ROUND ONE: 7-harrowing vs. 10-jeopardize

r1f2 7-harrowing vs. 10-jeopardize

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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:

Running Scared
by Melinda Harvey

Kathy Kikharter went to camp after camp.
Her poor soccer game she hoped to revamp.
The harrowing try-outs were on April 1st,
and Kathy was thrilled that she wasn’t the worst.
For Suzy Swingworthy, though freakishly tall,
was deathly afraid of the soccer ball.
The black and white sphere caused Suzy such dread,
she withdrew from try-outs and went back to bed.


The Change Room
by Lynn Ward

I wouldn’t want to jeopardize
our friendship by my telling lies,
so… though you’re classy and you’re cute,
and think you’re hot in that bathing suit,
do not pretend. Don’t feign surprise.
You know you need a bigger size!


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  • Quinette Cook

    both poems made me laugh. good job ladies!

  • Mother Streusel

    This one was tough for me. Both thoroughly enjoyable with exceptional meter and bounciness and a great story.

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    Fun poems!!! I wonder how many people will print out Lynn’s to slip to people this summer. Loved the view of soccer tryouts from 2 viewpoints as well.

  • Linda Baie

    Terrific stories, good dilemmas, hard to choose the best!

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  • Damon Dean

    Funny dilemmas for sure! Good poems, difficult decision.

  • Melinda Harvey

    Thanks for voting already everyone! Lynn, welcome to the Madness! It is a treat to be competing against such an accomplished poet!

  • Lynn Ward-Author

    Thanks Melinda :) Your poem made me laugh. This is great fun isn’t it?

  • Bonnie Bailey

    These were both well-written and enjoyable to read. Good job ladies.

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    Both fun poems, I agree! Soccer and swimsuits :)

  • Avery M.

    YAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Mrs.Harvey! Your poem rocked!;) I’m so happy for you! From Avery.

  • Everett

    Great job Mrs. Harvey!! And good job to Mrs. Ward, too! From Everett. :)

  • Melanie

    YAY!!!!! You are at round two!!!!!!!! 90 votes is great. Can’t wait to see your next AWESOME poem! From Melanie

  • Lynn Ward-Author

    Congratulations Melinda. Good job. Best of luck in Round 2 :)