ROUND ONE: 6-malarkey vs. 11-grok


The word 6-malarkey was suggested by Iroquois Intermediate’s thinkers, readers, and writers.

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Here are the poems:

6-malarkey
The Giving Tree?
By Cheryl Lawton Malone

“Malarkey,” said a nearby tree.
What nonsense! Are you kidding me?

Your apples could have fed all types
of millipedes and worms with stripes.

Your branches could have given rest
to turkeys who’ve been dispossessed.

And now he slumps against your stump?
That boy of yours. He’s quite a chump!

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11-grok
Alternate Universe
By Doraine Bennett

If I could converse with aliens first,
I’d steer a shooting star
with perfect contol right through a worm hole
and land on Mars.

But here on the Earth, I’m no extrovert.
My stomach wants to hurl.
My voice starts to squeak, my brain has a leak.
I don’t grok girls.

 




6-malarkey vs. 11-grok

  • 6-malarkey (Cheryl Lawton Malone) (80%, 165 Votes)
  • 11-grok (Doraine Bennett) (20%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 207

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  • http://www.dorainebennett.com Doraine Bennett

    Evil is not even close! Is that even a word?!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    It’s not NOT a word …

    It was coined in the 1960’s, so it is a new word in the grand history of words.

    M-W defines it as “to understand profoundly and intuitively”

    But you’ll find different definitions elsewhere.

  • Cara Slavens

    Hey, at least grok has quite a few rhymes, if that’s your forte. Can’t wait to see what happens.

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

    Lovely, just lovely. Looking forward to this match up.

  • Cheryl Lawton Malone

    Thank you to the Iroquois Intermediate. Marlarkey is a great word.

  • Marcus Ewert

    I’m so glad someone else (presumably) loathes the original The Giving Tree as much as I do!
    A kid-friendly portrait of an abusive & heavily codependent relationship – hurray!
    Thank you for this MUCH NEEDED corrective, Cheryl!!!

    //dismounts soapbox

  • http://www.dorainebennett.com Doraine Bennett

    I never liked the Giving Tree, either. Nice job, Cheryl. Good luck!

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

    You’ve captured that adolescent boy, Doraine. And oh I love the way you’ve called out the malarkey that is the giving tree, Cheryl.

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

    And whether you like (it) or not, I’d like to give these two “authletes” a thumbs-up!

  • http://hotmail Ellen kotkowski

    Loved all the Marlarkey

  • http://hotmail Ellen kotkowski

    oops… malarkey!

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

    Malarkey is snarky!

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

    Clever! Clever! Both made me smile….and I have a couple more picture books I’d like to read funny poems about!

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    I’ve always loved the word ‘malarkey’ and loved you using it in reference to a certain book, Cheryl!

  • Pauline Sparks

    Here in New Zealand, I agree about The Giving Tree! Excellent ‘counter’ to it.(Love Runny Babbit!)

  • Marcus Ewert

    Ha!! I see what you did there! Good one!

  • Marcus Ewert

    Gah! My comment above was meant to be in response to Mary Lee’s “Malarkey is snarky” gem

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

    So well done, both of you! Congrats. Love the voice of Cheryl’s, the rings-true-adolescent-anxiety of Doraine’s (and that great last line). Another instance where I don’t want to have to choose…!