ROUND ONE: 6-accessory vs. 11-volition

r1f2 6-accessory vs. 11-volition

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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
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Here are the poems:

The Great Cookie Caper
by Angie Kidd

I developed the most perfect plan; it really was infallible.
I set my sister up to sneak us cookies—Oh how saleable!
When she got in trouble, I hid out on the double
eating cookies all the while as she awaited parental trial.
But the part that makes me pout is when my sister ratted me out.
I refused to plead guilty—not a single cookie crumb on me.
But then my mom accused me of being an accessory.
She sent us to bed without amnesty. Why ME?


The Sad Musician
by Ryan Stockton

The sad musician’s disposition
Sprang from a lost competition
So he tore his composition.
But each tear brought sweet renditions
Of the paper’s own volition!
What to call this torn condition
Making musical emissions?
Music through decomposition


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  • Samuel Kent

    I can sympathize with wanting to rip up work. Kill your darlings, as they say, though sometimes not of your own volition.

    Also, I want a cookie.

    Good work, both of you!

  • deborahhwilliams

    The idea of the tearing paper creating music–marvelous!

  • Quinette Cook

    Equally challenging words. The emotions provoked by each poem are so different.

  • Mother Streusel

    These are both great. I love the fun and unique rhyming patterns of Angie’s and the way all the rhyming words are all so elegant in Ryan’s.

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    A cookie crime made me laugh.
    And all the “-itions” were fun to say.
    Great work!

  • Damon Dean

    Criminal minds abound everywhere, Angie. My little sister was my little brother’s accessory in many a caper. Loved this. And the willing decomposition made me smile, Ryan. Great poems.

  • Gloson

    I’m a sucker for musical puns. How clef-er of you!
    Great job too, Angie. That kid was certainly a bad lyre.

    • Ryan Stockton

      Oy. Well played Gloson. Well played.

      • Gloson

        Congrats on dominating the authlete vote. That was A MAJOR victory!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Nice Ryan! Very creative.

    • Ryan Stockton

      Thank you Bonnie! :-)

  • Quinette Cook

    Ugh, I can’t see who won the public vote!