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Coin Toss

Six hundred entries!
Oh, my word!
Nevertheless, we had agreed
to judge this contest.
I asked him to read each 
and choose his top twenty.
I did the same, placing a star
in the top right corner
of each choice.

We sat to compare. We agreed 
on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
We agreed on 1st HM and 2nd HM.
Though we wrangled, each
defending stated opinions,
but could not agree on who 
would take last place.

Third Honorable Mention
in the Annual Wyoming State
Poetry Contest of 2014,
won by ‘luck of the draw.’
We flipped a coin.

Copyright © Cona Adams | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 11/15/2016 1:05:00 PM

    It only happens when you have two judges who can't agree, and would never be done unless you've gotten down to the Honorable Mentions where no prize is involved. Most of the time, the difficult decisions occur when all the poems entered are so excellent, it's hard to distinguish between them.
  1. Date: 11/15/2016 12:58:00 PM

    I wonder how many times this happens in reality...maybe more than we think. Interesting concept for a poem. Beverly
  1. Date: 11/15/2016 11:33:00 AM

    - Not easy to choose a winner - Great written, Cona - Anne-Lise :)