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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Groceries - deadline 8-23-12 10 am NY time (08/16/12)

TITLE: Gabby Groceries
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/21/12


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As I walked through the grocery,
Some items spoke to me.
A peach said, ďPlease donít touch me there.
Iíve bruises; canít you see?Ē

A steak told me his grade was ďAĒ
As though that might impress.
I wondered who his teacher was.
Heíd passed a test, I guess.

Two soup cans hollered out to me
As I strolled by their shelf.
One said, ďMy labelís prettier,
If I say so myself.Ē

The other simply heaved a sigh,
ďIíll match him, ounce for ounce.
His contents are deplorable.
Itís whatís inside that counts.Ē

When I surveyed a row of brooms,
One asked me for a dance,
And if Iíd been there all alone,
He might have stood a chance.

I gazed at fresh baked pies and cakes,
Just savoring the smell,
But not a one had words for me.
Iím sure thatís just as well.

You may think I was dreaming here,
But all of this is true.
My groceries do talk to me.
Donít yours converse with you?

You do not have to be asleep
To hear their conversation,
Just wide awake and listening
With your imagination.


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Leola Ogle 08/23/12
Delightful and flows well. Very enjoyable poem. God bless!
Margaret Kearley 08/23/12
I like this! A great poem with excellent metre and an amusing tale!
Laura Hawbaker 08/23/12
Loved the flow and rythym of this poem. Nest time I am in the grocery I will "listen" to the groceries!
Deborah Engle 08/23/12
How cute. Such a good technical job, and I loved the "topics of discussion".
CD Swanson 08/24/12
Oh I loved this! Great job with this piece. Thank you.
God bless~
Laura Manley08/25/12
What a delightful poem and a wonderful take on the topic at hand. I thoroughly enjoyed your entry. Good writing!
Danielle King 08/26/12
This poem is truly delightful. I loved the verse where the row of brooms were asking for a dance. A fun entry, creative and bang on topic. Great job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/29/12
I love this. It's fresh and out of the box. My food speaks to me, why right now Reese's peanut butter cereal is screaming "Eat me." :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/12
It looks like you were inadvertently left out of the 10th place EC. On the message boards it is recorded that you placed 10th overall. I hope this is true and I'm doing a happy dance for you!