ROUND TWO: 5-exempt vs. 13-epicenter

r2f1 5-exempt vs. 13-epicenter

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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:

To Box or Not to Box
by Jean Daigneau

My little brother likes to fight.
To me it just does not seem right.
He’s challenged me to have a duel;
He says it’s fun, but I’m no fool.

I fear I must exempt myself
And put the gloves back on the shelf.
My gut says it’s the thing to do.
I’m 3 feet 4; he’s 5 feet 2.


Too Slow
by Bonnie Bailey

The epicenter of an earthquake
Is a shaky place to be –
But the epicenter of a Tootsie Pop
Means just one more lick for me!

But with the way the earth is quakin’
I may never taste the chocolatey dough –
Every time my tongue comes close
That pop bounces and snickers, “Too slow!”


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  • Damon Dean

    Great poems! Love the ‘little’ brother, Jean! Bonnie, your earthquake pop is cute to the core! Delightful entries.

    • Bonnie Bailey

      Yeah boy it would stink to have a little brother that big!

  • Mother Streusel

    Excellent work. Wow!!! Round two is no joke!!

  • Buffy Silverman

    I fell for your surprise “little” brother, Jean. And I enjoyed your two different epicenters, Bonnie.

  • Elizabeth McBride

    Jean, the ‘little’ brother will ring true for many kids! And Bonnie, the epicenter of the Tootsie Pop is truly the most important part! Such great ideas and variety! Great match!

    • Mother Streusel

      Ha ha, no kidding! I’m 5’2″ and my “little” brother is 6’1″.

  • Quinette Cook

    how many licks to the center of a tootsie pop? does Bonnie know?
    Jean, I was surprised that the sister was “little” and the brother was “big”

  • Samuel Kent

    Clever and funny, both of you. And we all know the answer to the tootsie pop questio, per the owl is, “One, a-two-who, three.”

  • BJ Lee

    Jean – great turn-a-round. Bonnie – love how you used “Snickers” in there as well!

  • Ed DeCaria

    Who doesn’t love surprise endings? Wait, nevermind, don’t answer that. Jean — congratulations to you, I’m sure that was nerve-wracking. And Bonnie — thank you. So great to meet you during this year’s competition. You had a couple of crazy matchups results-wise — hopefully the madness didn’t scar you and you’ll be ready to go again next year!

    • Mother Streusel

      Wow! Great job on both poems! Congratulations Jean! Great job, Buffy. Buffy, I am so glad I got to meet you through this. You are really cool!

  • Ldegman

    Congrats, Jean! Good luck in round 3!

  • Jean Daigneau

    Loved the visual with the Tootsie Pop and the epicenter, Bonnie. Nice job.

  • Damon Dean

    Congrats Jean! Cheering! Bonnie, great work! More fun coming, grab a sweat towel and keep watching the games.