ROUND THREE: 6-flagrant vs. 15-nomenclature

r3 6-flagrant vs. 15-nomenclature

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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:

6-flagrant
The Kings of the Caterpillar Class
by Buffy Silverman

Today’s the start of Inchworm School. Ms. Mothstein reads the rules:
No showing off! No gaudy clothes! Always hide and cower!
Every day wear camouflage: a stick, a leaf, or flower.

We learn to slip away on silk. We never drop our guard.
Ms. Mothstein teaches safety tricks then leads us to the yard
where two new students wait for her. They’re creeping in plain sight.

They do not hide or dive or flee while crows and jays alight.
We stare in awe. We’ve never seen such stripy, curvy crawlers.
They’re dressed in black and white and yellow—bold, majestic colors.

Ms. Mothstein gasps! She shakes a wing in disbelief and glowers.
You are not dressed like sticks or leaves. You don’t resemble flowers!
Your flagrant disregard of rules will not be tolerated!

The monarchs laugh and munch their lunch. We’ll eat until we’re sated.
No bird will bother bitter-pillars, so stop your silly fussle.

And then a crow comes flapping by. No one moves a muscle.
We hear a snap! and then she’s gone: Ms. Mothstein lost the tussle.

vs.

15-nomenclature
Boy-Crazious
by Karyn Linnell

The girls in my class are obsessed with boys. I don’t see the appeal.
They gush over their crushes. They giggle, squeak and squeal.

I wondered why the other girls find boys so hard to resist.
I decided to study the boys in my class, much like a scientist.

With scientific nomenclature, I classified each male student.
It was all organized in my notebook. My work was thorough and prudent.

I observed that Howard enjoyed pranks and jokes. Clearly a Class-icus Clown.
Joe was Acrobat-us Gymnas-ius. He loved hanging upside down.

Roger and Paul were Athletic-us Sport-icus. John was Good-eus Grade-ius.
Devon was Chick-eus Magnet-us (based on the girls in his radius.)

I was pleased my excellent research was proceeding as expected.
But then to my confusion, an error was detected.

My pencil must have malfunctioned when trying to label Gabe.
First it wrote Hot-tius Max-imus, and then it wrote Total-us Babe.

It appears my data’s been compromised, and so without apology,
I’m changing my field of study to Obtain-eous Boyfriend-ology.

 


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  • Ryan Stockton

    I bow to both of you. Yikes.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks Ryan! You’re awesome!

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    Buffy, you are a genius. Your poems are exceptionally well-crafted, interesting, humorous, and educational. You see the world through a unique blend of art and science and your poems let us glimpse your beautiful insight.

    • Buffy Silverman

      Thanks, Karyn. Clever invention of a new nomenclature in your poem–I enjoyed it!

      • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

        Thanks!

  • Quinette Cook

    I notice a theme in this round – science… Excellent poems. So hard to vote.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Definitely! I am not the scientist Buffy is, but when you are assigned a word like nomenclature, a scientist you become…sort of.

    • http://www.glosonblog.com Gloson

      Yes, we have Buffy’s caterpillar school, Karyn’s boyfriend-ology scientist, B.J. Lee’s amoeba gang, Elizabeth McBride’s buoyant experiment, Josh Close’s gel silica, Allan Wolf’s pointless pointing dog, and Victoria’s motherly owl!

  • Quinette Cook

    Buffy, did you use a form?

  • Stephanie

    These were both so fun to read!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      For my half of that comment, thank you so much! It was fun to write.

  • Darren Sardelli

    I had to read both poems 3 times to decide which one I liked more. Congrats to both poets on writing such interesting and entertaining poems.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks!!!

  • Debra Shumaker

    It is interesting that both were science related. I loved them both so much. The boy classifications really cracked me up. Well done to both of you!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks!

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Buffy – fantastic! So beautifully crafted as always, and such an inventive idea. Bravissima!!!

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    I didn’t have several reject poems to write about this time (poetry is so much easier for me when I don’t have to cram into eight lines!) so I wrote a blog post with some facts about myself…who is this mysterious Mother Streusel…and gave links to a few of my favorite poems I’ve written since starting my blog. I would be honored if you would check it out at motherstreusel.com

  • Elizabeth McBride

    I am laughing at the scientific names for classification of male students! Such fun, Karyn! And Buffy – there is a whole education in your poems – so smoothly crafted and included. Love the surprise ending (though Ms. Mothstein may not feel the same way)! What a great job, you two!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks!!!

  • Catherine Johnson

    This should be called round 10 Buffy that is amazing! Both poems are super clever and fun.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks!

  • Buffy Silverman

    Thanks for all the kind comments–I appreciate them!

  • Angie Kidd

    Two excellent poems!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks! :)

  • http://www.glosonblog.com Gloson

    Two EXCELLENT POEMS, Buffy and Karyn!
    I’m amazed by your writing abilities,
    causing my judgement some big instabilities,
    This excellent matchup I’ll be sharin’!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      I’m honored by your poetic reply.
      Gloson, you are a poetic guy.
      Your talent does not need to be coerced.
      Your conversation is naturally versed.

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    Win or lose, I’m proud of my poem…and I don’t see how Buffy couldn’t be proud of hers. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

    • Elizabeth McBride

      You both did exceptional work! Choosing was nearly impossible, and certainly not desirable! Karyn, congratulations to you! I am thinking I had better get some sleep before undertaking more writing! And Buffy, what a tremendous job you did too! Keep in touch!

      • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

        Thank you Elizabeth! Congratulations to you, too!!! I am excited about our match up. I’ve voted for you more than once and have really enjoyed your poems in this competition.

  • Michele Krueger

    Enjoyed them both so much, ladies! difficult decision!

  • julie krantz

    Tough choice, ladies!

  • Buffy Silverman

    Congratulations, Karyn! Good luck in your next round.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thank you Buffy! Amazing poem!!!

  • Ldegman

    Congrats, Karyn – good luck in the next round!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thank you!

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    You guys, I am so deeply honored to have made it this far in the competition. Buffy, your poem was brilliant and beautiful. I am so honored to have competed against you. Your talent is consistently incredible. Thank you so much for a great match up! To all the Authletes, friends, family, strangers, and most of all, students, who participated, THANK YOU!!!

  • Damon Dean

    Oh Buffy! Poor Ms. Mothstein! This was a harrowing classroom adventure, and a certain teacher in my memory came to mind, I must admit, as the flapping crow heightened my excitement! HA!
    Karyn, I am excited to see you moving along…isn’t it fantastic fun!

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      Thanks Damon! Somehow I missed this. Thanks for your support!