ROUND TWO: 7-flamboyant vs. 15-unpredictable

r2f2 7-flamboyant vs. 15-unpredictable

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Here are the poems:

Boaster Beasts
by Melinda Harvey

While out on a safari, I was shocked as shocked could be
To see the wild animals all showing off for me.

The brilliant, bitty bandicoot with mice and worms was smitten,
Slept all day and ate at night just so that he could fit in.

A flamboyant pink flamingo, one leg bent and one leg straight,
Built a nest made out of mud and started looking for a date.

A proud peacock, a gaudy goat, a swanky, showy squid
Tried their best to scare me off… but not one ever did.


My Unpredictable World
by B.J. Lee

The donkeys chirp, the birdies bray, dogs meow and kittens bark.
The rain falls up and soaks the sky. The rainbow has no arc.
The ocean’s waves are made of sand, the beach of salt and spray.
The rivers have all jumped their banks and run the other way.
The television watches me and tries to mute my sound.
The crossword puzzle comes uncrossed and all its squares turn round.
The clock strikes eight, the noon-day stars have turned to ruby red.
Unpredictable is fun but messes with my head.


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  • Quinette Cook

    Who can predict in this battle of poems? My dog is purring his compliments to both authletes.

  • Bonnie Bailey

    B.J., I really like the personification of the TV. Nicely done! Melinda, you’ve captured the beauty of your beasts. Great work, both of you.

  • Samuel Kent

    Nice work, you two. If I had one complaint: both need more aardvark.

  • Mother Streusel

    Great poems and great use of words! I particularly liked the flamingo and the thought of an ocean wave made of sand. Very vivid imagery.

  • Catherine

    Great poems!

  • Elizabeth McBride

    B.J., I love the upended logic in your poem! And it seems you were both on the same wavelength of reversals! Melinda, what a great idea to have the animals acting out for the audience!

  • Deb

    You two are clearly well-matched! Voting is becoming a hard job.

  • Buffy Silverman

    Terrific poems, Melinda and B.J.! I loved these showy beasts, and all of the reversals–especially the uncrossed/round crossword puzzle.

  • deborahhwilliams

    “The crossword puzzle comes uncrossed and all its squares turn round”–love this, B.J.!

    • Renee LaTulippe

      I second that – just fantastic, B.J.!

  • Malcolm Deeley

    Fine work by both authletes! B.J., I was particularly floored by the wild imagery of your penultimate line, in which the clock strikes eight at noon, the stars are out, and they are as red as rubies. Brilliantly vivid! That takes unpredictability to a new level.

  • Barb Meyer Heersink

    Bj, you articulated how my day was going yesterday, thankyou!

  • Damon Dean

    Okay BJ, that took me down the rabbit hole for sure! Wow.
    Melinda, having just returned from Disney and being at Animal Kingdom, this was a flashback!

  • Michele Krueger

    good match between two clever and creative poems! Hard choice!

  • KatApel

    That’s awesome, BJ! Love it!!

  • Melinda Harvey

    Congratulations, B.J. It will be a joy to watch you go on in the tourney!

  • Mother Streusel

    These were both so great! Congratulations B.J.!