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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: What's Wrong With Annie
By jodie banner


What's Wrong With Annie

She Kicked
She Screamed
She thrashed about.

She hit
The floor
With two clasped fists.

She sobbed
And sniffed
And rubbed her eyes.

She threw
A book
At brother Chris.

She flopped
And flipped
And shouted "NO!"

She hit
Me square
Upon my chin.

All because my coffee cup
Was kept from her small grasp.

Oh,Annie dear what will I do
when you finally do turn two.

She slapped
My face
With open hand.

She threw
her head
onto my neck.

She tried
to pull
my hands off hers.

She screeched
so loud
my ears did ring.

She arched
Her back
And tried to slide,

Out of
My arms
Onto the floor.

All because I finally tired
and took her up for nappy time.

Oh Annie dear the best part is
I bet you sleep until its six.

Maybe now I'll try to write
Something brilliant, with great insight.

But all I got from hours of thought
Is this silly little poem.

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Jan Ackerson 03/06/08
This made me smile--I could picture Annie so vividly!
Julie Ruspoli03/06/08
What a wonderful 'silly little poem' it is.
Great description of your little bundle of joy. I had one just like her. Made it through with prayers and lots of love. Sweet poem. Keep writing for Him.
Helen Harris03/07/08
You got a Brilliant poem with Great Insight. And Annie, what a Joy to read
about. Thank you, Helen Harris
Arlene Showalter03/08/08
ha ha! this one is a real winner!
Shirley McClay 03/09/08
Wow... aren't kids such an amazing inspiration!
Yvonne Blake 03/11/08
It's not a "silly" little poem...it's a good one, with lots of love and prayer mixed with it.
A few stanzas were out of the pattern, and even though there was no rhyme, the short lines gave the sense of a child's quick actions.
Well done.
LauraLee Shaw03/12/08
Just darling. And I love it even more that my daughter's name is Annie. Well, AnaLee, but we call her Annie. This isn't too far off of her! ;)
Chely Roach03/12/08
This could be called, "What's Wrong with Reagan" because that is a temper tantrum worthy of my own little spitfire-drama-queen-not-even-two-year-old!! I loved it!
Kristen Hester03/12/08
Darling! This was an easy read and it kept me attention. I've had an Annie, too. Great job.
Sara Harricharan 03/12/08
LOL, I know this isn't funny in real life, but you sure found the bit of humor to add to it here. Very real and a great format for it, the short, choppy pacing fits the feel of this. I liked it! Great job! ^_^
Celeste Ammirata03/12/08
I loved this. And I don't miss that part of those days. Nice writing.
Debbie Wistrom03/12/08
Nothing silly about it, I can relate even though I have no kids. Keep it up.
Sherry Castelluccio 03/12/08
This was adorable and not silly at all. It's real life in all its glorious, nasty, exhausting, truth. The best part is, someday you'll be able to share with her what a sweetheart she was when she was two. Now that's a silver lining!
Anne Linington01/19/09
You got this just right- the obvious battle between Mum and her determined youngster. I am sure many parents will identify. I read it because my name is Anne, and I am a bit stron-willed myself. It can be both an asset and a trial. My Father said it would "stand me in good stead one of these days" and so it has when life dealt some difficult blows. Thankyou.