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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: It's a Frog's Life
By Verna Cole Mitchell
09/16/08


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An amphibian youngster named Fred
Fell out of a tree on his head.
He said to his mom,
Who could always stay calm,
“It’s amazing that I am not dead.

“Since I was a very young toad,
I’ve hated my legs being bowed,
To you I’m divulging
That eyes which are bulging,
I wish were not on me bestowed.

“I am proud I can jump very high
Much better than children who try.
They call this their game;
Leapfrog is its name.
They’re none of them as spry as I.

“The pond which is my dwelling place
Has plenty of good hiding space
From people who’d try
To steal legs to fry,
A custom I find a disgrace.

“I’m bothered sometimes by a miss,
Who hopes when she gives me a kiss,
A prince there she’ll see,
Not ugly like me.
Now what kind of practice is this?

“It’s a very strange diet I’ve got;
Of insects I eat quite a lot.
With spiders slick
And earthworms thick,
None tasting like rich chocolate.”

His mama said, “Freddy, my son,
The game of your life should be run
By making a choice
To raising your voice
In praise to the Almighty One.”


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Anne Linington09/19/08
I love this fun piece-expected more feedback for you- the title's a great appetiser.
Anita Vander Elst09/19/08
I really like the limerickish (is that a word?) style of this poem.
Laury Hubrich 09/21/08
I love this. I read it out loud as your pieces should be read and giggled -- out loud:) Awesome work!

And this frog is safe with me, no frog legs will ever touch my lips -- alive for a kiss or to be eaten!!!

Shelley Ledfors 09/21/08
A charming entry! I really had fun reading this piece!
Jan Ackerson 09/21/08
Adorable! Love the limericks!
Yvonne Blake 09/21/08
SMILE.... we should all 'leap' with joy for all that the Lord has done for us!
Celeste Ammirata09/22/08
This is so cute! Thanks for making me smile. Great job.
LauraLee Shaw09/24/08
DAR-ling, with a capital "D." What an imagination you have, and I leaped right onto it. ;)
Leah Nichols 09/24/08
Great reminder - very cute and creative! :)
Beth LaBuff 09/24/08
:) Love it! I especially like the leapfrog stanza -- "They call this their game; -- Leapfrog is its name. -- They’re none of them as spry as I." Your ending "To raising your voice -- In praise to the Almighty One" is excellent.
Karen Wilber 09/24/08
LOL. Charming and fun.
Chely Roach09/24/08
I adored this..."frogs" are the theme of my twin girls' room:) No pink, lol.
Wonderful!
Peter Stone10/02/08
I don't read poems that often, but this was hilarious. Well done!