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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: Rains Came Down And Floods Came Up
By Mariane Holbrook


Maude and Blanche rushed through their breakfast,
Not a minute left to spare;
Hardly time to check their make up,
Let alone to fix their hair.

Maude was rinsing off the dishes
When she heard the music stop.
From the country music station,
Jack let this announcement drop:

“Let me have your full attention.
Things are really bad outside.
We’ve had rain for several days now;
It appears it won’t subside.

”We’ve received an urgent message;
It’s a public service thing.
Men are working on the phone lines;
It’s the worst it’s been all spring.

“All the lines are filled with water;
(These things happen now and then.)
It will take a few short hours
Til you use your phone again.

“First you place your phone receiver
Into something three feet high.
Let the water from the phone line
Run out til the line is dry.”

Maude and Blanche grabbed two tall trash cans;
Placed the phones as they were told.
Then they listened to the station
Just to see how it’d enfold.

All throughout this mountain county
Lines were busy, turmoil reigned.
Thousands kept a patient vigil
While their lines were being drained.

Then young Jack down at the station
Saw his boss burst through the door.
“Pack your things and just get out, kid,
You don’t work here anymore.

“Why’d you make that fake announcement?
We’ll be sued for all we’ve got!
Businesses are closed for hours.
I’m just glad I wasn’t shot!”

Jack just sat, uncomprehending.
Looking like he’d have a stroke.
“Sir, it wasn’t really nothin’
But an April Fool’s Day joke!

“If you’d give me one more minute
So I could apologize
To my fans who’ve listened to me,
Folks I love and idolize.”

Picking up his trusty hand mike,
Jack’s good sense just went awry.
“Put your phone back on its cradle,
All your lines are drained and dry.

“Once more all the phones are working.
Mop the water from your floor.”
And with that, the station’s bosses
Sent Jack sailing through the door.

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Lynda Schultz 07/24/08
Hilarious! It sounds vaguely like something someone did for real somewhere??????
Joanne Sher 07/24/08
What a riot!! Immensely creative and absolutely delightful. (Is this based on a true story?)
Charla Diehl 07/24/08
I like this! I'm still smiling as I enjoyed this light-hearted comedic take on the topic. Great job!
Arlene Showalter07/25/08
Great and super great. I could just see those two girls solemnly "draining" their lines!
Helen Dowd07/26/08
Oh it is so good to read a little levity once in a while. I loved the lilt of this funny poem. It certainly painted some interesting word pictures...Could have happened--almost--in some places in the country, from what we have been seeing on the news...Thanks for the good laugh...I needed that. Have had a stressful week...Love and cheers...Helen
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/27/08
Hehe, I've heard this joke before. Fun to read it in rhyme.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/27/08
Great job of story telling...Great job of rhyme and rhythm...great job of entertaining...great job of making me laugh. Thanks!
Carole Robishaw 07/28/08
Loved this, really funny. Now that's an April fool's joke to remember.
George Parler 07/28/08
LOL, Good job. Great rhythm and and a good laugh all in the same article. I actually know some people who would have followed through with it. LOL

Truly a funny story told well.
Joy Faire Stewart07/28/08
Oh, this is delightful, love the humor.
Edy T Johnson 07/28/08
Oh, friend, you know just how to do it: write poetry, tell a terrific improbable but true story, and make your readers laugh outloud. Set this to music and you have a ballad for Aaron Willburn to sing to his side-split audiences. I just LOVE you!
Betty Castleberry07/28/08
What fun! As always, excellent rhythm and rhyme. I loved this entertaining poem.
Lyn Churchyard07/28/08
Aww Mariane, you are such a hoot! This was so much fun to read.
Shirley McClay 07/30/08
This is amazing! I can also see this as a fun song.
Sara Harricharan 07/30/08
ROFL!!! This is simply too too funny! I can just see all these people draining their phones out. Wow. So hilarious! I loved this, especially the last few verses. Nicely done! ^_^
Pamela Kliewer07/30/08
LOL - just wonderful!
Joshua Janoski07/30/08
Poor Jack! What's wrong with a fun April Fool's joke like that? Haha. This was very funny, and I love how you can take just about any topic and turn it into a catchy poem.

I love how when I'm reading your stuff, I feel like I'm merrily "hopping" from one fun word to the next. Great job with this, Mariane.
Joanney Uthe07/31/08
Congratulations on a well-deserved 4th place. This poem is an absolute delight -- just like the author.
Joy Faire Stewart07/31/08
Mariane, congratulations on your well deserved EC.
Helen Dowd07/31/08
Well I just have to put a second comment on here. I want to congratulate you on your well-deserved 4th place win. I love your poem, but then, I love all the writings you put out. You are an inspiration to many, and especially to me...Love in Christ, Helen
Betsy Markman07/31/08
Very fun story. Congratulations!
Karen Wilber07/31/08
This is so funny I can actually see it happening. I half-believed it myself. ;-) Very clever. Congrats on EC.
Catrina Bradley 07/31/08
Congratulations, a really fun read!
Edy T Johnson 07/31/08
You did it again, you funny little scamp. Congratulations!
Patricia Turner07/31/08
A cute little prank and a really funny fun read! Congratulations on your EC 4th place win and thanks!