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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Angry (08/02/07)

TITLE: Toaster Set To Burn
By Heather Ross
08/08/07


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Anger is like a toaster set to do harm,
Burning responses with emotional outburst,
My burned toast sets off the smoke alarm,
From soft, wheat bread to a blackened curse!

"Next time I let you toast in my toaster again!"
"You see that!" "You turned up the settings to dark!"
A trigger goes off, "You did it again!"
"Now the toast tastes like horrible tree bark!"

"No I didn't", "Yes, you did", "I know what I said!"
"Now look what you did, it is uneatable charcoal!"
"I am not ever going to forget what you did to my bread!"
"Don't stand there and tell me like you didn't know!"

"Lord, how do I tame my toaster, when will I learn?"
"Help me let go, knowing things will never be like they were."
"Lord, I don't want to be controlled by a toaster,
With settings so easily moved that set to burn."


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Willa Maye08/09/07
I liked your use of imagery--the toaster, I assumed was the anger; the burned toast, the harm caused when the setting is not accurately positioned; and, possibly your poem gave a faint replica of argumentative banter where there is no concession. I enjoyed the poem, and poems are not really my choice for reading. I think they require deep thought,focus. Nice job!
Dee Yoder 08/21/07
Good descriptions of what it's like to fume with anger-just like a hot toaster! Interesting way to write about the anger topic.
Debbie Wistrom01/10/08
Liked the title and your whole idea. I feel like that a lot and don't like it, thanks for sharing.