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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Black (10/15/09)

TITLE: Big-Game's Big Game
By Beth LaBuff
~1st Place


In the heart of the savanna,
In the dry season they came.
The folks on a safari sought
To covertly spy game.

Dressed in their khaki field jackets,
They hid among the plants,
And all things for their trek were held
Within their cargo pants.

Among the group, a jovial chap,
A red-head named Eugene,
Photographer of wildlife
Came slathered in sunscreen.

One thing the tourists did not know,
This was a staged charade
Of the lion, rhino, hippo,
Warthog, zebra cavalcade.

The big-game had agreements
That were drafted for their cause.
Each play and drill was outlined
And recorded as by-laws.

The toss to start the big-game’s game
Employed their mascot quail.
And when he landed on his head,
The call was yelled out, “Tail.”

The lion and the hippo
Commenced the premier play.
The lion’s rush was blocked, fans cheered
This grand defense display.

The humor of the big-game’s world
To species can transcend—
Positions that the rhino played
Were nose guard and tight-end.

The next play had the hippo and
The rhino in a sweep.
All things considered, they did well,
Both landed in a heap.

The second quarter’s big-game plan,
The zebra had to scramble.
The warthog snarled and snorted as
He charged from ‘neath the bramble.

One thing the big-game did not know,
A panther came to play.
He’d never read their by-laws
He just entered in the fray.

The swarthy streak of feline fur,
His unleashed speed revealed.
The zebra ascertained, “Illegal
Motion on the field.”

The panther angled ‘cross the field
To intercept the pigskin.
He clipped the warthog on the nose
And sent him in a tailspin.

The black cat’s interference
Put the game in overtime.
The call, “illegal cat downfield”—
A big-game by-law crime.

The warthog cut, then circled back
Across savanna’s green.
The action got a little close,
They almost clipped Eugene.

He broke out in a profuse sweat.
His face took on a sheen.
Lucky for him, his cargo pants
Contained surplus sunscreen.

The big-game saw the crowd’s response
So they began to scheme,
They hoped to sign the panther,
A free agent, on their team.

The panther, meanwhile, quit the game.
The teammates looked around.
He absconded with the warthog
Who was nowhere to be found.

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Charla Diehl 10/22/09
Your sense of humor is obvious with this truly entertaining poem. A+ for rhyme and meter, and for keeping me smiling all the way through.
Carol Wiley10/22/09
Very fun poem. Good writing.
Loren T. Lowery10/23/09
This is absolutely adorable! Loved it, rhyme, theme, characters and all.
Ruth Brown10/23/09
Clever clever clever,almost Dr.Seuss-like.Very fun read.
Myrna Noyes10/26/09
Oh, my! This hilarious poem is WONDERFUL! The rhyming is well-done, the story told is engaging, and I loved the whole thing! :) (It just didn't seem very "black" to me!) I wish I could write poetry like you do!!
Joy Faire Stewart10/27/09
This was fun and so adorable. I especially like the last stanza. You have a gift for humor. Great job!
Mona Purvis10/27/09
Very original and full of fun.

Verna Cole Mitchell 10/27/09
You know I'm always envious (shh don't tell) of your creativity in narrative poems, and this one is no exception. I love it!
Linda Watson Owen10/27/09
Hahaha! Oh, this is Disney worthy in every detail! Reminds me so much of one of their animated classics! What witty and wonderful entertainment you've served up!
Jan Ackerson 10/28/09
So, so fun! I love your sense of whimsy.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/29/09
WOO Hoo!!!! BOB!!!
Yvonne Blake 10/29/09
Congratulatios, Bethy! You deserve it. This is great writing!
Myrna Noyes10/29/09
I am soooooooo happy for you, Beth! #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I just knew this wonderful poem would be at the top this week! You are one talented writer, for sure! :D
Marita Thelander 10/29/09
yay Beffy! Congrats on first place. WIth that team, how could you lose?
Carol Slider 10/29/09
This is SO fun to read and creative! Major congratulations!!
Patricia Turner10/29/09
Hooray for you Beth! This is so wonderfully winningly whimsical! Congratulations!!
Linda Watson Owen10/29/09
Congratulations, Beth! This wonderful treasure in rhyme and rhythm sailed you to #1! Right where it should be! ;-)
Rachel Phelps10/29/09
This is awesome! Well done on a this poem and congratulations on your EC!
Sharlyn Guthrie10/29/09
This is so delightful and perfectly constructed. I'm so happy for you, getting 1st place EC. Woo-hoo! Congratulations!
Dianne Janak11/01/09
Beth!! Congrats and a HUGE whoooo hooo... your poetry always blows me away.. and your wit along with the skill and art of making it all work so smoothly... enjoy the moment .. you deserve it..
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse11/03/09
I have always loved "The Walrus and the Carpenter," and this beautifully crafted whimsical piece certainly fits that love. I can't wait to see it in print! Congratulations!
Carol Penhorwood 01/22/10
I'm such a fan of your writing...ALWAYS!!!!
Congratulations on your win, Beth; and just like Carol, I am always your fan.