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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Funny (10/04/12)

TITLE: It isn't funny Dad
By vincent lyons
10/10/12
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When you were a little girl
You were easily amused
We used to laugh at silly things
Angst was easily defused
By your ‘so funny’ Dad.

I’d tell tales, I’d act the clown
It was frivolous and fond,
Brought joy to you, I loved it too
Times that formed a lasting bond
With your ‘so funny’ Dad.

With made-up rhymes and little songs
We would entertain your friends
And never gave a single thought
To a time when childhood ends
For your ‘so funny Dad’.

The first time that I heard it said
Made me somewhat gloomy, sad—
(My little girl was growing up
Though I really should be glad)
“It isn’t funny Dad!!”

Like a punch below the belt
I was stunned to say the least
The day that childhood left for good
And a certain something ceased
In your ‘so funny’ Dad.

But no regrets, our lives go on
We have reached another phase
Now you’ve got children of your own
I clown with them like bygone days:
“How funny is Grandad!!”

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Verna Cole Mitchell 10/11/12
This lovely poem reached right down into my heart and found a place.
Noel Mitaxa 10/11/12
As a one-time audience and now the purveyor of Dad jokes, I feel this one hits the spot. But my Dad's brothers' jokes were stranger than his, for just what they meant was very uncle-ar....
CD Swanson 10/12/12
Awww. This one touched me deeply. My father was a brilliant, kind, loving dad, but so so funny. I loved this. Thanks.

God bless~
Myrna Noyes10/14/12
This was a bittersweet poem, and I'm glad it had a happy ending--that Dad came full-circle with his grandkids as the "oh so funny" one again! Nice job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/17/12
This piece speaks volumes to me. It made me think when my kids stopped calling me Mommy and I became Mom instead. Though the youngest did decide to give me a special gift and at almost 19 Daddy is always Daddy and most of the time I'm still Mommy. I thought at first you had a typo with your and meant it as you're but then suddenly it clicked and I realized it wasn't a typo and it made the poem even more precious to me.
Loren T. Lowery10/18/12
I like stories (poems) that show the life's transitions - this one did not disappoint. It was nostalgic without being sappy - great job and congratulations!
Myrna Noyes10/18/12
Hearty CONGRATULATIONS on your E.C. with this insightful piece!
Bea Edwards 10/19/12
Well done! Congratulations on your beautifully written and enjoyable winning poem.