ROUND ONE: 5-supple vs. 12-equivocations


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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
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Here are the poems:

5-supple
Twisted
By Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Bo and Bryn were tall and thin
and couldn’t bend at all.

They tried each day to twist and fold
but mostly they’d just fall.

They lived in a peculiar town
called Gumby-licious Cliffs

where everyone referred to them
as “just a bunch of stiffs”.

Then Bryn discovered Yoga.
“Bo, let’s be a bendy couple!”

They twisted, twirled and curled until
their muscles all were supple.

One day they got stuck. How to get out?
They’d both forgot.

So now they live forever
in a perfect double knot.

vs.

12-equivocations
Beware the Gentle Beast
By Gayle C. Krause

He’s not the crustacean singing ‘under the sea,’
or one of the Dalmatians barking up the wrong tree.
But the explanations for his words of deceit
are glib equivocations to mislead the young, sweet
girl, who travels through fairy tale wood,
dressed in a cloak with a red velvet hood.
He wolfs down her grandmother, along with the cake.
His predation overrides his agenda, that’s fake.

 




5-supple vs. 12-equivocations: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 5-supple (Tiffany Strelitz Haber) (66%, 113 Votes)
  • 12-equivocations (Gayle C. Krause) (34%, 59 Votes)

Total Voters: 172

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  • http://www.lizsteinglass.com/ Liz

    Equivocations? Yikes! Sounds like a 16 to me.

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

    Poetry=supple equivocations.

  • http://www.AlisonHertz.com Alison Hertz

    Good luck, Tiffany!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    What Mary Lee said! Best of luck and inspiration to each of you.

  • http://www.itsrhymetime.com Tiffany Strelitz

    Thanks! I’m gonna need all the luck I can get, I think!

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Man, this is a really tough choice. I gotta read a few more times before voting.

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

    A bunch of stiffs vs. an equivocating beast – what a choice! Great job with both words, ladies! I’m with Gloson – gotta read a few more times…

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

    Sometimes coming up with the title is harder than writing the poem. Has anyone else noticed that? These were both well done.

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

    Smiling over here! Yoga forever entwined….and that sweet killer. So tough!

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

    Tiffany you know a lot of wacky towns! Brilliant poem, as ever. Go all the way baby!!

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

    What a sweet, supple ending Tiffany! And I love your equivocating character, Gayle.

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

    I enjoyed every line from Gumby-licious to Red Riding Hood! Nice work!

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

    Tiffany that is like a new Disney movie, great job! Love the Red Riding Hood tale too.

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

    Both of these were great!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Fun! I love the story of Tiffany’s and the denseness/compactness of Gayle’s!

  • http://www.dianamurray.com DianaM

    These are both fabulous!