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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: Wellington, The Talk of Baxter County
By Beth LaBuff


In the heart of Baxter County,
Cross the creek and down the road,
Where the breeze was always gentle
And the hayfield freshly mowed.
On an eighty acre homestead,
That had field corn on the ear,
Lived a farmer and his lady
Known as Ed and Mrs. Greer.

Each morn while bacon sizzled,
Through the window pane Ed gazed
At his lush and verdant cornfield
And the steer that nearby grazed.
‘Twas the talk of Baxter County
This three-quarter ton prize steer,
A Hereford they called Wellington,
Pride of Ed and Mrs. Greer.

The corn was past the tassel stage
With not a weed or thorn.
The market futures brightly gleamed
With four buck a bushel corn.
They hoped for record harvest
And a profitable year,
Dreams the bank account would swell
Of Ed and Mrs. Greer.

Their prospects rich with golden grain,
Then pesky thoughts arose
‘Bout the fence post that was leaning
Pressing corn down in the rows.
Last winter when the snow fell,
“Why didn’t you persevere,
Grab hammer, nails and mend the fence?”
Queried Mrs. to Ed Greer.

Then came springtime with the planting,
Where from sun to sun he sowed.
That left no time to fix the fence
That listed, swayed, and bowed.
And with the summer’s sunshine
And fishing off pond’s pier,
No thought about the fence occurred
To Ed or Mrs. Greer.

More than bacon started sizzling
The next morning when Ed peered
Out the window at the pasture
For Wellington disappeared.
And corn was trampled to the ground
‘Twas then with realized fears,

The next morning out the window,
And with no spared expense,
Mr. Greer viewed with pride
His new barbed wire fence.
The county grapevine buzzed again
In Baxter county’s ears,
On the menu was Beef Wellington
At Ed and Mrs Greer’s.

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darlene hight01/10/08
Love it! Way too much fun and very creative. Great job!
LauraLee Shaw01/10/08
I enjoyed this clever rhyme.
Sarah Engle01/10/08
This is my favorite entry I have read so far! I love poetry for one. But, the picture you were able to paint was so close to home for me, being an Iowa Girl at heart. After reading your entry, I began thinking in meter! I enjoyed the first verse that mentioned a corn field on the "ear" of the property. :) Nice pun, even though it may not have been intended! I could clearly picture the Greers, their steer and their ears...of corn, that is...developing wonderfully in this poetic description of "A Stitch in Time." Kudos to you...I thoroughly enjoyed this entry and I hope my long, drawn-out praise of it will contribute to how it places! :)
Dee Yoder 01/11/08
So funny! Poor Wellington. Clever, cute, and great fun to read!
Benjamin Graber01/11/08
I love it... :) So funny!
Linda Watson Owen01/12/08
What a delightful poem! You have us all smiling and chuckling all the way through! I would say "Well done!" but in memory of Wellington, I'll just say, "Super job!" instead. ;-)
Marilyn Schnepp 01/12/08
Loved this poetic, creative and humorous take on our Topic this week! Very nicely done! (one tiny suggestion in the 4th verse to make it flow a little smoother..."Queried Mrs.to Mister Greer.") Super job! Kudos!
Joanne Sher 01/12/08
A fun piece - that last stanza definitely tickled me. Love these story poems, and you (yes, I believe I know who you are LOL) are one of the best. Nice work.
Emily Gibson01/12/08
simply brilliant!
Joy Faire Stewart01/13/08
This made me chuckle; love it. Perfect for this week's topic.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/13/08
Priceless--So well done--One of my favorites this week
Gerald Shuler 01/14/08
If I guessed correctly you have been my mentor since my first entry as a Beginner. This entry is a prime example of why.
I I guessed wrong... well, you rival my mentor.
Gerald Shuler 01/14/08
Fine way to communicate with a mentor...
Should have been "IF I was wrong"
dub W01/15/08
Creative, loved the pace, the last stanza was great. Thanks.
Jan Ackerson 01/16/08
Extremely clever, great poetic elements, witty and fun to read.
Hanne Moon 01/16/08
What a wonderful piece! I loved it! Great use of poetry!
Sara Harricharan 01/16/08
Ooooh...LOL! I liked that. I saw that something would be happening to the precious corn if that fence didn't go up soon...but you made the outcome hilarious and showed how the Ed happily put up a new fence. Great job. ^_^
Sharlyn Guthrie01/16/08
I love everything about this...the agricultural theme, the humor, the rhythm/rhyme scheme, and the subtle, but obvious message. Excellent writing.
Karen Wilber01/16/08
Oh, this is a winner IMHO. Where to start? The repetition of the "Greers" at the end of each stanza is great. The story develops so well. But the best part is the punchline at the end. The last 2 lines are soooo perfect. Bravo! Well done, Wellington! (oops, sorry)
Loren T. Lowery01/16/08
An ironic message delivered in poetic verse. Now that takes talent and creativity both. Well done! Or should that be medium rare? : )
Tim Pickl01/16/08
This one reads like a song! I can almost hear Irish music...
Maxx .01/17/08
definitely a favorite! You've done well setting the hook and reeling us home. Great and funny job!
Dianne Janak01/17/08
This was a winner in my book.. one of the best poems I have read in any challenge.. thanks for the smile... a real "master" piece
Henrietta W. Romman02/10/08
I JUST Found this wonderful poem! Hope am not too late in congratulating you on it!
It is great! Thank you Sister.
Betsy Markman04/25/08
Loved it! Spent a few years living in Iowa, so I can picture the acres of corn. The rhythm and rhyme were good, and Beef Wellington on the menu made me laugh aloud. Thanks for the great read.
Joanne Sher 07/11/08
I LOVE this - I am SO glad you joined us for Fiction Fridays, so I have an excuse to read your amazing stuff again (oh, and are you implying, since this is in Friday FICTION, that this is not based on a true story?? I'm shocked! hehe). Soooo fun !
Yvonne Blake 07/11/08
Beffy, always love your poems! I love the laughs, too. Glad you joined us on FRIDAY FICTION. from Vonnie
Julie Arduini07/11/08
This is a compliment but the entire time I had this to the tune of the Gambler by Kenny Rogers. I loved the flow and humor, and so glad you shared it with Fiction Friday.
Sara Harricharan 07/11/08
Heehee-glad I got to read this one again. ^_^ (and I'm glad ya joined the Friday Fiction group too!)
Patty Wysong07/14/08
LoL--Beth, I absolutely love your poems!! They are WONderful!! Hugs!!