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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)

TITLE: Bruno’s Shopping Junket
By Beth LaBuff


Bruno’s Shopping Junket

That summer Monday, mid July,
Year: 1962
An unlatched gate, an oversight,
Outcome: hullabaloo.

Brawny Bruno, angus bull,
Escaped and seized the day.
Gate left dangling, no more wrangling,
From pastureland did stray.

Bruno snorted, sensing freedom,
Belied mad-cow disease.
Bovine breakout from confinement,
Spurred on by summer’s breeze.

Westward on toward Chesterton,
Unsuspecting village.
Bruno trotted, head held high.
His cloven hooves would pillage.

Round about noon, same summer day,
Old Bruno spied a door,
‘Twas Abe’s Market on Maple Street
The town’s lone groc’ry store.

Into this shop he horned his way,
Shoved customers aside,
Proceeded past the canned goods aisle,
The grocer he defied.

Through the produce Bruno rambled,
Ingested apples ripe.
Purloined carrots, beets, and lettuce,
Digested in his tripe.

Shelves of bakery goods were tossed,
relieved of cakes and pies.
Pastries were trampled under hoof,
A produce aisle reprise.

Then to the chips and soda pop,
Without a backward glance,
Bruno bebopped through the snacks,
A bullish market dance.

His shopping frenzy trashed the place.
Left food strewn ‘cross the floor,
Noodles, crackers, maple syrup,
“Clean-up on aisle four”.

What currency did Bruno use,
For this, his luncheon bender?
The last I heard in this fair land,
Cow pies weren’t legal tender.

“Eye for an eye,” must be repaid,
So says the Holy Book,
Bruno’s infraction was a sin,
The bull was ruled a crook,

The grocer uttered not a word,
Nor questions did he ask.
A minor scuffle could be heard,
One swiftly ended task.

New signs were posted on the wall,
Alas, …here ends his tail.
“Brisket, Roasts -- 2.99”
Old Bruno was on sale!

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Karen Petty03/08/07
This piece was light, fun, clever, adventuresome, and unusual. I especially liked the use of the word "behopped". Wonderful and awakening, this piece is! Great job!
Jacquelyn Horne03/09/07
Really cute. I'm not sure whether you meant "tail" or "tale", but a very well written poem. A lot of humor here.
Clyde Blakely03/11/07
I could picture ol' Bruno all the way. Colorful, humorous, and will be thinking about this one for awhile.

God bless and keep writing.
cindy yarger03/12/07
Leigh MacKelvey03/12/07
Ahh, a wonderfully written poem! you used some strong verbs and nouns and varied the names for "bull" (
bovine,ect.) Kudos .. you have a gift for this form of poetry!
Patty Wysong03/12/07
What a hoot! I could picture ol' Bruno shopping. Thanks for the laugh! =)
LaNaye Perkins03/12/07
What a delightful story! I chuckled all the way through it! Very Clever!
thadd presley03/13/07
Great poem
Donna Powers 03/14/07
This was very cute. I kept wondering when he'd go into the china shoppe, but I loved what you did with this. Great job!
Joanne Sher 03/15/07
Love this - absolutely delightful. Congratulations for making the editor's choice!
Myrna Noyes03/15/07
CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved first place and EC win!! :D You did a terrific job on this hilarious poem, and I enjoyed every single line!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge03/15/07
Congrats on placing and EC! Very entertaining and well done.
Loren T. Lowery03/15/07
Well, I just have to say it: Poor Bruno! : )
However, congratulations on this delightful piece of writing. You captured the mood and the animal so well.
But, then again: Poor Bruno.
william price03/15/07
Way to go, beth. Beyond super poem. Congrats on your ribbon and EC placement. God bless.
Beth LaBuff 03/16/07
to Nathan and all readers--please be assured that no animals were harmed in the writing of this poem :)
Betsy Markman04/25/08
There was a poet, farmland-raised
Whose poems bore the scent of earth
Whose tales of cattle (often braised)
Filled everyone who read with mirth.

I'd praised this poet's work before,
(Surely to such are laurels owed)
To use the same words...what a bore!
So here are kudos in an ode!

(Sorry...I couldn't resist)
Sara Harricharan 07/18/08
Oooh! So fun! I liked to read about all his little treats and the ending was just cute! Nicely done! ^_^
Shirley McClay 07/18/08
WOW.. this was truly amazing and hilarious. You are one ultra talented writer... I am still chuckling!
LauraLee Shaw07/18/08
This is brilliant!!!! You are so creative.
Dee Yoder 07/19/08
Wonderful, Beth! This is so funny...you should submit this to "Country Woman" magazine...it is far better than any I've read there!
Patty Wysong07/20/08
I still LOVE this one, Beffers!! Terrific!