Seeding Explanation

Since not everyone is familiar with the concept of “seeding” in #MMPoetry, I created this handy infographic that explains the scale using synonyms and antonyms of the word “simple”. The word shown next to each numbered seed roughly describes how it might feel to have to write a poem using a word of that seed in less than 36 hours. Good luck, authletes!

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  • Matt Forrest Esenwine

    A 16th seed, it may be true,
    Might seem a bit prohibitive –
    But is it something we can do?
    This poem is exhibitive!

    • Ed DeCaria

      And then?

      ^^^ Yes, that is a “Dude, Where’s My Car?” reference

      I think you or someone else should keep writing one poem for each word down the line … would be a great warm-up for next week!

  • Callie Miller

    Erm…Challenge accepted? Whipped this one up quickly, though I hope no one follows Duncan’s example:

    Duncan was known as notorious.
    The children all thought him inglorious.
    He yanked Annie’s hair,
    And stole sweets without care,
    For following rules seemed laborious.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Yeah! Who’s next? 14-convoluted. Go!

  • Lori Degman

    This Madness is quite convoluted,
    With 64 poets included.
    We’ll trade clever quotes,
    For all of your votes,
    I’m feeling a bit prostituted!

    • Ed DeCaria

      So I guess that makes me a pimp? Time to go buy a bigger hat …

      I’m going to release a post very soon about how we can build a bigger/deeper #MMPoetry community and one of the suggestions is to show faces in the comments. You can do this easily by registering with Gravitar. Takes 5 minutes.

  • Lori Degman

    Hey Ed, how do I get my picture on there instead of that weird icon?

  • Gloson Teh

    @Lori Degman
    – By the power of the gravatar!

    Just enter your email, and set up your pic. After that, your pic will appear on any blog that supports gravatars when you enter your email. ;)


  • Linda Boyden

    This word is a bother from beginning to end; it perturbs and disturbs again and again. It trips my lips up, gets under my thumb. A tormenting word,troublesome.

    • Ed DeCaria

      This is awesome. Keep it going! Who’s next? 12-demanding is up …

  • Matt Forrest

    Looks like we’ve started something! Love these – especially Lori’s!

  • Lori Degman

    Well, if the big, purple hat fits . . .

  • Lori Degman

    Thanks, Gloson!

  • Buffy Silverman

    I decided to start from the easy end, but worked my way up to number 12.

    I like my words easy-peasy,
    clear and simple,
    fresh and breezy.

    Demanding wordplay gives me gas,
    Higher seed?
    Think I’ll pass.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Gold star to Buffy, who uses the #12, #1, #2, and #3 seeds in one poem. Okay, 11-ambitious … who wants it?

  • Elizabeth Brahy

    I’ll give it a shot:

    Chocolate soufflé is ambitious
    but the results can be delicious.
    It’s the same when writing a line,
    the harder the word, the more chance to shine.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Done! On to 10-involved … who’s up?

  • Lori Degman

    I hope it’s ok if I jump in more than once. If not, let me know and I’ll stop!

    I hesitate to interfere or get myself involved.
    But if I sit here quietly, your problem won’t get solved.

    So, say you’re sorry to my son and just admit you’re wrong.
    A honeymoon IS better when a mother comes along!

  • Susan Taylor Brown

    I’m not normally a rhymer but I had to jump into this.

    Talented poets not all seeking praise
    wander and play, in an intricate maze
    of tricky words and some slanted rhyme
    and never, ever quite enough time.

  • Ed DeCaria

    My word’s not bad,
    but I could quibble:
    It’s figuratively AND LITERALLY

  • Ed DeCaria

    Okay, who wants my favorite of the bunch: 7-uncomplicated

    What a ridiculous word that is … that word really should not exist.

  • allan Wolf

    Oh Lori. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh.

  • allan Wolf

    It’s not uncomplicated
    to create a poet’s clone.
    Their worth is overrated,
    and they’re better off alone.
    And here’s a thought nefarious:
    There’d be two Ed DeCarias!

  • Susan Taylor Brown

    Yikes, Allan. I’m shaking and quaking in my corner now. :)

  • Ed DeCaria

    +1 for Allan.

    Okay, who wants 6-wieldy?

    I think we’re almost done … just have 5 and 4 after this.

    You guys rock.

  • Lori Degman

    Great one, Allan!!

  • J. J. Close

    I said “scramble my eggs,” but she made them over-easy.
    I said please hold the cheese, but she made it extra cheesy.
    I said that she can’t cook, so what good is she to me?
    So she locked me in my room, and she made me eat the key…

    Well, I went the easy route for this warm up :)

    Will save my hard ones for my 15 seed……

  • Dom D

    Darnit all… no one has responded in like an hour, so here goes from the peanut gallery…

    The little piggie sat and cried
    “Wee Wee Wee!
    Ouija boards and
    Wieldy hordes and
    Wheaties and Weeds!

    Someday I’ll grow up,
    You’ll see!
    I’ll eenk like a big pig!
    I’ll eenk with ease!”

  • Mary Lee

    Wow. Look what just happened while I was off teaching all day (then going out to dinner and falling exhausted into bed). I may have to take the next three weeks off to write poetry and witty comment banter!

  • Alison Hertz

    This poetry challenge is silly
    We can’t throw down words willy-nilly
    We must be precise
    Using vocab that’s nice
    Or our stanzas will come off quite shrilly.

    Just warming up the rhyming part of my brain…

  • Leslie Bulion

    “Manageable?”not so much when I’m attempting rhyme,
    Pressure’s ON before official MMPoet time.
    I penned a poem to toss my hat in, poet-friend v. friend,
    But couldn’t manage clicking on that button labeled SEND!

    Have fun intrepid MMpoets!!

  • Matt Forrest Esenwine

    I was wondering if we were going to see you here, Leslie! It would’ve been fun to have you in the mix!

  • Lori Degman

    I’ve waited hours for someone to step forward and finish this off! Since no one has, I’m jumping in! Here goes nothing:

    I find it so ironic that the hardest word to rhyme
    is facile, which means easy, so it shouldn’t take much time.

    But clearly, the word facile just does not inspire the muse.
    So no one’s dared to touch it, because no one wants to lose!

  • Ed DeCaria

    And we’re done!
    That was fun …

  • Leslie Bulion

    Color me chicken, Matt. I’ll be cheering all of you from the sidelines. Go, poets, go!

  • Gloson Teh

    You’re welcome, Ms. Lori, your gravatar’s gracile.
    You sure you cannot find a word rhymes with facile?
    Don’t worry, just simply acquire the facile-key.
    You’ll find some rhymes that are clever, high-class, silky!

  • Lori Degman

    Good one, Gloson!!

  • Miranda Paul

    A 16th seed?
    How generous, Ed.
    Generous as
    a kick in the head.

  • Carol Samuelson-Woodson

    I get that the harder the word, the higher the # of the seed, but, then what? You use the seed to do some kind of mathematical/statistical thingie that weights the votes so that you have to get more votes to win? I’m not a sports fan so I guess I don’t know much about seeds.

    • Ed DeCaria

      No, the votes are not weighted at all by seeds. The seeds are just a way to indicate how hard the words are to use in a poem for kids. Authletes don’t DIRECTLY get any extra “credit” for using a harder (higher-seed) word than their opponent. The (sometimes sizeable) gap in word difficulty is just luck of the draw, and part of the game.

      • Carol Samuelson-Woodson

        Thanks, Ed, for clearing that up.