ROUND TWO: 7-barrage vs. 2-glazed

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The Poets’ Challenge: Each poet is assigned a single word based on their bracket seed, ranging from 1 (intuitive) to 16 (seemingly impossible). Poets must write a kid-appropriate poem using the prompted word in under 36 hours. Once both final poems have been received, they will be pasted into the body of this post, and then the reader poll will be open for voting.

Voter Instructions: Read each poem as many times as you’d like. Then use the poll to express your preference. Votes are counted in real time and cannot be changed once entered. As a guideline for voting, consider the criteria on which the contestants on the cooking show “Chopped” are evaluated: presentation, taste, and creativity. Translated roughly into poetry terms, presentation might include technical aspects such as meter, rhyme, form/shape, etc.; taste might be the net effect — did the poem move you to laugh, cry, think, kill, etc.; and creativity might include the poet’s approach toward a certain subject, image evocation, clever wordplay, etc.

“This is awesome, where can I find more?”: All results and scheduled matchups, including a glance at the round-by-round writing windows and voting windows, are visible from the Live Scoreboard page. In addition, results will be tweeted from @edecaria as they become final.

Here are the poems:

Playground Counting Song
by Julie Larios

One barrage, the battle’s over,
Best friends now, like cows in clover.
Kiss me quick, then chew your cud –
Rain comes down, and up comes mud.
Fee, fi –  fiddle me a song,
Everything’s right but something’s wrong.
Cows in the corn and the moon is blue —
Fo, fum, foo –  out goes you!


Match of the Century
by Donna Martin
It was the match of the century, everyone said,
Goliath stood over Davey by more than a head.
But Davey knew just how this usually goes
As he led with his left and lightening fast toes
With a jump spin side kick that dazzled and dazed
And left poor Goliath with eyes a bit glazed
His friends later asked how he won with such ease?
“It’s really no secret, I just eat my wheaties!”



7-barrage vs. 2-glazed: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 7-barrage (Julie Larios) (69%, 70 Votes)
  • 2-glazed (Donna Martin) (31%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

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  • Julie Larios

    Donna, I loved your “Foul fowl on the prowl” poem! Glad to be matched up with you! And off we go….

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Ooh, what a match-up! Good luck, ladies!

  • Donna Martin

    I am honored, Julie, to be “facing off” with you…I voted for YOUR poem in the last round…;0)…good luck to both of us!

  • Mary Lee

    I’m taking a break from all things “cavalier.” My brain has been “barraged” with ideas; my eyes are “glazed.” GOOD LUCK to both of you!

  • Pam

    I think this is an exciting match up. I’m already leaning in closer to get a better view. I wish you both the best!

  • Susan Taylor Brown

    I expect great things from this match up. Good luck!

  • Debbie

    Good luck girls! I can’t wait to read your poems. :-D

  • Donna Martin

    This is soooo cool…I think Jule and I have started a “fan club”! HAHAHAHA….;0)

  • Amy LV

    Julie – You’ve got the start (middle? end?) of a collection here. And Donna – I’m cracking up to think of my old days of Wheaties Box heroes (Bruce Jenner, anyone?) including little Davey!

    • Donna Martin

      that’s what I was thinking of as well, Amy!

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Julie, I was thinking the same thing as Amy LV! The words “porkpie hat” have been swimming in my head for days now. Donna, love that you worked TKD in here — for sure it’s more effective than a slingshot!

    • Donna Martin

      thanks, Renee!

  • Cheryl Velasquez

    Good Luck Donna, what fun!

  • Donna Martin

    Julie, I really like the line, “Rain comes down and up comes mud”…good luck!

  • Stephanie Farrow

    Julie, your two poems make me think that you really liked recess as a kid!

    • Julie Larios

      So right, Stephanie – tetherball, hopscotch, jacks, jump rope, marbles (when the boys would let me play), tag, yo-yo competitions, pretending to run around like a horse, dodgeball, foursquare – I lived for the long recess at lunch time. And the playground rhymes collected by Peter and Iona Opie have always been some of my favorite poetry for kids. I’m convinced that rhymes on the playground are proof positive that kids are the best poets in the world.

  • Quinette Cook

    These were both so good. Nice job ladies.

  • Michele Krueger

    I enjoyed them both, ladies. Good luck.

  • Jone

    I could see children jump roping to your poem, Julie. Good luck.

  • Donna Smith

    Oh, no, I’m going to have to read these two a couple of times. Too cute – both of them!

  • Donna Martin

    Congratulations, Julie! I look forward to reading some more of your poetry…you go, girl!

  • Julie Larios

    Donna – I think we should be friends! Look for a message on Facebook….if I can find you there. I suppose it’s possible to have friends even without Facebook, come to think of it! I remember once upon a time we did the friend thing differently…..

    • Donna Martin

      Too funny…I use to send notes in school with little boxes saying “Do you want to be friends? Check yes or no!”…;0)