ROUND ONE: 5-dismissal vs. 12-tincture


The word 5-dismissal was suggested by Iroquois Intermediate’s thinkers, readers, and writers.

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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:

5-dismissal
So I Married A Black Widow Spider
by Stephen W. Cahill

Appeals from my friends, I admit, I dismissed.
They cried, “She’s the wrong girl for you!”
But once she had kissed me, I couldn’t resist.
My friends were distraught, “Boo-hoo-hoo!”

But listen, dismissal of friendly concern
can often work out for the best.
I’m deeply in love. I’m like hand, she’s like glove.
Plus cockroach is tough to digest…

vs.

12-tincture
The Seasoning of Spring
by Donna Smith

A few drops of rain,
A smidgen of mud,
A zest of blue sky,
A sprinkle of buds,
A scattering of peepers,
A pinch of the sun,
A tincture of warmth,
Spring seasoning’s done!

 




5-dismissal vs. 12-tincture: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 5-dismissal (Stephen W. Cahill) (43%, 103 Votes)
  • 12-tincture (Donna Smith) (57%, 135 Votes)

Total Voters: 238

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  • http://canofbookworms.com Nessa Morris

    So glad I’m not up against Stephen in the first round this year. I was last year, and it was nerve-wracking.

    Good luck, Donna. Give him a dismissal! You can do it!

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

    A tincture of magic words might just be the thing, but I agree with Nessa. I’m glad I’m not facing Stephen in the first round.

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

    Thanks, Nessa and Quinette! I have two poems for tincture right now, working on a third. Then I’m going to vote on the one I like best…
    Eeny, meeny, miney, moem, which of these is my best poem?
    Out goes y-o-u-em, Stephen.
    Well, that’s my plan anyway…

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

    No matter what, as long as we’re all having fun, it’s good!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Hahaha! Have a great time with this, both of you, whether you get knocked out in first round or not. It’s all about spreading some poetry love and fun!

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

    All eyes will be on this matchup. Will Donna unseat the reigning champ? Will Stephen cling to his crown? Stay tuned!

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

    Well, here we go! I’ve already had a good portion…more than a tincture even… of fun!

  • http://www.ericode.com Eric Ode

    Tough, tough, tough, tough decision this! Well done, both.

  • Elizabeth Brahy

    Such a hard choice! Both are great in different ways.

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

    Well done on both sides, but Donna had me at the title. Choices must be made! :)

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

    I agree, this was a hard decision.
    Eeww to cockroaches, Stephen, but way to get rid of them.
    And Donna, I can’t wait for Spring (we still have more than a foot of snow on the ground)!

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

    Such sweet surprises to find in the morning. Congrats to both poets. I got a laugh and a bit of hope (Listen, Spring!) from these.

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

    I would love to vote for both of these! Thanks for the black widow giggles of the seasonings of spring!

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

    The spider one is full of fun surprises and the nature one uses tincture in word and style, very cute. Well done both of you.

  • http://www.debbielacroix.com Debbie LaCroix

    Wow! Two great poems. Good luck. :-D

  • http://www.thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Melinda Harvey

    I love “I’m like hand, She’s like glove!” That could inspire a poem in itself!

  • angie breault

    Great job to both of you! Very different from each other, but both very well written. These are the toughest kinds of decisions to make in this tournament. Good luck to you both! :)

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

    Wow! You should both advance. Nice work!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Great job on both of these poems, poets!

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

    Good job to Stephen and Donna both. This may be the closest match-up in PMM history.

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

    Both of these were great – hard choice!

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

    Steven, love that cockroach!
    Donna, love your verbs!

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

    So hard to choose! Steven had me at his title, and then I slipped into Donna’s lyrical and playful spring magic…

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

    Oops! Stephen. Forgive the v.

  • Hallee Adelman

    One zany, one lovely. Stephen, your wild and wacky rhymes make me laugh! Kudos to you both for just writing!

  • Patricia Nozell

    Such interesting takes on such interesting words. Think this one will end up neck-in-neck.

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

    excellent use of metaphor, Donna! Stephen, very funny! Hmmmm, tough choice

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Clever vs. beautiful. Oh, gosh. These are some hard choices, y’all!

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

    Robyn, sure you can call me Mary if you like!!

  • http://tanitasdavis.com tanita

    I’m cracking up at the cockroach, but the perfection of the dish of Spring is wonderful as well…argh!!

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

    Sorry for any confusion; this poll closes at 2:20pm Central.

  • Janet F.

    I have enjoyed re-reading these two for entirely different reasons! Clamoring for spring and definitely drawn in by the friends commenting on mate selection. Have a son for whom I pray that he does not select a black widow. And it’s snowing today. What more can I say. Good luck to you both in the final hour or so.

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

    This was a great race, Stephen! I stopped looking at the results for the past 4 hours as I drove home from northern Maine…but never stopped thinking about how you were right there, running up the score! Got home for the last 4 minute count down. Great, great race!

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

    And thank you, everyone, for your votes and kind comments throughout this. Hope spring comes through for us now!

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

    Congratulations Donna! Go all the way! :-)