ROUND ONE: 8-winsome vs. 9-moratorium


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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-winsome
A Poetic Observation
By Ann Magee

In the aching quiet of the abandoned backyard
A leaf frolics like a winsome forest creature
Allowing each breath of the wild wind
To have its way.

It leaps over the pumpkin patch forgotten with weeds
And settles on the splintered garden bench
Like a long-awaited new neighbor
Come to stay.

vs.

9-moratorium
Judgment Day
By Ken Slesarik

By and by in the great beyond,
after I give up the ghost,
do keep in mind that I’ve been kind
(I fear for thoughts, I’ll roast).

Please lay me ‘neath the sycamore,
not in some crematorium,
then pray Saint Peter’s feelin’ kind
and grants my moratorium.

 




8-winsome vs. 9-moratorium

  • 8-winsome (Ann Magee) (44%, 109 Votes)
  • 9-moratorium (Ken Slesarik) (56%, 140 Votes)

Total Voters: 249

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

    The contrast of these words will make for interesting poems.

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

    Holy Cow! Very tough choice. You two did a fantastic job!

  • angie breault

    Great job you guys. Beautiful free verse poem. I’m very impressed with you both!

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

    Ugh. Will have to come back! Well done, you two, with very different poems!

  • Ann Magee

    Thanks for your kind words about my poem. I’m a March Madness virgin who feels very welcome in this great community of poets. Free verse is my preferred writing style, but I seem to be in the minority this round. Any other free-verse poets out there?

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

    Well you are a MMV no longer, Ann. Kudos to both of you. I loved the free verse and I loved Ken did with moratorium. It was hard to make a final judgement.

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

    I loved both of these. Well done!

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

    These were both great!!

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

    Here’s another close race between serious and funny, like CAIRN vs CLAQUE in the first flight of round 1. Serious has a hard row to hoe in this tournament!

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

    Ann takes it for imagery, and Ken takes it for meter. Can we call a tie?

  • Ken Slesarik

    I was mixed up as to when the voting started! A lovely poem Ann! We have such different styles. How fun!

  • http://MainelyWrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

    Difficult decision here. Nice work!

  • http://www.ericode.com Eric Ode

    I almost didn’t vote. Very difficult choice. Wonderful job, both of you!

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    hard to choose. Very good job on both of these, you two!

  • Janice

    Ann~ Loved the chiaroscuro of feelings from the ache of the quiet and implicit loneliness, to the sense of hope or at least peace in the end!!!

  • http://julielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    Could it be that the Funny vs. Serious question has mostly to do with technical control? Funny usually involves wordplay (a craft element) and is metered and rhymed, and the mastery of those elements (or the risk-taking with them) is clear. Control over emotional content/sentiment is trickier and harder to discern. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been thinking in terms of submissions so far – maybe it’s not a Funny vs. Serious thing?

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

    Gosh, these are tough choices! And I appreciate Julie’s thoughts above. These are each well done in their own rights – hats off to both of you.

  • Ann Magee

    Great round and congrats to my competitor, Ken! Best of luck as you continue on to the next round–I’ll be waiting to see what you come up with next.