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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Eek! (02/25/10)

TITLE: Scaredy Cat
By Verna Cole Mitchell
03/02/10


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One stormy night at home alone,
I startled at each sound,
Concerned for dangers lurking in
The shadows all around.

I flinched when windows rattled from
The thunder’s loud tirade
And when the eerie flashes came
That strikes of lightning made,

I shuddered when a gun went off
And feared what I might see
Until I found it was a scene
Occurring on TV.

I flinched to hear some fighting cats
In stillness of the night,
When next a dog’s loud savage bark
Gave me an awful fright.

The lights went out; I heard a shout.
Was someone at my door?
My heart was beating double time;
I couldn’t take much more.

I stumbled through the living room
When something brushed my hair.
I dared to reach and touch it then—
The lamp shade by the chair.

I thought of Grandma’s good advice
When I was just a lass.
She said most things I worried for
Would never come to pass.

I gave myself a strong pep talk,
Said, “Get yourself together;
You know God’s with you in your house,
And He’s in charge of weather.”


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Leah Nichols 03/05/10
Been there, done that....
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/05/10
Such a good message in a nice poem. Well done.
Beth LaBuff 03/08/10
You always use excellent (salsa) words in your poetry AND have the smoothest meter! Masterful work, twin! I was there with you through every "Eek!" and loved your ending message!
Sarah Elisabeth 03/08/10
Such a smooth, rhythmic flow. I was right there with ya!
Joni Andrews 03/09/10
ALWAYS fantastic. Your poetry is some of my very favorite. :)

Last stanza was perfect.

So enjoyable and encouraging. Thank you.
Donna Wolther03/09/10
You did a great job of describing how silly we act at times like that. I liked that you were able to convey the feeling in rhyme too.
Kate Oliver Webb03/10/10
Beautifully done, deceptively simple. I'm impressed....
william price03/10/10
Just so happens I'm reading this during a thunderstorm, now that is talent (on your part). I need to learn that trick. Great poem from one of my favorites. God bless.
Carol Penhorwood 03/10/10
Always a master! Loved your story...I've been there too!
Carol Slider 03/10/10
As usual, your poetry is wonderful! I need to keep this one in mind as we move into the stormy spring (my least favorite season of the year...). Well done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/11/10
Congratulations on the top 40!