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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Jealousy Is for the Birds
By Verna Cole Mitchell
05/23/11


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“Have you noticed,” chirped a sparrow from her nest,
“How outlandishly the goldfinch female’s dressed?”

Sighed her mate from perch up higher in the tree,
“What she’s wearing doesn’t matter much to me.”

Said she, “The male must think that he’s a prize;
To see such brilliant color hurts my eyes.”

She tweeted on how gaudy they appear,
Not sensing there might be a goldfinch near.

Although her mate grew tired of her tirade,
With words of comfort, wisdom he displayed:

“While our appearance may not cause sensation,
We’re still a vital part of God’s creation.

“God said that not a one of us would fall,
But He would be nearby to see it all.

“Your gray and brown are beautiful to me,
And not another sings as prettily.”

At that, she fluttered down to gather seed
For hungry babies in the nest to feed.

A goldfinch, never pausing in his flight,
Bestowed upon her head a crown of white.


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Anita van der Elst05/26/11
Excellent and thoughtful message about appearances. And then a great chuckle at the end!
Bonnie Bowden 05/27/11
I thought this was a fun take on the topic. I am glad God made us all a little different, so we can sing another tune.
Beth LaBuff 05/27/11
I love your feathered take on the topic! :) Your phrases and word pictures are outstanding! And once again, your message is the crown on your work!
Helen Curtis05/28/11
Brilliant! A great message, and the ending was unexpected and so very funny! I may just have to print this one out and put it on my fridge for a daily morning chuckle - and a very timely reminder that we are all so very precious to our Father.
Carol Penhorwood 05/28/11
Loved the way you inspired us with a lesson on appearances and left us laughing. Great job as usual!
Noel Mitaxa 05/30/11
Love the mix of simplicity and depth as you tell it like it is.
Mariane Holbrook06/02/11
What a dlightful entry! No wonder you placed high! I can't wait to see how this is illustrated in your new book. Oh, to be an illustrator! I love it!
Beth LaBuff 06/02/11
VernaJ, I was so pleased to see this as an Editor's Choice. Heart-felt ongratulations, twin! <3
Sharlyn Guthrie06/03/11
Excellent entry! Congrats!