ROUND ONE: 7-herculean vs. 10-hypocrisy


The word 7-herculean was suggested by Iroquois Intermediate’s thinkers, readers, and writers.

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Here are the poems:

7-herculean
LeeAnn’s Farm
By M. M. Socks

LeeAnn McCreet grows herculean wheat and beets as big as boulders.
Her enormous berries are legendary for straining pickers’ shoulders.

When harvest time gets closer, she fuels her bulldozer so she can reap her land,
And deliver her crops to all the city shops filling orders they command.

When it comes to billing, she makes a killing off her farm’s gigantic wares,
And every season no one knows the reason why her crops are bigger than theirs.

But LeeAnn McCreet is so tenderly sweet and has such a great charm,
That no one ever questions or offers suggestions to what happens on LeeAnn’s farm.

vs.

10-hypocrisy
Against Falsity and Pretense
by Heidi Mordhorst

How doth the chubby hippo
Improve his shining hide,
And bob the waters of the Nile
From side to muddy side!

How lazily he opens wide!
How jolly seems to be!
Then crushes skulls of crocodiles
With sweet hypocrisy.

 




7-herculean vs. 10-hypocrisy: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 7-herculean (M.M. Socks) (53%, 175 Votes)
  • 10-hypocrisy (Heidi Mordhorst) (47%, 155 Votes)

Total Voters: 330

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  • http://www.lizsteinglass.com/ Liz

    Hypocrisy? Ouch.

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

    I like that both words begin with “H” and that the level of difficulty is very close. I’m thinking steampunk epics in eight lines. (Sounds interesting, right?)

  • Heidi

    Yeah, ouch. I’m sounding a little preachy so far…

  • http://kraftyellenwrites.com Kathy Ellen Davis

    I like the sound of both of these together…what would a case of herculean hypocrisy look like? :)

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

    You both got H words, and Lori and I both got C words!

    I’m getting STRONG and MIXED feelings about this contest!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Ooh, you can predict a certain tone just by these words. Of course, that prediction could be entirely wrong, which is half of what makes this so fun!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    I like Kathy Ellen’s comment/question! Herculean hypocrisy? Probably some politician. I’ll be sure to check out the poems.

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna

    What interesting H-words for kids’ poems! Hilarious…can hardly wait to read these!

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Giant beets and sweet hypocrisy? Oh, Ed, look at the wonders you have wrought! Ha! Great concept, Alvaro, and Heidi – your title is hilarious and your hippo divine!

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

    How doth one choose?!

  • Heidi

    Props to Alice and Lewis Carroll (“How Doth the Little Crocodile”) and to Isaac Watts (“Against Idleness and Mischief”) who helped me out with this challenge…without them we’d have been stuck with the preachy treatment!

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

    I don’t think I’d want to meet LeeAnn or this hippo! Funny and clever poems both, and I love the allusions to other poems, Heidi.

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

    LeeAnn McCreet is so sweet. And I’m trembling from thoughts of that chubby hippo.

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    Hello Heidi! Nice to see you here!

  • http://www.mattforrest.com Matt Forrest

    Giant vegetables or giant animals…that is the question…

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    I love the imagery in both of these – well done!

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    I can hardly choose between herculean and hypocrisy! Great poems, you two!

  • http://www.allanwolf.com Allan Wolf

    To be placed on my tombstone: “His beets were big as boulders.”

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

    Did anyone else just notice Allan’s gravatar?

  • http://www.loridegman.com Lori Degman

    Thanks for pointing that out, Ed! Hilarious, Allan!!! Almost forgot to comment on the poems – great match-up, well done!!

  • Carrie Finison

    I love that the word ‘hypocrisy’ brought on a poem about…hippos? And I love the hint about the mysterious happenings on LeeAnn’s farm. Tough choice here…

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

    MMSocks — Yummm…beets!

    Heidi — I’ll never look at hippos the same way again!

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Rereading Alvaro’s poem I’m impressed with the spot-on internal rhymes–nice work, M.M.!

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

    Boulder-sized beets are beguiling… and then a skull-crushing hypocritical hippo? These are too fun….

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Hahaha. Funny, both of them. But that jolly, vicious hippo finally captured me:>)

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Neck and neck with only 9 hours to go!!! Don’t let LeeAnn near the river!

  • http://www.stephenwcahill.com Stephen W cahill

    OMG 50% each! I can see why – both are really good!

  • Alvaro

    wow – tight race! great poem Heidi

  • Janet F.

    The happy hippo lolling about, hypocrite extraordinaire. Bountiful beets, yummm…. but that farm sounds creepy!!! What’s LeeAnn really up to??? Call in Hercule Poirot, perhaps?
    Poems, and Ed, have faith, you’ve got to love them!!

  • http://tanitasdavis.com tanita

    I’m seeing a LeeAnn McCreet picture book.
    Also, a double page spread of a sweet hippo – with forty ton pressure in its jaws.

    This is hard, you guys.

  • Heidi

    Well fought, M.M.! Congratulations to you and LeeAnn!

  • Alvaro

    This is absolute and complete MADNESS! i can’t believe it.