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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: You Were Always There
By Yvonne Blake
04/28/08


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My earliest memory is of you.
When my life was fresh and new,
You talked to me,
Sang steadily.
Motherly, soothingly, you were always there.

When I was just a little fellow,
I saw you in red, blue, and yellow.
One, two, and three,
And A, B, C.
Motherly, teacherly, you were always there.

I rushed home from school each day,
Not wanting any longer to stay.
You showed me toys,
And showed me joys.
Motherly, pleasurely, you were always there.

I listened to your tales by the hours,
Of knights rescuing maidens in towers,
Of silly toons,
And desert dunes.
Motherly, adventurely, you were always there.

And when I bought my very own place,
I made sure you had a special space.
Day and night,
Black and white.
Motherly, faithfully, you were always there.

There was nothing you didn’t know,
Latest fashions, going to snow…
Cooking, history,
Sailing, mystery.
Motherly, instructively, you were always there.

You always took good care of me,
Even when nothing ever came free.
Warned me of ills,
Offered me pills.
Motherly, caringly, you were always there.

Sometimes now, when you aren’t quite right,
Your face looks speckled, your tone not bright,
I need not care,
Your quality’s rare.
Motherly, enduringly, you’re always there.

I’ve heard that you are going change
Into something wonderful and strange.
I don’t know why.
T’will make me cry.
My dear television, you’ll always be there.


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Sara Harricharan 05/02/08
Heehee, quite a twist here at the end! Very creative!

I liked the clue with "silly toons" Very nice. Great job. ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/03/08
I was thinking, "What a strange mother!" Then I felt silly for not catching on. Great job--great twist.
Joanne Sher 05/04/08
So VERY clever. Bet this was fun to write. Gave me a giggle!
Joy Faire Stewart05/05/08

This was fun and caught me off guard. Very creative!
LauraLee Shaw05/06/08
This was more than just funny and clever. Wow, that packed some punch! What an effective way of sending a message to parents allowing the TV to be their child's main influence. Love this!
Beth LaBuff 05/06/08
I think you captured the Mom/baby-sitter of today. :) Your poetry form is very creative and I really like your rhyme scheme in this. Your sense of humor is great. Very nice work!
Peter Stone05/06/08
So creative! And sadly, so true. So many families let the TV raise their kids while they go to work.