Ode to Ordinary Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite poems from the Ode to Ordinary Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished about a month ago 2 min read

It's incredibly easy to overlook the mundane. In some ways it's necessary, so we can free our minds to work on life's bigger tasks. But it is the ordinary that holds our lives together. From a bedtime routine to the shoelaces on our shoes, the ordinary, predictable, reliable world allows us to propel ourselves into the abyss.

This poetry challenge prompted you to pause and appreciate the unsung heroes that add value to your daily life. We invited you to bring these everyday items to life in verse. You didn't disappoint. After reading your entries, we took a look at our own lives and said a small thanks to what we so often overlook.

Here are the winners of the Ode to Ordinary Challenge. You can check out the full list of winners HERE.

$500 Grand Prize Winner

Michèle Nardelli for Sock song

Socks. We had a few submissions about them and after looking at our own, we see why. They are truly unsung heroes. Vital for so many of us, often overlooked, worked hard, forgotten. Except when we lose one. Then they rise to the mind, we begin a small panic. Do we keep the sock until we find its mate? Toss it and buy a new pair? Make matches of all the mateless socks? The more we got thinking about socks, the more we realized just how perfectly ordinary and bizarre they are- a perfect subject for an ode.

There was something about the tone of this poem that fit perfectly with the Challenge prompt, too. It was light and fun and yet there was almost a sadness to it. To imbue inanimate objects with emotion is always a pleasure to read and this poem did that wonderfully. This was a very fun (and true!) poem. Congratulations, Michèle Nardelli!

$200 Second Place Winner

Sam Rogers for Slumberland

We received many odes to beds and sleep. But this ode was out of the ordinary. The phrasing and timbre of the poem was tight, reflexive, lush. The writing itself lived up to the importance and luxury of sleep. Of course, this was about the sheets on which we sleep, often forgotten, though without which we would have a rough night. How many of us really think about what we sleep on despite sleeping for a third of our lives (a whole third!)? An ode to sheets seemed perfectly natural and yet even we didn't think of it. This was a beautifully wrought ode. Congratulations, Sam Rogers!

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Petit for Pockets for Women

👏 Clap emoji. Yes. This is exactly correct. Well done, Elizabeth Petit!


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  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • Denise E Lindquistabout a month ago

    Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉

  • Andrew McKenzieabout a month ago

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  • Dean F. Hardyabout a month ago

    I really wanted this one. And I'm gutted not to be on here as a winner. However, I'm equally happy for those who were chosen. It was a great challenge and one I loved doing. Congratulations to all who placed. Enjoy the glory ☘

  • Article Pinsabout a month ago

    👏 👏

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨about a month ago

    Well done 👏 I look forward to reading these today 🥰❤️✨

  • Reality Trekkabout a month ago

    This was such a fun challenge to participate in! I loved seeing all of the creative topics. Can't wait to check out all of the other runners-up!

  • Congratulations Everyone 💖🎉💯❤️

  • A. Lenaeabout a month ago

    Congratulations, everyone!!! The ones I've read have been so powerful, and I'm excited to read more. This is just a genuine question, though: I had interpreted the rules of the challenge as writing about an "item" that is ordinary, which actually made it more difficult for me. Some that I'm reading are not necessarily about an item, but an activity or idea. Should I just consider the rules to be loose suggestions for future challenges?

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Well done, winners!

  • Himanshu Sharmaabout a month ago


  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Congrats to all.

  • Barbara Gode Wilesabout a month ago

    Really good reading!!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Well done, and congratulations one and all.

  • Sid Aaron Hirjiabout a month ago

    grats all

  • Jazzy Gonçalves about a month ago

    Congrats to everyone! What great entries! I read a couple of the runner ups and I'm excited to read the others! 😍

  • Cendrine Marrouatabout a month ago

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • Mother Combsabout a month ago

    Congrats everyone

  • Ashley Limaabout a month ago

    Congratulations everyone :)

  • Judey Kalchik about a month ago

    Congratulations all, for so eloquently pointing out the glory in the ordinary!

  • Chloe Fitzwaterabout a month ago

    Congratulations everyone!

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