ROUND ONE: 5-puttering vs. 12-sophisticate


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Here are the poems:

5-puttering
Say The Ducks
By April Halprin Wayland

The man on the bank of our beautiful pond—
why is he punching his fist at the sky?

The skater with headphones who’s singing out loud—
is she missing our quacking as she whooshes by?

The girl asking questions while wild wings are fluttering
could soak up so much if she opened her eyes.

Enough with your what-tering and all that tut-tut-tuttering!
Come sit by the pond for a lesson in puttering.

vs.

12-sophisticate
SophistiCat
By Deborah Holt Williams

To sophisticate is to alter,
To adulterate or change.
I’d like to sophisticate Walter,
or at least get rid of his mange.

 




5-puttering vs. 12-sophisticate

  • 5-puttering (April Halprin Wayland) (63%, 147 Votes)
  • 12-sophisticate (Deborah Holt Williams) (37%, 85 Votes)

Total Voters: 232

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

    Puttering is such a fun word. I don’t no’ bout sophisticate, tho.

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

    I’m puttering and don’t feel like a sophisticate as I try to make this decision!

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

    Another one where I’d like to vote for both. As a putterer, I’m torn between those wonderful sentiments and the humor of that mangy cat (and boy do I love your title!)

  • http://deborahholtwilliams.blogspot.com Deborah Holt Williams

    Thank you, Buffy! I must give credit to my 6th grade grandson for the title.

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

    An influx of ducks I say! But who doesn’t love a cat named Walter? (Buffy, I like the title too!)

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Ooh, a tough choice! Nice work, ladies.

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

    Good advice from your ducks, April! Love the word play!

    Poor Walter. He needs a meet-up with all the other cats in this first round!!

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

    These are some good animals in this match-up. I am happily settled right on this quirky quacky mange-y page.

  • Carrie Finison

    Cannot choose!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Love the animal poems. Especially love your wild wings fluttering line, April, and your last line, Deborah!

  • http://julielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    Enjoyed both poems. I think “SophistiCat” is the best title of the entire tournament, especially the way it kind of teases and scratches and bats around that difficult 12-seed word, “sophisticate.”

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

    Yes, three cheers for that wonderful title – SophistiCat! April, your “what-ering” and the authoritarian air of those ducks is delightful (not to mention the rollicking rhythm). Well done, both!