ROUND ONE: 8-bereft vs. 9-burgle


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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:

8-bereft
March Madness
By Katya Czaja

The school’s bereft of noise,
of running feet,
of shouting voices,
of raised hands,
enthusiasms,
and laughter.

Must be testing week.

vs.

9-burgle
Cat Burglar
By Samuel W. Kent

Who gobbled up my candy pile?
It must have been the cat.
I know he chose to burgle while
I tended this and that.
He says, “Not I,” but that’s a lie.
I’ll disregard his guile,
for I’ve deduced he’s bluffing by
his guilty, sticky smile.

 




8-bereft vs. 9-burgle

  • 8-bereft (Katya Czaja) (21%, 38 Votes)
  • 9-burgle (Samuel W. Kent) (79%, 142 Votes)

Total Voters: 180

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  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    Sam, don’t you go stealing my ideas… that would make me sad.

  • http://i.droo.it Samuel Kent

    Would you be bereft if I chose to burgle, so to speak?

    You have no idea how tempted I am to try and use both bereft and burgle in a poem, but I think I’m pretty happy with what I put together so far.

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    Yes, exactly.

    And I’m totally intimidated that you’re done. I’ve got a dozen drafts but nothing that speaks to me.

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

    Samuel,
    I actually wrote a poem using both “influx” (my word) and “lugubrious” (my opponent’s word) but ultimately opted for a second, more humorous poem using just my word. My original thought was to make it more challenging by using both words… Silly me. Maybe I’ll post that option after voting ends (Flight 1 Round 1)

    Good luck to both of you!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Q, I did the same with someone elses round words…but still learning the etiquette here I am cautious. Dont want to cross any lines.

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    I love the “guilty, sticky smile” :-)
    My youngest has those sometimes.

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Wow, these are so different!

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

    Both are so different and both are great! Yikes, everyone is bringing their A game!

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

    Etiquette, schmetiquette… Ed didn’t say we can’t. :)

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

    I don’t even know what you guys are talking about!

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

    Testing does suck the life out of the school, doesn’t it?

    And holy cats! Another cat poem!!

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

    Aw, testing. Ughhie-poo and oh-so-true. And the cat – hope it wasn’t chocolate!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Having been a teacher you have this March Madness down pat, Kat!
    And I love your recognition, Jim, of cats’ clever clandestinity.

    (Hmmm…clandestinity….think Ed might use that word next year?)

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

    I can’t decide. Will have to circle back. Great job, you two!

  • http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com KatApel

    Two beaut poems. Well done both of you!

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Well, great poems guys! I love the thoughtfulness, realisticness, and flow of “bereft” and I love the rhyme and vocab of “burgle”. (Well, my “venal” judge will bail the cat out–IF you bribe him with cappuccino. :D)

  • http://www.PoemsofJoeMs.com Joe Mohr

    Well done again, Sam! I’m conceding to Bill :)
    Good luck against him in round 2!!! I’m rooting for you!!!

  • Janet F.

    Cats are in three poems that come quickly to mind… being a cat lover, I am torn. Can I be swayed? And then…a teacher who rails against too much data taking time from what counts!!! Which has to include poetry! (See Mary Lee in an article in Education Week along with the PFA book by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. So a poem straight to my heart. Yet here we are with Ed, a data/techie guru who helps us look at poems differently. (Poemetrics.) Information deliciously spread at the poetry buffet. I wonder how many calories it is worth?

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

    Ahhh, another hard choice. Well done, both of you! Each poem employs its assigned word so seamlessly.

  • http://i.droo.it Samuel Kent

    Katya,

    I could not have asked for a more well matched competitor. I’m grateful that we got to compete and to have made more of an aquaintence with you!

    And now, I will forever associate you with “bereft” in my mind. I made of point of using it no less than three times today.

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

    Ed, we were talking about using our opponent’s word in our poem. ;)

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    Thank you, Sam. I have to confess… that my kids would have voted for your poem. :-) They loved it.

    Good luck in Round 2!