these poems, much fun to read & enjoy!

  • Nessa Morris

    Too funny that both of us picked school assignments for our subjects. Great poem, Jean!

  • Quinette Cook

    Both poems made me laugh. Who hasn’t wished the dog ate their homework? And Nessa, you had to take it there didn’t you?!

  • Carrie Finison

    I’m curious to see the classroom vote on this one. I think it will be a tough choice!

  • Donna Smith

    Why are the poems reversed in order from the voting. I almost voted wrong!

    • Ed DeCaria

      I’m trying to address that. I had them set to random order on purpose but I see myself that that is a problem. It is also disorienting to vote and then see the results in different order than when you voted. Unfortunately, if I change the master template, my polling solution will reset other settings for existing polls. But I might bite the bullet and make that change, even though it will cause some degree of hysteria on the public vote while it’s happening.

      • Nessa Morris

        Yes, please make the change. I think I may have voted wrong on one match-up. Oops.

        • Gloson

          Yes, on one matchup, I have voted the authlete vote correctly, but the public vote wrongly. x(

      • Donna Smith

        It switched. I had to leave and try to come back. Still can’t vote. I am getting the message with a big orange triangle saying
        : “Oops! You are here by mistake. Accessing the content by IP address
        is not allowed. Please type domain name instead.” I can try to use another browser, but Firefox is the one I’ve always used. And I can get this far on it. Do you know what’s happening?

  • Dave Crawley

    These poets did their homework. Both poems are a gas…

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    I love that you both chose the same theme! Fun. Great job poets!

    • Damon Dean

      It’s so intriguing that the same-theme-thing happens so often in this competition…that happened a lot last year!

  • Gloson

    Hmmm… Nessa, this has the same meter as “Thief”, which you wrote last year. You love limericks, don’t you. Your punch lines that never fail to amuse.

    Jean, you manage to make me laugh and bring a new twist, in spite of the fact I read a lot of poems concerning homework and dogs.

    • Nessa Morris

      I do love limericks. They’re my fall back when I’m not sure what else to do, and I haven’t been doing much writing of any kind lately due to family issues. I actually wasn’t sure I was going to participate this year. I’m kind of glad I got eliminated early, so now I can just enjoy everyone else’s poetry. All the fun and no stress :)

      • Gloson

        Haha. Limericks are great! I should write more of those sometime. Hope your family issues are resolved fast. Yep, this aint called “kids’ poetry under pressure” for nothin’. ;)

  • Donna Smith

    Were you both writing about the same student?

  • Damon Dean

    Haha! Nessa, as a teacher I never assumed the worst, but I’ve had 5th grade multi-taskers just like that before. Great poem. And Jean, yes, there’s always hope that a hungry dog will help you out. Loved that last-resort line in your poem. Difficult choice. And like Donna says, sounds like the same kid you were both writing about.

  • Mother Streusel

    So funny!!! Good luck to both of you!

  • Buffy Silverman

    It looks like Jean and Nessa have been hanging out in the same classroom! Both poems are lots of fun!

  • Catherine

    These are both hilarious! Great job ladies!

  • Jean Daigneau

    Nessa, great poem. And I can tell you that you must know my middle son Ben :O)!

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    Love that school is at the heart of both of these!

  • Mother Streusel

    Congratulations Jean for winning! And congratulations to you, too, Nessa on a great poem!