ROUND TWO: 6-precautions vs. 14-credibility

r2f2 6-precautions vs. 14-credibility

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Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
  • Creativity: wordplay, imagery, unusual approach, etc.
  • 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:

Helicopter Mom vs. Daredevil Son
by Angie Kidd

My mother is a hoverer, she warns me every minute
to avoid the repercussions of not heeding her instructions.
Her precautions aren’t explicit,
so I sometimes make deductions.

“Be careful on the sidewalk,” she says. “Watch so you don’t fall!”
So I wear my helmet willingly while jumping off the wall.
“Be careful in the bathtub,” she says. “Watch so you don’t slip!”
So I wear my ice skates willingly and never ever trip.


Our Teachers’ Credibility
by Darren Sardelli

Our teachers’ credibility is questioned every day.
She never gives us homework or a grade below an A.
She always writes the answers on the board before a test
and bakes the softest brownies and the sweets that we suggest.
We’ve seen her out in public doing things she shouldn’t do
like chasing baby elephants and painting flowers blue.
She claims the constellations were invented by the nurse.
We absolutely love her, but our folks think she’s a curse!


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6-precautions vs. 14-credibility

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  • Quinette Cook

    Way to start Round 2 Flight 2!

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Nice Angie! Very clever! Darren, way to paint a picture of a flighty, fun teacher!

  • Mother Streusel

    Great poems! Super fun and clever. Great match up!

  • Elizabeth McBride

    Great work, both of you!

  • Damon Dean

    Fun! Very well done for both words. Difficult choice here. Angie, I can picture your hovering Mom with a megaphone overhead. Darren, what a dream teacher! (from a kid perspective).

  • Ed DeCaria

    Oh, Public Vote, how you deceive us so.

    Thank you, Angie, for contributing two fun poems to this year’s event.

    Congrats, Darren. Round 3 starts … sooner than you want it to. :o

    • Angie Kidd

      Thanks for the honor of participating in such a fun event. I’m so glad children’s poetry has reached so many people.

    • Darren Sardelli

      Angie, that was an intense round! I appreciate the competition. I was just checking out your blog – I’m really impressed with your art work and illustrations. You are extremely talented!

      • Angie Kidd

        Thanks Darren! No kidding ;-) Half the fun is meeting other poets. Good luck with the rest of the competition.

  • Mother Streusel

    Congrats Darren!! Great job! Loved yours as well, Angie!

    • Darren Sardelli

      Thank you Kathy! Loved your Hiatus poem – very clever ending!!! I’m looking forward to checking out more of your writing. Fantastic job in the tournament!!!

      • Mother Streusel

        Thanks but I’m Karyn, not Kathy. :)

        • Darren Sardelli

          Sorry about that Kathy.

          • Darren Sardelli

            Lol. I meant to say sorry for mixing you up with Kathy.

        • Darren Sardelli

          Congrats on moving on to Round 3. I look forward to reading your poem. Sorry about the name mix up.

          • Mother Streusel

            That’s funny! Thanks. :)