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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Flat (01/03/13)

TITLE: The Chap Who Lives in a Flat
By Verna Cole Mitchell
~6th Place


I met a chap from Liverpool
Who lives inside a flat.
I wonder how he gets inside.
Can you imagine that?

Perhaps there’s ceiling and a floor—
What’s flat is ground below,
Or maybe sky rests on the roof.
I’m sure I wouldn’t know.

I thought that flats were low-heeled shoes
Or Utah’s salty beaches
Or canvas backdrop scenery
For actors making speeches.

I pondered “flat” as adjective,
Its varied implications,
From feet without their arches
To tires less inflations.

Flat paint is minus any sheen.
Flat Cokes lack effervescence.
Flat rates are unconditional.
Flat lines show missing essence.

Flat stew is minus flavoring,
Flat voice, some animation.
Flat roofs do not have peaks at all
Or other elevation.

Flat characters are boring ones.
Flat broke’s no fun to be.
I’d never be a member of
Flat Earth Society.

But back to chap from Liverpool
Who lives inside a flat.
Do you know how he gets inside?
I can’t imagine that.

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Carolyn Ancell01/10/13
I love it! Your meter flows perfectly without straining anything. I found it captivating and fun.
Beth LaBuff 01/10/13
I'm smiling at your use of "chap" and "flat." I can hear this read with an English lilt. This poetry seems magical with the all-encompassing use of the word, "flat." This is perfect for the topic, and excellent in form and meter. And about that "chap" you mention, can you bring him back in a sequel? :)
Amy Michelle Wiley 01/10/13
Haha, this was great fun. I loved it!
Joe Moreland01/11/13
This has got to be a winner. If a poem does not get me in the first stanza, I almost never read the rest. This one put some kind of spell on me and I found myself at the end before I even realized I read the whole thing. It was so good I even read it again...I can't imagine that.

Great job! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Bonnie Bowden 01/11/13
You covered the topic with great humor and fun!
Ellen Carr 01/12/13
I really enjoyed your poem and all the 'flats' you included. It's humorous and reads well as verse. Well done.
Ellen Carr 01/12/13
I really enjoyed your poem and all the 'flats' you included. It's humorous and reads well as verse. Well done.
Theresa Santy 01/14/13
Oh my goodness, you are so funny! We have got to get together for coffee, because I love to laugh.
Margaret Kearley 01/15/13
This is great and a wonderful fun-filled poem with some excellent rhyming lines.
C D Swanson 01/15/13
Hahahahahahahahahaha...This is great and so ingenious!!! I loved it.

Thanks - God bless~
Laury Hubrich 01/17/13
Congratulations on your EC, Verna! I didn't write an entry for Flat but I did research a little and did see some of these come up on Google:) Such a fun piece!!
Beth LaBuff 01/17/13
Verna!!! Super congrats, dear friend! You already know that I think this poem is magical! :) <3
Eliza Evans 01/17/13
I think you're wonderful. This is a joyous display of creativity, Verna. Love it!
Loren T. Lowery01/18/13
When I first read this, I just knew it had to be yours. Your ID (DNA) was all over it. So enjoyed it, especially the rhyme as it keeps trilling through my head. Congratulations on your EC, Verna. Well done!
Bea Edwards 01/19/13
Clever and funny-really enjoyed it!