ROUND ONE: 8-drudgery vs. 9-salvo

r1f1 8-drudgery vs 9-salvo

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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
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Here are the poems:

Accountant Turned Chocolatier
by Joe Mohr

To avoid a dull life of mindboggling drudgery
Sometimes requires a brain-shaking nudgery

At this point you need to be open to budgery
(Not-wanting-to-budgery leads to begrudgery)

When given my nudgery I opened “The Fudgery”
I’m happier now (though quite a bit pudgery)


Call to Arms
by Bekah Hoeft

Oh, heed my call, you summer boys!
Put down your games, put down your toys!
Come with your captain to the fray.
Out in the sun we’ll splash and spray.

Brightly-colored balloon barrage
We’ll drive them back towards their garage.
A swift salvo will make them dash
Ready? Kerplunk. Oh, rats! KERSPLASH!


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  • Mother Streusel

    I love both of these!!! Really top notch!!!

  • Quinette Cook

    Drats! Now I’m craving chocolate and sunny days. Wait, I’ve been craving sunny days for weeks. I’m happy I didn’t get drudgery.

  • Carrie Finison

    Of the matchups so far, this one was the hardest for me to choose. I laughed out loud at both of these!

  • Catherine Johnson

    These are very funny, we’ll done!

  • Joe Mohr

    Great poem, Bekah!

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Thanks, Joe! I love yours! There will be no begrudgery in me if the vote goes your way! Well done!

  • Linda Baie

    So much action in both poems! Great to imagine!

  • Gloson

    As a rhymer, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the -udgery rhyme, Joe! What a funny, light yet deep, thought-provoking poem at the same time.

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    This is my first time in this contest–what an honor to be surrounded by so many amazing people! Thanks, Ed, for the nudgery I needed to do what I love (It may not bode well for me that I can’t stop using my opponent’s words!). It’s intimidating but exhilarating to be here! (:

  • Damon Dean

    Loved your call to arms Bekah! Many platoons with weapon-balloons have charged up San Juan Hill.
    Joe, your poem hit hoem. I love it when a poet creates fresh words of noet like ‘pudgery’ (which applies well to my fature-stature). Free rhyme forever! (lobs a water-balloon skyward).

  • Kathy Ellen Davis

    Pudgery made me laugh!
    And I loved the kerplunk, oh rats, kersplash!
    Great work!

  • Mother Streusel

    Congratulations Bekah! Both poems were so great! Glad to see such a well-matched battle.

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Thank you! It was a nerve-wracking wait, that’s for sure!