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Round: 13
Form: Ballade
Subject: Events
Deadline: Saturday, November 5th, 2005, 9AM PST

Form Rules:
  • 28 lines - 3 octets followed by a concluding quatrain known as the envoy.
  • The rhyme scheme is 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3R for each of the octets, and 2 3 2 3R for the envoy. The same rhyme scheme is repeated across stanzas, but the actual rhyme words may not.
  • Each stanza ends with the same line, the refrain (marked 3R above). It may vary in punctuation, and even spelling, but not in sound.
  • Each stanza should carry an unbroken sense, and not be split into two quatrains or thoughts.
  • The envoy is addressed to the patron of the poet (that'd be me, in this case, ha!) and it is usual to begin it with an enthusiastic invocation of the patron.


Form Suggestions:
  • The envoy is both a dedication and a conclusion, and should be richer in wording and imagery than the other stanzas.
  • Octameter (either trochaic or iambic) is the usual meter, but not strictly required.


Administrivia:
I'm setting a fairly long deadline, since these seem quite difficult. Once both poets have submitted, I'll end the round and set up the judging thread.

It didn't seem useful to post a round bracket, since there's only, ya know, one match. So, Round 13 bracket is Match 253 - Bladen v. Crystal.
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Jacquilynne
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Match 253


Blissful Futility

Dear Jaquilynne, our host so fair,
Do hear my tale, that I relate,
Of joy (and yes, at times despair),
Please, my indulgence tolerate,
As I share what I've seen to date.
Events I've seen, both big and small,
From 'fore these seas they did create,
I've tried, and failed, to win them all.

Sword fighting tourneys, I declare,
Have been the most proliferate.
So many pirates take great care
In making sure to cultivate
This skill, with which they can sedate
Their enemies, with whom they brawl.
And of these, I'll reiterate -
I've tried, and failed, to win them all!

The Drinking tourneys are not rare
And these I do anticipate.
And forum-based events, I swear,
Bring out amazing skills, innate.
But I, a poet (second rate),
Do not allow my will to pall,
My goal is to participate,
I've tried, and failed, to win them all.


My lady, if it were my fate,
To never make the final call,
The next event, I'll still await,
I've tried, and failed, to win them all.




Edit: Word cut-and-paste issues - first there was no apostrophes, then when I added them, there magically appeared question marks with each one... all fixed now, I think. ;)
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Match 253


The events are so lovely when they stop


The treasure hunt's over, the deadline has passed.
The quiz is just starting, but so much ado;
I stand in the inn, all annoyed and aghast,
As I outline the process again, through and through.
I posted so early, but nobody knew
The rules that I wrote at the top of the thread.
I kept the words simple; they still misconstrue.
Why run an event when you could be in bed?

I'm running a sloop race, they're going so fast
I'm noting the places and times for each crew
No you can't have a parrot for coming in last!
That's just for the winner, we don't yet know who.
The parrot for one, and the cutter for two;
The prizes were there in a list to be read.
That's most impolite, and the same to you too.
Why run an event when you could be in bed?

And now to a tournament, should be a blast,
A nice lot of money, a trinket or two,
A potion, a ticket, a hat unsurpassed,
And still they're complaining, whatever I do;
I swear it's like herding baboons at the zoo.
My eyes red and stinging, my poor aching head;
What made me sign up for this hullabaloo?
Why run an event when you could be in bed?

So Jacquilynne, praises we offer to you;
You gave up your rest and amused us instead.
The poets applaud you, with gratitude true.
Why run an event when you could be in bed?
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Sunday, November 6th, 2005, 8PM PST: Deadline for Round 13 Judging.
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I swear, it's not because I want more poems dedicated to me. There really was a TIE! And thus, we try again:

Round: 13, the second
Form: Ballade
Subject: Poet's Choice
Deadline: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 8PM PST.

 

Form Rules:
  • 28 lines - 3 octets followed by a concluding quatrain known as the envoy.
  • The rhyme scheme is 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3R for each of the octets, and 2 3 2 3R for the envoy. The same rhyme scheme is repeated across stanzas, but the actual rhyme words must not.
  • Each stanza ends with the same line, the refrain (marked 3R above). It may vary in punctuation, and even spelling, but not in sound.
  • Each stanza should carry an unbroken sense, and not be split into two quatrains or thoughts.
  • The envoy is addressed to the patron of the poet (that'd be me, in this case, ha!) and it is usual to begin it with an enthusiastic invocation of the patron.


Form Suggestions:
  • The envoy is both a dedication and a conclusion, and should be richer in wording and imagery than the other stanzas.
  • Octameter (either trochaic or iambic) is the usual meter, but not strictly required.


Administrivia:
I'm setting a fairly long deadline, since these seem quite difficult. Once both poets have submitted, I'll end the round and set up the judging thread.

It didn't seem useful to post a round bracket, since there's only, ya know, one match. So, Round 13 bracket is Match 253 - Bladen v. Crystal.

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Jacquilynne
Elder Cod of The Yo-Ho Yo-Yos, Looterati
Ruby Arch: Where the brigands are Ultimate and the players used to be.
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Match 253 parte the seconde


Easily Amused

The forum at large filled my stomach with dread;
Admitting it caused me a strange sense of shame.
I made a resolve and to Shore Leave I sped,
To see how the stars built their internet fame,
Performing to rapturous readers' acclaim.
There's much to amuse, and still more to confuse.
The spam and the nonsense led me to exclaim
"I'll stick to the comfort of Mariner's Muse".

I moved on to Game Design, tried that instead,
Where somebody had an idea for the game.
I bet that he wished he had left it unsaid,
As another responded at once with a flame:
"We've heard that before, get a life, you're so lame".
The fight that ensues changing nobody's views.
But still they continued the bout just the same.
I'll stick to the comfort of Mariner's Muse.

I rallied and tried out another new thread -
To Parley I ventured, my fear overcame.
I sighed with dejection at most that I read,
And watched as two sides leapt to hand out the blame,
Each loudly contending a different claim,
So slow to excuse and so quick to accuse,
They talked round in loops with no obvious aim.
I'll stick to the comfort of Mariner's Muse.

Dear Jacquilynne, back to your shelter I came.
I laugh and enthuse at the posts I peruse.
So thrilled to be home that I proudly proclaim
"I'll stick to the comfort of Mariner's Muse".
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Match 253 (b)


The Kraken and Marie

T'was long ago, and far away, in pouring rain and skies of grey,
It started out as any day that she and I were filled with glee
She asked if we could go for tea, I thought it sounded quite cliché
Suggesting that we might delay, because of wind and choppy sea,
No sooner had I made decree, than her sweet eyes looked up at me
And how could I deny her plea? A single glance could melt my will
But reminiscing brings a chill, repeating mem'ries of debris,
And in my thoughts, each night and day, the kraken - how it haunts me still

The nearest inn, not far away, was only just across the bay
To walk would take almost a day, so we would sail, most usua'ly
She loved the rain, she felt so free, she said it washed her cares away
However, on that fateful day, because of rain, I could not see
The danger that lay underneath, awaiting me and my Marie
We hadn't any time to flee, but with a noise so loud and shrill
The thought of it still brings a chill along with hate, beyond degree,
And in my thoughts, each night and day, the kraken - how it haunts me still

Our sturdy ship, it would betray us to the tentacles as prey
When finally the hull gave way, a slimy arm had grabbed her knee
I tried with all my might to free her from the danger of the fray
But so it was, to my dismay, that she became an abductee
I floated there, out past the quay, for many hours, wantingly,
The rain, it passed, eventu'ly, and there I vowed that I'd fulfill
With fortitude and strength of will, what would become my destiny,
And in my thoughts, each night and day, the kraken - how it haunts me still

M'lady, Jacquilynne, you see, my course is set, I guarantee,
That to avenge my dear Marie, the Kraken I will surely kill
I do it not for fame or thrill, m'Lady, quite contrarily,
And in my thoughts, each night and day, the kraken - how it haunts me still
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Oh. Ahem. Yes. Deadline tonight.

/me coughs.

Friday, November 11, 5AM PST: Deadline for Round 13 1/2 judging.
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