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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: A-rest These Phrases!
By Verna Cole Mitchell
01/22/13


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While I would like to catch my breath,
No matter how I try,
It stays before me constantly
And will until I die.

I tried to rest on my laurels
But jumped up very quickly.
Although theyíre nice to look upon,
Their painful spikes are prickly.

Iíve wanted to grab some shut eye
But never been successful.
Eyes closed, I canít see what to grab,
And that is slightly stressful.

I planned to sleep around the clock,
But it was way too small.
My torso couldnít stretch that much.
I didnít rest at all.

I lost some sleep awhile ago,
And now I cannot find it.
If I could tell where it might be,
I donít think I would mind it.

My boss told me to take a break,
But he did not say where.
I asked him, ďIn my leg or arm?Ē
He said he didnít care.

Because I nodded during lunch,
My shirt of white and navy
Has spots of soup and chocolate,
But all the rest is gravy.

I promised I would rest my case,
But when it came down to it,
I couldnít find an empty desk,
And so I couldnít do it.

As for the rest of the story,
The future I canít see.
Though I donít know what lies ahead,
The rest is history.


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Lillian Rhoades 01/24/13
You came through again. Great title and word play!
Beth LaBuff 01/24/13
From start to finish you entertain the reader with your creativity and wit. I especially enjoyed the "sleep around the clock" but your "torso couldn't stretch that much" and the stanza with the spots of "soup and chocolate, but all the rest is gravy." Your title is perfecto! :) Love this!
Virgil Youngblood 01/25/13
The title gave a clue of the fun read to follow. Delightful!
CD Swanson 01/25/13
Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

I'm still laughing. I read it three times, and will again before logging out.

Nicely done.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/25/13
Ah man I love this this and the best part is I think I understood every pun and play on words--that doesn't happen to me very often. This is a delightful poem. And I will rest my case!
Ellen Carr 01/26/13
This is great fun to read - the plays on words, the humor. Well done!
Carolyn Ancell01/26/13
Fantastic fun. So many meanings included. Playful, witty, a delightful surprise at every turn.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/31/13
Congratulations on ranking 15th in level four and 18 overall!