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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: Mother Gets It Right
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Just listen while I tell you, Mom,
About my great new plan.
You’re going to be so proud of me;
You’ll be my biggest fan.

I’ve never tried to write before,
But I’m convinced I can.
I’ll start with a biography
Of some important man.

Then you can watch while I progress
As writer of renown,
My interviews upon TV.
I’ll be the toast of town

I don’t need any writing class;
I’m ready to jump in.
For sure, I’ll be a huge success
And lots of prizes win.

On research I won’t waste my time.
Who cares about the past.
I’ll make the facts up as I write
From first word to the last.

I don’t know many grammar rules
For proper use and such.
If punctuation’s not correct,
It will not matter much.

Some folks have tried to caution me.
They say to start out slow.
I answer them, “That’s not my style,”
As hurrying I go.

For patience, practice, process, too,
I have no earthly use.
And if I skip a step or two,
I will not make excuse.

What’s that you say? “The Bible says
‘Seek wisdom God provides.
Do not be wise in my own eyes,
But follow where He guides.’”

Forgive me, Mom, for silly pride,
For wanting easy fame.
I’m glad that when I act the fool,
You love me just the same.

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LauraLee Shaw01/24/08
Oh, I love it when MOM gets it right!!!! :) I enjoyed this rhyme...
Holly Westefeld01/26/08
Spot on topic, and nicely crafted. I especially like the last stanza.

Surely none of us have been like this? :-)
Dee Yoder 01/27/08
Love the easy reading, natural rhythm of this poem. The verses expertly express the topic this week, too! Exactly on the mark.
Catrina Bradley 01/27/08
Um, I resemble this:
"Some folks have tried to caution me.
They say to start out slow.
I answer them, “That’s not my style,”
As hurrying I go."
:) A fun poem, love the Proverb paraphrase, and that it was that that changed her mind to listen to her mom.
Debbie Wistrom01/28/08
Great entry!
Joy Faire Stewart01/28/08
Love the words of wisdom at the end. Very enjoyable poem.
Jan Ackerson 01/28/08
Super poem, it's the whole package. Love it!
Sheri Gordon01/28/08
This is very cute, and a great illustration of the topic.
Lynda Schultz 01/28/08
Funny how the older we get, the smarter our mothers seem to have become! Very well done.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge01/30/08
Such an enjoyable read! Great job...
Temple Miller01/30/08
Great meter, great theme, great everything!
Sara Harricharan 01/30/08
Reminds me of 'mother knows best'! This was short and sweet, I liked how the lines rhymed (you're so good at that!) and especially how this new writer was going to be famous-ah, the dreams of fame and fortune. Great writing! ^_^
Joanney Uthe01/30/08
Wonderful poem! I really like how the dreams of fame come before the work of getting there. I also liked the refusal to take a writing class or to pay attention to puncuation. Classic. Great job.
LauraLee Shaw01/31/08
Congratulations on your EC!!!!
MOther gets it right...were the judges all mothers, cuz they got it right!!!! ;)
Sara Harricharan 01/31/08
Way to write, Verna! ***Congrats!***
Beth LaBuff 01/31/08
Verna -- Two weeks in a row! Congrats on your level placing and EC! Wonderful writing here!
Sheri Gordon01/31/08
Way to go Verna. Congratulations on your EC. Great job. :)
Loren T. Lowery01/31/08
Yahoo and welcome to the next room in the tree house!
Kenn Allan01/31/08
Congratulations on your EC placement - and with a POEM, no less. Hooray!
Mariane Holbrook 01/31/08
A well-deserved win, my loving friend. Now it onward and upward! I'm so proud of you!
Linda Watson Owen01/31/08
Way to go, Verna!! It's obvious that you can write with one hand tied behind your back!...literally! Hospitals and surgeries slow most people down, but not you, my friend! Haha! You are really great at showin' us how it's done! I love this delightful poem. Kewl.
Cassandra Carter02/02/08
I love writing poetry and you have given me the inspiration to continue. I love the ending, surely the ultimate plan is to let God lead us. God's blessings to you -keep writing:-)

Karen Wilber02/02/08
Congrats on EC. I chuckled while reading this - I would *never* try to hurry in my writing. ;-D