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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)

TITLE: a house is just a house
By Amy Michelle Wiley
06/02/08


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a couch is just a couch
until you have it be a boat
and a chair is just a chair
until you make it start to float

then the couch and the chair
with a certain kind of flair
down the river start to rattle
with an umbrella for a paddle

a boy is just a boy
until you have him be a king
and a girl is just a girl
until her shoulder sprouts a wing

then the boy and the girl
with a swoop and a whirl
make the kitchen start to seem
like a castle by a stream

A stair is just a stair
until the lava starts to flow
and a hall is just a hall
until the walls begin to glow

then the stair and the hall
with an eerie-sounding call
start to rattle and to shake
with a spooky kind of quake

a house is just a house
until you fill it up with fun
then a house is just a portal
where adventure has begun!


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Lynda Schultz 06/05/08
Very nice. This brought back memories of some of the adventures my brother and I had in our house-turned… whatever the order of the day was.
Shirley McClay 06/05/08
wow.... absolutely delightful, stunning, beautiful... my favorite challenge entry ever.
Joanne Sher 06/06/08
A poem is just a poem - until this MASTERFUL poet turns it into a delightful piece full of meaning and delight and magic. Lovely!
Carol Wiley06/06/08
What a fun poem. You did a slendid job.
Shirley McClay 06/08/08
Still keep coming back to this one.. I want to make my home magical for my children just like the poem... I want to print it out and hang it on the wall!!
Jan Ackerson 06/08/08
Wonderful children's poem--the sort of thing I'd definitely have read to my little girls.
Beth LaBuff 06/08/08
Wow….truly impressive work on this! I love the meter of this and these lines "then a house is just a portal where adventure has begun!"are awesome! I like the all lower-caseness of this! :)
Emily Gibson06/08/08
I can just see this with lovely creative illustrations as a beloved childrens' book-you definitely need to publish this one.
Debbie Wistrom06/08/08
So cute and fun, I would have like more, but somehow i satisfied anyway.
Beckie Stewart06/08/08
Very clever poem indeed.
Deborah Engle 06/08/08
So fun!
Joshua Janoski06/11/08
This poem definitely had to have been written from personal experience. Isn't it amazing what an ordinary home, coupled with a wild imagination can do for children?

I can see that your imagination has stayed with you into adulthood, and it is a big part of why I think you come up with such fun and original stories (or in this case poems). :)
Helen Dowd 06/11/08
I love the lilt of this. It is light-hearted and full of fun...Greatly deserves to be in Masters, as you are...This would bring giggles to girls and chuckles from little boys...Great. I love it...Helen
Glynis Becker 06/11/08
I love this! The rhythm is perfect and the words are priceless !
Karen Wilber 06/11/08
Oh yes, definitely children's picture book material. Very imaginative.