ROUND TWO: 6-finagle vs. 14-pragmatic


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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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  • 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:

6-finagle
Wee Mischief
By Cheryl Lawton Malone

I chased a laughing leprechaun,
across a tater field
and caught him with a pot of coins
whose sheen he tried to shield.
He said, “You’ll not finagle me,
though humans always try.
My gold will bring you sorrow when
the tax man wanders by.”

vs.

14-pragmatic
The Architects
By Lissa Clouser

The linen closet’s emptied, all its contents have been used;
the snacks of juice and cookies we have ardently refused.
The architects are busy, and the fort is not yet done;
there is no time for games and sweets until the battle’s won.
The pillows still need stacking, the schematic calls for more,
and victory we must achieve in this pragmatic* war.
Quick! Get behind the blankets and sound out the warrior’s drum!
We must defend the living room for here the siblings come…

 
*of or pertaining to the affairs of state or community

 




6-finagle vs. 14-pragmatic: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 6-finagle (Cheryl Lawton Malone) (60%, 225 Votes)
  • 14-pragmatic (Lissa Clouser) (40%, 153 Votes)

Total Voters: 376

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

    Short with a lilt…Did someone have a bit o green beer this weekend, hmmm Cheryl? Or are you thinking tax season. :)
    Definite blueprint to your poem Lissa. We built our forts under the kitchen table or out of the sofa cushions with lots of blankets. Nice job ladies.

  • Narina

    liked them both, but The Architect has stolen my heart! Great job!

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

    Both of these gave me a good chuckle at the end…really fun! Hard to vote! Gee!

  • http://canofbookworms.com Nessa

    Love these both! So hard to choose…

  • http://www.debbielacroix.com Debbie LaCroix

    Another tough race! With fun endings. :-)

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

    Loved that leprechaun’s language! And those architects brought me back to my kids’ fort years. Nicely don.

  • http://www.animalhero.com Dave Crawley

    Leprechauns and Pillow Forts. Love it!

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Two tough words. Great job, both of you. Lissa, your poem took me back to Saturday mornings with my younger brothers.

  • Denise Prefontaine

    Both delightful ! Cheryl, yours particularly timely….not only just following a Boston St Paddy’s Day, but I had the pleasure of reading just as I left my accountant. It really gave me a good chuckle ! I smiled and felt warm with memories of my childhood and that of my son’s, loved the cozy creative forts ! Both so enjoyable :))

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

    Yes, these cause smiles for different reasons! Well done, both. (I also like this odd seasonal combination of leprachauns and tax time…)

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Love the way you guys used voice and topic to influence word choice. Very Irish sounding in Wee Mischief, especially “He said, “You’ll not finagle me,…” And very official and war-machine sounding in The Architects, especially “The pillows still need stacking, the schematic calls for more,
    and victory we must achieve in this pragmatic* war.”

    Nice job, both of you!

  • Cheryl Lawton Malone

    Thanks everyone! Appreciate your time and input

  • Vivien lombardo

    Being an Irish gal I obviously love the tale of the
    Leprechaun. Funny, good prose, age appropriate, yet
    Fun for the adults!!!
    Great job! Good luck!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Oh what fun in furniture forts!
    And I’m just about finished with my taxes on my own pot-o-gold!
    Both were great poems.