Thursday, April 5, 2012

Poetry Finals!

When I entered the March Madness Poetry Contest, I never expected to make it to the Final 2. I was hoping to just make it past Round 1. Somehow I kept winning, and now it's the last, and most challenging round yet!

The person who I beat out last round (Greg Pincus, who is an amazing writer) got to pick out my seed word for this round. I had 36 hours to write a poem using this word.

Here is my word:

Don't ask me how to pronounce it.

First thing I did was google it. I learned it means Penniless. So I automatically thought of my poor child, who always wants to spend money. To be without a penny.... were the first words that came to me. You see, I was feeling very sorry for my poor child who always wants things (who happens to have many pennies saved, but would never admit it.) So I wrote.

See how needy he is?

My poem took me in the direction of making this not so overly dramatic child work for the money they need to buy a video game. 

I wanted to keep it child friendly, not overly long, and dramatic. If you read it aloud, be sure to do it with lots of drama in your voice.

So you can go check out this poem, and my competitors Bovine poem, at

Voting goes until 9 pm Thursday night.

Then be sure to go through and read the past poems we've written.

I was blessed with the words:


It's been a blast! I'm honored to have made it this far. We will see how I do against a farting balloon.


  1. What a star to get this far!
    And please note, you have my vote!

  2. You are awesomely talented to have gotten this far! The sky's the limit now! The farting balloon is all well and good, but over all, I think your poem is more child-friendly! Good luck!!!

  3. So proud of you. What a thrill! I've voted and am keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  4. Congratulations, Debbie! I think your impecunious poem was my favorite of all of yours! I'm sure coming in second place amongst all those talented writers was thrilling. Brava!


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