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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Eek! (02/25/10)

TITLE: A Green Frog and G.I. Joe
By Brenda Rice
03/03/10


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A Green Frog and G.I. Joe

My fond memories bring me many joys.
Because, I am blessed to be the mother of two amazing little boys.

Tonka trucks, Legos, farm animals and GI Joes,
Among other things I tripped on and hurt my toes.
Eek!

Forts built in the woods, called their secret club, no girls allowed!
Bicycle races down rocky roads, but alas, everyoneís okay.
Which made me ever so proud.
Eek!

Picnics with peanut butter and jelly on bread,
Fan away the flies!
Meat balls and spaghetti, hamburgers and fries,
With lots of lemonade to wash it all down.
Because spinach and turnips would bring only a frown.
Eek!

Pudding with bananas, tall chocolate cakes,
Sugar cookies, ice cream and frosted corn flakes.
Ham and cheese sandwiches with lots of dill pickles.
Please donít forget the Snickers!
Eek!

Recalling laundry day with my head in a fog.
Reaching unknowingly into a dirty, little pocket,
Finding a grasshopper or a frightened green frog!
With a fling of my arm, they flew like a rocket!
Eek!

The Tooth Fairyís sneaky late night visits,
Carrying a dollar in my hand.
Hiding quickly in a hall closet,
Avoiding an encounter with my toothless little man.
Eek!

Secrets Iíve kept and have never ever told,
Even now, when my little ones are grown.
Iím now a granny, but that doesnít make me old.
Even though Iím slower now and maybe I groan.
Eek!

Joy still comes with the rising of the sun.
Especially when I remember my wonderful little ones.
Happiness they gave me and oh, what fun!

Again, I watch carefully for misplaced toys
Left on the stairs by two new little boys.
Eek!


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Jan Ackerson 03/05/10
Even though I only had little girls, the imagery here made me smile.

This had a very bumpy rhythm--if you look at it again, see if you can smooth out the meter. Feel free to PM me for suggestions on how to do that.

I love the mood of this sweet poem.
Gregory Kane03/05/10
Some great reminiscences. But do take Jan up on her offer.
AnneRene' Capp 03/05/10
Enjoyable sentiments and made me reminisce as well!
Beth LaBuff 03/07/10
I had to smile at the "Please donít forget the Snickers." I think you have some good memories in this!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/09/10
I really liked the poem.
I don't think you needed the eek between each verse, sometimes it seemed like it just didn't fit.
But your memories and stories of what little boys leave behind was precious.