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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Le Curator of the Shed
By Beth LaBuff
~1st Place


‘Twas just an old abandoned shed
Decaying in the dell,
Inside were treasures of all sorts
That time had bid farewell.

Objects d’art were hung with twine
And carefully displayed,
Buckets, leather harnesses,
Steel plows, and rusty spade.

Then the pièce de résistance
In room’s center could be viewed.
It was most carefully guarded --
Le sac of dry cat food.

Asleep within this gallery
On sculptured hay bale bed
Was the steward of these items --
Le Curator of the shed.

At first glance he appeared to be
Chat noir -- a cat of black.
The second glimpse revealed to all
A white stripe down his back.

Few animals dared to trespass in
Le Curator’s domain,
Especially if their nose could smell
And they possessed a brain.

‘Twas greed that gripped Le Curator
With plans to boost his stash.
He snuck up to a refuse heap
To sift through other’s trash.

That’s when the fracas happened,
A thief came forth to steal,
He had a mask and banded tail
And planned to snitch a meal.

Time the brigand bided when
Le Curator left his shed,
The bandit came and havoc wrecked
Then in the dark he fled.

Grievous sight met beady eyes,
There’d been a bold incursion,
And Le Curator regretted
His scavenger excursion.

The thief defaced the gallery
And through the twine he chewed.
He kicked the buckets out the door
And stole le sac of food!

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LauraLee Shaw01/17/08
Darling rhyme! How clever!
Holly Westefeld01/17/08
I trust that you had as much fun writing this fun, yet topic-nailing poem, as I did reading it.
Even a meter issue or two couldn't spoil it.
Sara Harricharan 01/18/08
ROFL! This is just too funny! The words that come to mind are "Cute" and "Charming" A truly delightful read-and yeah, it's on topic! ^_^
Gregory Kane01/19/08
Deliciously charming. And I think it’s the French expressions that make it stand out. What about ‘la galerie’ instead of ‘the gallery’ right at the end?
Marita Vandertogt01/19/08
You get three Cs on this one - creative, clever and cute. I loved it!
Jan Ackerson 01/21/08
Priceless! I love it! A grin from the first line to the last.
Joy Faire Stewart01/22/08
Love this from beginning to end. Excellent job.
Lisa Graham01/23/08
This is so creative and on topic. Great job loved it.
Loren T. Lowery01/23/08
I think I've seen that racoon a few times before. Fun, creative read and a great take on the topic.
Dee Yoder 01/23/08
Quel desastre! We share an animalistic french flair this week and yours is simply mahvelous! Love this poem from beginning to end; it's fun and clever and right on topic.
LauraLee Shaw01/24/08
Congrats on 1st place!!!! Well deserved on this creative and excellent piece!
Sara Harricharan 01/24/08
Sheri Gordon01/24/08
Congratulations on your 1st place. This is very clever.
Sharlyn Guthrie01/24/08
Adorable! I love the French interspersed throughout your clever rhyme. Congratulations, Beth! I'm so happy for you.
Kristen Hester01/24/08
Congratulations on 1st place. This is wonderful!
Debbie Wistrom01/24/08
Wonderful, loved the description of the raccoon. Congrats!
Yvonne Blake 01/24/08
C'est tres bon!
C'est magnifique!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/24/08
This is absolutely delightful. I'm honored to sneak in after you. I'm proud of you for first place!
Elizabeth Baize01/24/08
Congratulations!!!!! I'm so excited for you! This is incredibly clever and I can just picture Le Curator's barn and then the racoon coming in to steal the cat food. I especially love the stanza, "Few animals dared to trespass in
Le Curator’s domain,
Especially if their nose could smell
And they possessed a brain."
I'm putting this in my favorites.
Catrina Bradley 01/24/08
What a fun poem to read! Congrats on your win. :)
Joanne Sher 01/26/08
No wonder you got first! This is wonderfully delightful and delightfully wonderful. I absolutely LOVED the whole thing, but especially this verse:
Few animals dared to trespass in
Le Curator’s domain,
Especially if their nose could smell
And they possessed a brain.
You are a master, my KAish friend. ;)
Henrietta W. Romman02/06/08
My blessed Sister in the Lord, the more I read of your poetry, the more I praise the Lord for His great gift to you.

This is so ferfect, it stirs in me the assurance to keep smiling.Thank You. Glory be to our God, Amen