ROUND ONE: 7-villainous vs. 10-sequester

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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:

Blackbeard’s Boast
by Stephanie Farrow
I’m the best of the best ‘cuz I’m worser than worst.
I’m rotten, pernicious, and prone to be cursed.
Fierce captains of galleons quake in their boots
And they tremble to watch as I pillage and loot.
Say I’m scurrilous, evil, more vicious than most,
For there’s nary a badder swashbuckler afloat.
Who cares if they call me the Scourge of the Seas?
I’m wickedly, splendidly, villainous ME!


Sizzling Limerick
by Catherine Johnson

Sizzling Silvester was out on the prowl
He sneaked passed a cougar but woke up an owl,
He’d planned to sequester
A mouse down from Leicester,
But Owl swooped in first covering snake with a towel.



7-villainous vs. 10-sequester: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 7-villainous (Stephanie Farrow) (90%, 103 Votes)
  • 10-sequester (Catherine Johnson) (10%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 114

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  • Pam

    Catherine, Stephanie! You ladies are GOOD! This is going to be difficult. WOW! Best of luck to you both!

  • Susan Taylor Brown

    These were both such fun but Stephanie, that last stanza was dead on perfect!

  • Catherine Johnson

    Thanks Pam and Susan. I love a good pirate story, yours is awesome Stephanie!

  • Debbie

    These are great! I love how Sequester just flowed. I thought it was my word at first and my poem was not that smooth.

    And I love this, sounds like something out of a Disney Movie:
    Who cares if they call me the Scourge of the Seas?
    I’m wickedly, splendidly, villainous ME!

  • Stephanie Farrow

    When I saw your word, all I could do was count my blessings that it wasn’t mine! Amazing what you were able to do with it. Sizzling Sylvester–ooh! Spooky! BTW, I hope all those Yanks out there realize that you Brits (and ex-pats) pronounce Leicester as Lester. If they don’t, all you can do is threaten to make them walk the plank.

  • Catherine Johnson

    Ha, ha, Stephanie I didn’t even think of that. My husband asked if anyone would have heard of it. At least I didn’t pick Worcester, no one ever pronounces that right lol.

  • mary sundstrom

    Pitch-perfect Steph…I like the last line of your first stanza too. My wordsmith!

  • Katya

    Stephanie I love the last line of your poem so much that I’d like to steal it as my person motto!

  • Katya

    Gah… need more coffee… ‘personal’ not ‘person’.

  • Stephanie Farrow

    Katya, Pretty funny! Let’s make big buttons to wear. In the middle would be ME, then circling around the edge would be splendidly wickedly villainous. :)