Thursday, March 15, 2012
Just for Fun?
When I signed up for the March Madness poetry challenge, I told myself it was just for fun. As my turn to write grew closer the idea of fun turned to fear, espcecially when I saw the list of "real" poets who would be participating.
I'm not fast when it comes to writing poetry, and this challenge requires one to write a poem in 36 hours after receiving an assigned word. Thirty-six hours doesn't seem like long, but because I teach an extended day program, I only had a window of about four hours to come up with something I hoped would at least make sense. Again, I tried to convince myself that it wasn't that important, it was just for fun.
So, my poem went "live" this morning, and the voting got started. I didn't think I cared about winning, but suddenly, I REALLY wanted to win. I guess that's human nature. We become competitive, and want to know that our efforts matter. I know I won't get very far in this challenge, but it would be nice to at least get to round 2! I admit my "opponent" wrote a very cool poem. DARN! Why did she have to be so good?
If you haven't checked out the March Madness challenge, take a peek. I'm so impressed by the poems the others came up with. I really am having fun to voting for my favorites. I think you will too!