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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: The Mad Cow
By Shayla Cody


Bully the cow lived up to his name.
And day after day, his games were the same.
Always the first one to eat at the trough
If someone came close, he’d send them right off.

Under the tree where others had laid,
He was the one who got the best shade
He kicked and he pushed until they all moved
‘Cause this was the only spot he had approved.

If one of the other cows found something cool,
He’d take it away as a general rule.
Clover or mums, even buttercups, too
He’d bite and he’d push with a very loud “moo”.

He always had to have the best to eat.
So he made all the other cows give up their treats.
One day the farmer put up a new fence
To border the barnyard, it just made good sense.

The other cows gathered to study and see,
Bully wanted the best view, “First me! First me!”
With anger and spite, Bully pushed them away,
Like he’d always done any other old day.

He stomped to the fence with sure steps so proud,
He leaned on the fence and then screamed right out loud!
He jumped way up high, and then turned tail to run
The others cows chuckled with satisfied fun.

Bully ran to the barn, a safe place he knew,
He cried, and he cried, “Oh Boo-hoo and moo!”.
An electrical fence, how could that be?
Bully’s pride took a hit as he cried out, “Poor me!”

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Jan Ackerson 02/21/08
Good job with rhyme and meter, and with capturing the proverb. Ouch!

My only problem is with the word "cow", which is a female animal. Not sure how you can get around that one...

I definitely see some allegory here--good job!
Laury Hubrich 02/21/08
What fun! I love your poem! Keep on writing!
Marlene Austin02/21/08
Nice job putting this story to poem form. :)
Marlene Austin02/21/08
Nice job putting this story to poem form. :)
Holly Westefeld02/21/08
This was a lot of fun, and a great take on the topic.
As per Jan's comment, were you to change the name to Bossy, all of the masculine and feminine pronouns are one syllable, so the shift should be seamless.
I must admit, I did have a little difficulty with the meter.
Llewelyn Stevenson 02/21/08
Didn't notice the gender difficulty till it was pointed out.

Had trouble with the meter and would have changed a few lines, but the plot and illustration was great.
Joshua Janoski02/25/08
This was a fun poem to read. I liked that you were able to craft a lighthearted piece that addresses a more serious topic. This would be a fun one to read the kids.

I didn't catch the gender problem the first time I read it. It's the little details that can sometimes throw you off. I know they do in my writing. :)

Thanks for sharing!
Beth LaBuff 02/25/08
This was a LOT of fun to read. This line was a great description of Bully, "always the first one to eat at the trough" :) I like your title too. Nice work on this!! Keep writing!
LauraLee Shaw02/26/08
Cute story set to rhyme!

Periods and commas always come before quotations marks regardless of logic, at least in the United States.

Great job with the topic. :)