Humbugardy: Subjective for 600
by Score Bard
2005-11-08 20:37

This is round 2 of Humbugardy. I’m your host, Alex Scorebard.

 

As judged by the host on the morning of November 10, 2005, the best original haiku about Wrigley Field.

 

Note: In this round, searching the web is allowed.

 

Numb3r5 Sudoku 6th Degree Quotes What and Where Anagram Lines Subjective
200 Bob Timmerman Bob Timmerman 200 For The Turnstiles deadteddy8
400 For The Turnstiles For The Turnstiles 400 Joe 400
For The Turnstiles Bob Timmerman Bob Timmerman 600 For The Turnstiles graciebarn
T J 800 For The Turnstiles Murray argosy 800
1000 1000 1000 Bob Timmerman For The Turnstiles 1000
Comments: 34
1.   Score Bard
2005-11-08 20:39

1.  Take your time. You have until Thursday morning to get it right.

2.   King of the Hobos
2005-11-08 21:02

2.  Take your time? Why, when I can show off my amazing poetry skills today? Please don't laugh

What is...

Shrine of the Cubbies,
So long labored before night;
Everywhere, Ivy.

...?

3.   Joe
2005-11-08 22:40

3.  What is

The friendly confines,
Home of Bartman and Caray,
"Let's play two," said Banks.

?

4.   Philip Michaels
2005-11-08 23:57

4.  What is:

Home Run Derby park
Angels' home for one season
Wait -- wrong Wrigley Field

?

5.   Hank
2005-11-09 00:05

5.  What is:

Classic ivied walls
Finance mediocrity.
No need to compete.

?

6.   yankee23
2005-11-09 00:10

6.  What is...

The ivy--Veeck's mark,
the wind toward Lake Michigan:
'Hey, Hey' a home run.

...?

7.   The Cheat
2005-11-09 00:36

7.  What is...

House of broken dreams
That's okay, baseball's champs play
just eight miles away

?

8.   Derek Smart
2005-11-09 06:46

8.  Geez, there are so many directions to go with this. The first one is my entry, the second is one I had too much fun making up to keep to myself.

What is…

Ivy changes in season
Bare to green to red
Dying promise runs crimson

?

And the non-entry version:

"Beer here! Beer here! Beer here! Beer!"
Trixies flock, drooling,
Craving brewed bliss and husbands.

9.   jonnystrongleg
2005-11-09 07:50

9.  What is...

They chant "Throw it back!"
Pry it out of my dead hand.
First time at Wrigley?

10.   Stevens
2005-11-09 08:30

10.  What is

Enter first from Addison
Slowly rise the stairs
Your next sight is summertime

?

11.   nickb
2005-11-09 09:08

11.  What is

Blue skies and green grass
Baseball's most halcyon place
Summer at its best

?

12.   Bob Timmermann
2005-11-09 09:15

12.  Home Run Derby, No!
Gilbert Lindsay's park remains
Memories all gone

13.   Cliff Corcoran
2005-11-09 09:43

13.  What is . . .

Ivy covered brick
Sun bleaches shirtless diehards
Parched from Series drought

?

14.   Cliff Corcoran
2005-11-09 09:44

14.  I should add that the last line of my haiku was almost "Everyone else works."

15.   Derek Smart
2005-11-09 09:48

15.  "Geez, there are so many directions to go with this."

And apparently, one of them was to reverse the traditional syllable count. Phththttttt!

Well, just in case Alex is feeling generous, here are the reworked versions of my entry and non-entry:

What is...

Bare to green to red
Ivy turns with the seasons
Promise runs crimson

?

And the non-entry:

Trixies flock, drooling,
"Beer here! Beer here! Beer here! Beer!"
Husband hunting lushes

16.   Stevens
2005-11-09 09:55

16.  I reversed the syllable count too. It was a mistake, but I think I like it better that way. After all, syllables are the most overrated part of Haiku.

17.   misterjohnny
2005-11-09 10:12

17.  Ivy covered bricks,
Drunken cheers from the bleachers
Loveable losers.

18.   danwilson
2005-11-09 10:30

18.  What is:

Addison at Clark
I caught a ball on Waveland
windy autumn bliss

19.   Shaun P
2005-11-09 12:49

19.  What is:

Neifi! Dusty! Yick.
But ivy! And sweet, sweet beer!
Ah, life at Wrigley

?

---

(Umm, beer. Truly the solution to all of life's problems. ;)

20.   graciebarn
2005-11-09 13:50

20.  It's a lipogram!

What is:

In this park ivy
Grows up brick walls, spiraling
With optimism.

?

21.   lboros
2005-11-09 14:08

21.  the baseball's no good
but there's a lot to be said
for drunk bleacher babes

22.   lboros
2005-11-09 14:08

22.  i'm sorry ---

WHAT IS

the baseball's no good
but there's a lot to be said
for drunk bleacher babes

23.   Humma Kavula
2005-11-09 16:49

23.  what is

gonfalon bubbles
pricked ruthlessly, but theirs or
ours? who's pricking whom?

?

If I got a vote, which I don't, and I had to vote for someone other than myself, I would vote for Hank in #5.

24.   For The Turnstiles
2005-11-09 17:49

24.  What is

Home of Elwood Blues
Ten-sixty West Addison
So says his license

25.   T J
2005-11-09 18:17

25.  What is

"Kiss my f*ckin' ass
right downtown and print it" said
Manager Elia

?

26.   Strike4
2005-11-09 23:39

26.  What is

"Let's play two!" he said
The faithful wait til next year
Bricks, ivy, hot dogs

?

27.   deadteddy8
2005-11-10 01:48

27.  What is...

Where green seats, blue caps,
the promise of red ivy,
and sunlight converge.

?

28.   Sam DC
2005-11-10 07:11

28.  Turnstiles -- that is a great Haiku.

29.   Score Bard
2005-11-10 08:39

29.  The winner is graciebarn, not only for the lipogram haiku, but for the best image.

The first three syllables of the poem don't do much, but graciebarn overcomes that weak start with an image that both brings the park to life with motion, and lets the ivy represent something larger: the Cub fans themselves.

Nicely done, graciebarn. You may choose the next category...

30.   Bob Timmermann
2005-11-10 08:53

30.  Obviously the Bard hit "submit" before he passed away.

31.   Score Bard
2005-11-10 08:54

31.  Fixed it, and

32.   Sam DC
2005-11-10 09:13

32.  While not necessarily a Haiku, Stevens #10 is great too.

33.   Stevens
2005-11-10 09:46

33.  Sam DC, I am in your debt.

34.   graciebarn
2005-11-10 13:50

34.  Thanks! I've got to say, everyone's were great, and I figured a lipogram would be my best shot at uniqueness. Usually it's a difficult one without entries, or easy (Mayan Numerals) and I'm way too late. I like this category, so I'll take the same for 800.

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