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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)

TITLE: Don Diego's Family
By Beth LaBuff
06/12/08


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The heart of old New Mexico
‘Twas the chosen venue
For the Don Diego family
Reunion rendezvous.

Don Diego was a rancher
Owned Brahmas--registered,
Had a bull known as El Toro,
That would mill amongst the herd.

Señoritas and señoras,
Occupied with preparation,
Made tacos and tamales
For the family celebration.

Pans of enchiladas fashioned
According to tradition,
And seasoned with hot peppers
Per a Spanish composition.

With aunts and uncles seated
After the prayer was heard,
There were missing enchiladas
All the pans had been pilfered.

They wondered who absconded
With the food of their tradition
They glanced around then started
Their own Spanish inquisition.

They interrogated cousins
To find out who might know
And to ascertain the fearless
Enchilada bandito.

Unable to uncover the
Info they were after,
For the only one engorging was
El Toro in the pasture.

All eyes then turned at once, en masse,
And soon realized their plight
As the lone remaining enchilada
Disappeared from sight.

Then a mass evacuation –
Like soldiers off to war,
As the Don Diego family
Became Spanish matadors.

The reunion of this family
Reconvened to their delight
In the pasture with El Toro
For a bona fide bull fight.

Shouts of “Toro, toro, toro
With a waving red-cape flag,
El Toro, in excitement, thought
‘Twas just a game of tag.

Slowly Don Diego’s family,
Began to realize
There was no need to shoot the bull.
It came as a surprise.

So after tag they played charades,
The tacos were forgotten,
While Don Diego’s family
And El Toro gorged on fun.

Now every year about this time
At Don Diego’s place,
They have a game of softball
And El Toro plays third base.


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Joanne Sher 06/14/08
hehe - cute and fun. Love the "spanish inquisition" and "enchilada bandito." SO fun - and I believe I recognize the author :) Nicely done!
Karen Wilber 06/14/08
"Shoot the bull" LOL (I hope you meant the double meaning.) Fun poem. I could go for an enchilada right now.
Colin Swann06/21/08
Thanks you masters for your expertise and encouragement that we writers experience from you, right from starting out as beginners.
Helen Murray08/08/08
This one had me absolutely roaring with laughter. I can just see it all! You could make a fab children's book out of this!