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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Tutankhamen -- Romance on the Nile
By Beth LaBuff
03/05/08


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Adrift among the bulrushes
Upon the river Nile,
A lily pad meandered --
An aquatic floating isle.

The lily pad’s lone occupant
A bullfrog -- Tutankhamen,
Would sun upon yon’ lily pad,
Then swim, then sun again.

Life, unharried, drifted out
Amongst the river folk,
Speaking when the spirit moved,
His solitary “croak.”

Tut came from royal bloodlines.
His lineage -- traced with pride
To kindred frogs in Pharaoh’s halls,
On his mummy’s side --

Four thousand generations back,
Give or take a few,
To frogs in Egypt’s kneading troughs
And those in oven’s stew.

His lily pad, with leak issues,
Drooped on it’s starboard side.
It caused Tut’s leg to ebb and flow
And dangle in the tide.

His marinated frog leg
Showed dire discoloration --
A sickly sort of sallow xanthous
Chartreuse combination.

How does one hide a mismatched leg
Or cloak humiliation?
His personal plague, thorn in the flesh --
Disgraceful situation.

Tut hopped to town to seek out shops
So that he might compare
The price to stabilize his pad
With leak and droop repair.

The knowledgeable merchant
Insisted that he knew
Precisely what his pad would need --
New gutters, paint, and glue.

Tut juggled all his purchases
As he hopped out the door
To a “Thank you, please come back again”
From Bart’s Botanical Store.

Before he’d taken twenty steps
He lost his gutter grip.
Paint then glue and gutters flew
And that caused Tut to trip.

His flailing leg flashed like a light,
Stopped traffic on the road.
And caught the eye and interest of
One Cleopatra Toad.

Miss Cleo’s fairy tale world
Desired hoppy bliss,
With visions of a frog turned prince
After a magic kiss.

Enamored with Tut’s garish leg,
‘Cause printed in black ink
She’d read in Fashion Magazine,
“Chartreuse is the new pink.”

Epilogue
A cloud burst on the lily pad
New gutters were in use.
Two amphibians, eight total legs --
Seven green and one chartreuse.


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Beverly Caviness03/06/08
That's so funny. I had no idea where it was going. I liked the surprise ending.
Amy Michelle Wiley 03/06/08
That was too funny. LOL!
Sharlyn Guthrie03/08/08
You get my vote for creativity! You also managed to infuse a serious topic with oodles of fun!
Holly Westefeld03/08/08
This was a creative and fun read. My favorite verse was:
"Before he’d taken twenty steps
He lost his gutter grip.
Paint then glue and gutters flew
And that caused Tut to trip."

Greater attention to meter would make an already enjoyable poem even better.
Patty Wysong03/08/08
Fun!! I loved the reference back to the frogs in Egypt's kneading troughs and those in oven's stew--as well as all those word plays. Another fun one! :)
Sara Harricharan 03/13/08
ROFL! This is too funny. I thought this was a story and was pleasantly surprised to discover it was a poem. A very well-written, and hilarious one from a frog's POV! I loved the lines with Miss Cleo and especially with the 'new pink'. lol. This was very fun to read-tops on the creativity metere. Congrats on your EC! ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/13/08
Your poetry is delightful fun--such a gift you have. Congratulations on being the best of Masters--no easy achievement, as well as 3rd in EC. You rock!
Shelley Ledfors 03/13/08
This is just delightful! I hadn't had a chance to read it until after the results postings. Congrats on your well-deserved EC!
Sheri Gordon03/13/08
Congratulations on your EC. This is too funny--very clever. Great job with the topic.
Dianne Janak03/13/08
Beth, Congrats on your win! Your poem is absolutely adorable and brilliant.. celebrate this win with joy! You deserved it! :)
Joanne Sher 03/13/08
Oh, Beffy - this is absolutely delightful and fun and silly and masterful! Congratulations, my dear, dear friend, on your well-deserved placing.
Henrietta W. Romman03/13/08
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord! How did I ever miss this lovely poem? It brings great smiles..it is SO SO much to the point of letting readers burst with laughter! Thank you.

You have blessed my evening as I discovered its compelling presence. One cannot just pass it by.

Your use of multi-colored expressions add to the beauty of hearty and humorous as well as
highly descriptive stanzas!

Dear Beth, May God always bless you with more of this lovely poetry! Amen.
Bill Grimes04/04/08
Brilliant verse and imagination......A delightful poem indeed.

Bill :-)
Helen Dowd 04/05/08
How very clever! I loved your poetry, your wit. This poem is a combination of humour and history, enticing the reader to keep reading. My knowledge of Tut is negligible. But a picture of Egypt along the Nile was pleasurable. Great writing!!!...Helen (thanks for your comment on my "Discussion Between Casey and Helen.")
Mariane Holbrook04/18/08
I don't know how I missed seeing this but I'm so glad I ran across it! It's just about the most creative, clever, imaginative poem I've read in a very long time. I must take the time to go through much more of your work because I have a feeling I've been missing out on a very big literary feast! Belated kudos!
Yvonne Blake 10/10/08
Beffy, I hadn't read this one...must have been busy that week!
Smile! I love all your animal antics. You've got to compile them into a book!
Betsy Markman10/10/08
You have one wild imagination, girl!
Joanne Sher 10/10/08
This is SO classic Beffy! LOVE it, girl! Giggles and fun and MASTERFUL at once :D
LauraLee Shaw10/10/08
You are a masterful poet and the Queen of wit! so creative. Love it!!!
Patty Wysong10/10/08
Your imagination in amazing, Beth! It completely blows me away! I love it!