ROUND ONE: 8-sojourn vs. 9-abetted

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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:

Fox and Grouse
by Donna Smith

“Oh, do come right in, come into my house!
We’ll have a great time,” Said fox to the grouse.

“No, thank you, dear fox,” grouse had to decline.
“I think I’ll go home, it’s ‘most time to dine.”

“Stay here for dinner; sojourn for a while!
I’ll make you dessert,” he said with a smile.

“I’ll not be dessert nor put into chowder!”
Groused grouse to old fox. “You crafty, foul fowler!”


Mist’s Deed
by Stephanie Parsley

Mist abetted Cloud in masking Moon—
keeping Cow from jumping over Moon anytime soon,
making Little Dog cry and howl a dark tune,
and thwarting the exit of Dish and Spoon.
Finally, Cow jumped, belated,
Little Dog laughed, elated,
Dish and Spoon fled, as fated—
with all glad they’d waited ‘til Mist had abated.



8-sojourn vs. 9-abetted: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 8-sojourn (Donna Smith) (53%, 72 Votes)
  • 9-abetted (Stephanie Parsley) (47%, 65 Votes)

Total Voters: 137

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  • Kathryn Apel

    Clever! Fox and Grouse has such old-world charm (and flavour!)

  • Donna Smith

    Thanks! This is charmingly delicious fun. I’m loving reading all these poems. What a way to break up March and head into spring!

  • Ann Jacobus

    Stephanie, dreamy and poetic (duh) use of abetted! Gorgeous! Enjoyed both of these very much.

  • Stephanie Parsley

    Thanks, Ann!

    And congrats to Donna. What a fun match-up! I’ll be following you in the next round.

  • Kalliope Rush

    I love Mist’s Deed…very clever. Beautiful!

  • Donna Smith

    Thanks, Stephanie! That was a tight race!
    And thank you to all who participated to make it a good time!
    I can hardly wait to see what the second round words will be…eeesh…

  • Stephanie Parsley

    Donna, I read your other sojourn poem on your blog. It is lovely also.