Text Box: Humour Verse Winners Fourth Quarter 2012

First: A Plea To Seamus Heaney by Melanie Branton

Second: Escape To The Country by Melanie Branton

Third: Pick Any Word At Random by Melanie Branton

Click on the titles to read the three winning poems.

 

Judge’s Report for the fourth quarter of the humour verse competition 2012 from Barbara Scott-Emmett

 

Well, the task of deciding this quarter's top three has indeed been difficult. There were several worthy winners in the shortlist, so in the end it had to come down to personal choice.

For first place I chose A Plea To Seamus Heaney - a poem about a poet. I particularly enjoyed this
because of its unusual subject matter and because it flowed along at a good pace. This poem is entertaining throughout and well structured.

In second place is Escape To The Country. Again the subject matter is original and the poem is easy to read without stumbling over the rhyme scheme. Also, I especially liked the penultimate verse which is cleverly suggestive without being in any way obscene!

Pick Any Word At Random is in third place and this time both the subject matter and the structure are unusual.

As you will see, coming up with something just a bit different is the way to catch the judge's eye.

Another bit of advice I would like to offer to future competitors is this: do make sure your entry is free of spelling mistakes and typos. When I was faced with a choice between two equally good contenders to move from the long list to the shortlist, I always chose the one that was free of errors.

Also, where a poem was otherwise entertaining but had a line or two that didn't seem to scan properly, I'm afraid it went to the back of the queue too. There are only so many poems allowed on the shortlist, so to ensure your place on it, do take care to get everything right.

Thank you everyone for providing such entertaining verses and good luck next time.

 

Barbara’s collection Wasps & Scorpions: Luv Pomes and Other Lies

 

Short list in alphabetical order

 

A Plea to Seamus Heaney by Melanie Branton

Abracadaver by Lucy Brandt

Custard Crime Passionel by Melanie Branton

Escape to the Country by Melanie Branton

Macho Man by Adrian Shaw

Old Banger for Sale by Adrian Shaw

Pick Any Word At Random by Melanie Branton

Snoop by Adrian Shaw

The Dutchman by Maggie Small

Whitby Horror by Hazel Teare

 

Long list in alphabetical order

 

A Plea to Seamus Heaney by Melanie Branton

A View from the Shelf by Anna Mills

Abracadaver by Lucy Brandt

An Englishman’s Lament by Richard Buxton

Custard Crime Passionel by Melanie Branton

Dolly by Adrian Shaw

Escape to the Country by Melanie Branton

Fifty Shades of Gravy by Andy Fawthrop

In the Pub by Pamela Holliday

Incompatible by Martin Parker

Jogging by Adrian Shaw

Love Was Just a Loaf of Bread by Adrian Shaw

Macho Man by Adrian Shaw

My Baby Brother by Martin Parker

Old Banger for Sale by Adrian Shaw

Pick Any Word At Random by Melanie Branton

Seven Ages of Woman by Susanna Clayson

Snoop by Adrian Shaw

The Doggerel Duffer by Jenni Wyn Hyatt

The Dutchman by Maggie Small

The New Vicar by Andy Fawthrop

Trousers by Andy Fawthrop

Whitby Horror by Hazel Teare

Wise about “i”s by Vee Singleton

Yule be Sorry by Giacomina Laura Sheridan