I got past Round One of the MM Poetry 2014 Tournament and went head-to-head in Round Two with the very talented Buffy Silverman. Her word was 'Fortitude'; my word was 'Quintessential'. Here are the poems we came up with:
As you can see her poem was pretty darned good and in the end triumphed over mine. She got the majority of the public vote and the poet vote. As a consolation, I had the majority of the school-children vote so something for me to feel good about.
Only one person goes to the next level, and that wont be me. On the positive side, I've already written about 6 new poems for this tournament. 94 more and I will have my next book. Time to start thinking seriously about Book 2...