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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)

TITLE: Neuroses Nemesis
By Holly Westefeld
11/20/08


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Neuroses Nemesis

To wrap or open--I don't know
Which one I like the best,
But truly loathe how some do both;
It really makes me stressed.

My husband is allotted his
Own wrapping paper roll,
Because my mate cannot cut straight,
The scissors can't control.

I've always pledged a ragged edge
Will not mar what I wrap,
And every fold is crisp and bold,
Just like a brand new map.

I use the finest tape so I
Can fix the smallest flaw,
The tags and bows precisely pose--
Disorder churns my craw.

I gladdest greet those boxes neat,
So easy to adorn,
But wrap and tape the oddest shape
With paper never torn.

It's such a crime when I take time
To wrap gifs nice and neat,
When someone rips my work to strips,
Not cherishing my feat.

So consequently I attempt
To value others' art,
I've never lacked to leave intact
Their wrappings and their heart.

The lazy I'll drive crazy while
Each ribbon I untie,.
I wouldn't dare to cause a tear--
I'd almost rather die.

Whoa! What is this? The lazy's bliss?
Oh surely I will gag!
No art or craft--they must be daft
To wrap gifts in a bag!


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Marilyn Schnepp 11/20/08
Cute and very unique! I liked the thoughts. One suggestion: Due to the way it is written, unfinished sentences on each line...I would have put the two lines together making each line complete. But that's just my opinion. Great Job!
Jan Ackerson 11/20/08
This is masterful! I love your enjambment, and also your expert use of internal rhyme. Those goodies aside, this poem just tickled my funny bone, as I'm the EXACT opposite. I throw every gift in a bag that I possibly can, and I rip and tear ferociously. Great title, too.
Tammy Bovee11/20/08
Very cute, very honest-the honesty every writer needs to embrace. I love the line, "disorder turns my craw". You wrapped this gift of words beautifully in an entertaining poem. Thank you for sharing!
Teresa Lee Rainey11/21/08
LOVE THIS!!!

You have perfectly described my grandmother. She can no longer wrap our gifts herself, but still has Mom or one of my aunts do it for her. . . under her supervision of course! :)
Norma-Anne Hough11/22/08
I'm afraid I fall into the rip and open category. My daughters also do my wrapping. Liked your thoughts.
Love,
Norms
Pamela Kliewer11/22/08
Oh, this is great! Love it.
Catrina Bradley 11/24/08
LOL! Super work. I love the internal rhymes and the bouncy meter. I'm a persnickety wrapper, too, but have learned to not let my husband's less-than-perfect wrapping bother me. I've also been using a few bags the past few years [GASP!].
Sharon Kane11/25/08
You had fun writing this one!! I think I used to wrap presents carefully, long ago, before the baby boys arrived. Their haste to open everything, coupled with having to applaud their early efforts at wrapping our gifts 'cured' me. Content aside, in a literary sense I loved it. Very clever rhymes without forcing the vocabulary to fit.
Leah Nichols 11/26/08
Very clever rhyme and fun to read as well - Nice job!
Charla Diehl 11/26/08
This is great. Wrapping beautifully is not one of my gifts--I've used the funny papers when desperate, I've decorated paper bags too. I truly got a chuckle from this and your rhymes and rhythm are perfect.