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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Bark is Worse than His/Her Bite (10/17/13)

TITLE: Not Exactly What I Said
By Verna Cole Mitchell
10/24/13


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She was just a little poodle,
A lovely apricot.
She looked as sweet as sugar,
But sweetness she was not.

She ruled the house, our canine queen,
And reigned like royalty,
While we, her humble subjects,
Served her with loyalty.

She’d a bark that was ferocious
For such a tiny pup.
When strangers came to our front door,
They thought she’d eat them up.

She’d stand behind the window
And growl at passers-by.
We couldn’t break her of this,
No matter how we’d try.

I’d tell folks when they came inside
They’d no need to take fright.
Her bark which sounded dangerous
Was much worse than her bite.

When preacher came to dinner once
And brought his family,
She nipped the preacher’s youngest son
Just underneath his knee.

“I thought you said she wouldn’t bite.”
His words were sharp and terse.
I said “That’s not exactly true—
I said ‘her bark is worse.’”


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Margaret Kearley 10/26/13
This lovely fun poem made me smile! - I enjoyed the rhymes, the scanning and the humour! Only goes to prove the ruling power of our pets!
Beth LaBuff 10/26/13
This sounds like a true story. :) I can see this little "apricot" (love that description by the way), and her being queen and you her humble subjects. There is sweetness here from beginning to end (except the part where she bit the pastor's son...that hurt just a bit)and charm woven throughout. J'adore this! :)
CD Swanson 10/27/13
Awww...I loved this!

God bless~
Danielle King 10/31/13
What a charming poem. I think I would like to meet your lovely apricot, at a distance of course. Congratulations on your EC placing.
CD Swanson 10/31/13
congratulations! God Bless~
Bea Edwards 11/07/13
Hehe- we have a couple of 'ferocious' terrier pups, so I can relate to your charming poem.