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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving on Cranberry Street
By Beth LaBuff
~9th Place


The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving on Cranberry Street

'Twas the eve 'fore Thanksgiving on Cranberry Street,
Our cottage was brimming with victuals and sweets.
The pumpkin pies cooled, as had marshmallowed yams,
And raisin bread slices awaited plum jam.

The turkey was nestled all snug in its pan,
A five a.m. stuffing— accorded the plan.
The lists on the counter would free-up my head.
With tasks for each hour, I climbed into bed.

When out on the porch I heard clunkings and bams.
I ran out the doorway, then tripped on canned Spam!
Now what kind of prank had entangled my feet?
What lunacy lurked here on Cranberry Street?

For hundreds of cans lay in haphazard heaps,
Who sent this fool Spam? Am I still fast asleep?
Did Cranberry Street have a luncheon meat war?

I entered my cottage, securing the door.

Befuddled, I sat in my swivel desk chair,
I pondered the front porch; I whispered a prayer.
I switched on my laptop, my brain in a stew;
I thought to read emails for something to do.

Then what to my listening ears was THAT sound?
My inbox was flooding with emails— inbound.
More rapid than vultures, from whom and from where,
Converged on my inbox, left messages there.

Prolific as rabbits, more forthcoming mail
Assaulted my thinking—I feared to exhale.
These emails could cause such outlandish fixations—
Proposing that Spam be the pride of our nation!

Suggestions: that canned Spam would pair well with tea break,
At Christmas time— canned Spam in lieu of a fruitcake.
Have roasted stuffed Spam served on Thanksgiving Day,
Tie ribbons on Spam and attach to bouquets.

Then flanking my email were ads from cafés.
Each advertised dishes like Spam Fudge Parfaits,
And touted the flavor of Simmered Spam Stew,
Or boasted the glories of Cubed Spam Fondue.

While haunted by roasts of our Thanksgivings past,
Now, luncheon meat cans on my porch had amassed.
I feared for tomorrow, for our turkey meat.
Such strange things had happened on Cranberry Street.

I may eat Spam pudding and suffer this scheme,
I may add some Spam to my coffee with cream.
I may grill Spam steaks on the Fourth of July,
But don't dump your Spam in my sweet pumpkin pie.

I swiveled my swivel chair, lost deep in thought.
This whole Spam fiasco had left me distraught.
It rested on me, so I must find a way—
I couldn't let Spam be the rule of the day.

And there, a solution for streets out-of-kilter,
An ad was proclaiming an email spam filter.
I added my addresses—email and house,
Then dispatched it posthaste with a click of my mouse.

I'll never know how that this task was completed—
But all the Spam cans on my porch were deleted.
The filter-fix helped purge our porch of Spam meat—
Put life back to normal on Cranberry Street.


with apologies to Clement C. Moore, Dr. Seuss, and Hormel

Spam © Hormel Foods LLC

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C D Swanson 11/17/11
Hahahahahahaha...Nicely done! This had me smiling all the way through. I enjoyed this. Especially the apology at the end!

Good job. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/17/11
I really enjoyed this. It was quite clever. I think I still have that picture book somewhere. It brought back sweet memories.
Noel Mitaxa 11/17/11
Lots of energetic word pictures here, and a lot of fun as well.
Mary Lou Tiner11/17/11
Well done! Love the rhythm and rhyme and creativity.
Linda Goergen11/18/11
Fun, fun, fun read! Creative and clever! I too loved the apology at the end! Great job!
Glynis Becker11/18/11
Oh so much fun! I smiled and laughed and cringed all the way through. The rhythm was perfect, but the thought of Spam parfait gives me a shudder :) Really nice job!
Francy Judge 11/20/11
I enjoyed this too. Very funny and creative!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/23/11
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around spam fudge parfaits! I am impressed by the author's fantastic creativity--and managing to make it right on topic. An absolutely fun read!
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/01/11
Woo Hoo for the winners and three cheers for my "pardner"
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/11
Congratulations for ranking 8th in Masters and 9th overall! Great job on your EC.
Charla Diehl 12/04/11
Beth, congratulations on your wins with this whimsically created piece. You surely have a gift for making readers smile with your word-wit. Great job!
Eliza Evans 12/05/11
I've read this a few times through and the first word that comes to my mind is...DELICIOUS!! And then FUN, and then JUST WONDERFUL!