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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)

TITLE: What If an Orange Wasn't Orange
By Verna Cole Mitchell
11/23/09


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What if an orange wasn’t orange,
But stayed unripened green,
Would it still keep its sweetness and
The brightness of its sheen?

Or what if it was purple like
The grape or prune or plum?
Would you still want a portion if
I peeled and gave you some?

And if it lost its orangeness
To be the brightest yellow,
Would taste be bitter lemony
Or sugary and mellow?

And if it was a cobalt blue,
Would it be good to eat,
Or would you toss it in the can
In manner most discreet?

What if it was the boldest black
And got your hands all sticky
With thick dark juice that looked like oil,
Would you think it was “icky”?

And if the orange was pure white,
Would it appear anemic?
Then with low sugar content, might
It be hypoglycemic?

And if instead of its own hue,
The orange would be pink,
Would fellows want to take a bite,
Or just the girls, you think?

And if it was the richest red
Like apples and strawberries,
Then would its flavor be like theirs,
Or might it taste like cherries?

Would oranges of deepest brown
Still be as appetizing?
When no one would want one of these,
Would you find that surprising?

Like God above made seasons for
Each thing beneath the sun,
The color He made oranges
Is just the perfect one.


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Barbara Lynn Culler11/26/09
I loved this poem! It could be a cute child's story, somewhat in a Dr. Seuss way. The illustrations sure would be fun!
Linda Wright11/26/09
Loved this cheerful, playful poem! Good job!
Allen Stark11/26/09
Loved it! Great mind pix.
Mariane Holbrook11/28/09
What a darling poem! You covered all the bases and I found myself tapping out the meter on my desk. Oh I wish someone would volunteer to illustrate this, yes in a Dr. Seuss manner, or anything that is adorable and makes children laugh with joy. This is a winner or my keen sense of what's extraordinary is way off! I don't think so! I'll look for you in the winner's circle, high on the list!
Beth LaBuff 11/28/09
What a thought! I love how you so cleverly posed each question, then gave possibilites to ponder! Great work!!
Diana Dart 11/30/09
Adorable, cheery poem. Seems we had a similar thing on the mind for this topic...:-) Loved the mood of your entry.
Catrina Bradley 11/30/09
What fun this is! I was picturing each color of the orange and wondering to myself, "Would I?" :-)
Colin Swann12/01/09
Enjoyed you poem very much. Colin
Jan Ackerson 12/02/09
Any poem that rhymes 'anemic' and 'hypoglycemic' is pretty much perfect, in my book.
Mona Purvis12/02/09
You just blow me away with your thinking in poems like this one. Fun and well-written with something to think about...and a praise for God as well.

mona
Yvonne Blake 12/02/09
Great poem! I love this rhyme:
"And if the orange was pure white,
Would it appear anemic?
Then with low sugar content, might
It be hypoglycemic?"

Catrina Bradley 12/02/09
Since you asked, it did bother me when read this poem that you used "wasn't". I almost commented on it, but let it go - poetic license and all, ya know. ;)
Carol Penhorwood 12/10/09
Truly great job! My grandchildren would love this!