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- How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word, given its level of difficulty.
- Whether or not the poem adheres to the poem requirements for the contest.
- Precision: structure, meter, rhyme, syntax, etc.
- Personality: creative imagery, language, metaphor, etc.
- Power: makes you laugh, cry, want, sigh, think, dream, wince, scream, etc.
- Plus One: it is a poem you feel drawn to share with another person for whatever reason.
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Here are the poems:
5-plainclothes what does it mean?
LEAFY SEA DRAGONS – A WISE DISGUISE
By Lill Pluta
Lacy, drifting dragons, deft underwater spies,
dressed in fairy seaweed, a shrewd plainclothes disguise.
Through forests of kelp ribbons, past craggy slabs of stone,
these creatures, named for legends, discreetly glide alone.
They fade when danger threatens; their meals can’t swim away.
Fine leafy costumes cloak them from predator and prey.
4-sandwiched what does it mean?
Three Dog Night
By Buffy Silverman
A gusting windstorm slammed the door as snow swirled overhead.
The frosty breezes froze my toes and followed me to bed.
I lay there sandwiched by my pups: Bella, Bear, and Bree,
and snuggled in their furry warmth till sleep washed over me.
Someone bellowed! Someone cried! A squeak! A bleat! A moan….
Who was hooting, wailing, whooping? I blinked and heard a groan.
I found no owl, no fox or moose—no wild menagerie.
‘Twas just the roaring, snoring snorts of Bella, Bear, and Bree.