The 9 ers


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    A little tongue in cheek encouraging OP to come out with a new poem rating system and weekly poem of the week selection process. 

    The 9 ers


    How lucky we all are as poem writers on OP

    Blessed with friends that follow our so called poetry

    They are gracious and kind and skilled at their craft

    Enjoying our writings regardless of how daft


    Poems come and go some good and some bad

    The ratings are posted from the scoring launch pad

    A 10 if you are lucky and if not what the heck

    The whole rating system is a pain in the neck


    We post our writes and the scores role in

    Everyone hoping for that perfect 10

    Weekly winners are chosen; how no one knows      

    A perfect score of 10 required to be in the show


    Fifteen comments you can have; all ratings at 10

    And then along comes a 9er and your foiled once again

    Just one 9 can do it sending your poem a tumbling

    No crying or whining no sense in you grumbling


    The 9ers are out there just waiting to strike

    And your poem of the century will take its last strike

    Most 9ers are honest; they grade what they feel

    Others refuse to give a 10 no matter the poems appeal.


    So the current scoring system just has to go

    We’ve been waiting for months for the new system to show

    Papa is our man he speaks honest and true

    Send him an encouraging note and let’s bid the old system adieu


    ©Copyright Charles Gragg December 1, 2009.  

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    xborntobeweirdx commented on The 9 ers


    lol! Love it! This was very well written an a great read.



    Thanks, I am glad you liked it.

    MindNumbing commented on The 9 ers


    HAHA!! Fantastic, Hampton!! And I second the nomination for a new rating system!



    Many thanks.

    WordSlinger commented on The 9 ers


    The Ninerick- This is something I shall tell you son Zero is zero, then it becomes one Nine’s higher than ten The zero starts again So do your comparison Outdone, Outrun, and sure Overdone Nine is Fine give Me Mine, my son You are on my watch list Thank you for my gift Inspired by Poet Hampton



    Love your new picture.

    devaamido commented on The 9 ers


    Oh, this is funny! Of course! Everybody hates to be graded...And no grading scheme is ever fair, so how could anybody disagree. What we've got is flawed popularity contest, but so what? It's the best we've got! I do think the judges might use a bit more discretion than throwing out anybody's work that receives a "9". Some reviewers obviously don't understand the poem they're reviewing.

    stellar commented on The 9 ers


    Lol...yeah...I've prove it completely...aside from the skill in poetry...this is 50-50///50 percent skills it encompasses all the beauty and form of your poem...the other is luck...well this is just my opinion...the rating is kind of fatalistic...but but but...hope change will



    Thanks for reading. We shall she what happens with the rating system.



    hahaha Hamp...I can strongly relate now...1 person ruins it by giving 9...grrr....I think it's not because of honesty but threat...hahaha...

    A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

    Hampton’s Poems (111)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Searching 5
    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
    Out of the Darkness 15
    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
    Ghostly Images 16
    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
    Love Thy Neighbor 13
    Renewal 8
    The Roar of Silence 17
    Blessed Are These Days 4
    Time and Space 5
    Life's Journey 8
    Gift To The Fallen 16
    Hunger 21
    The Antique Shop 30