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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)

TITLE: All Born Brats
By Cheri Hardaway
02/18/05


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All Born Brats

Blessed newborn suckles sweetly
At dear Mother’s ready breast.
Demanding – Feed Me! Change Me! Burp Me!
Why would you think you need to rest?

Bossy toddler throws a tantrum,
Challenging everyone in sight.
Spank Me! Coax Me. Give Me a cookie?
“No! I don’t want to go night-night.”

Grumpy, grumbling, growing child –
Family outing to a far away place.
“I hate to travel! Aren’t we there yet?
My icky sister’s in my space!”

In between – testy pre-teen,
Trying so hard to be full-grown.
“What you think is so old-fashioned.
This is my life; I’m on the throne!”

“I’ve places to go and people to see.
You’ve chores for me – first this, then that.
My social life is suffering!
Why are you looking at me like I’m a brat?”

“Why are these children being like this?”
Whines the peevish parent, puzzled.
What about My reputation?
Could I just have these kids muzzled?

The unfortunate truth: We are all born brats.
Self-centered slaves to our whims we will be,
Unless flesh is subdued and put to the test
Of learning this truth: It’s not all about Me!

But all is not lost – we’re not left on our own
This great truth to discover and apply.
There was One greater than we, Who went to a tree,
And for our freedom from self He did die!


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Debbie OConnor02/21/05
Woo hoo! A winner with me! I LOVE this poem. It is so vivid, truthful and FUN. Great, great job. Can't wait to see how it does.
Karen Deikun02/21/05
This was really fun and innovative. There were a few places where the meter of the poem was off, but these could be easily reworked. Very clever wording in many of the stanzas.
donna robinson02/21/05
This was just a great read from beginning to end. I especially loved the ending--we are all brats at some point at some time of the day!
Pam Kumpe02/24/05
Excellent you had me from the first line...

it moved so nicely from thought to thought...
Crista Darr02/24/05
A winner with me too. Born brats? How very true and you showed this as a skillful poet.
Deborah Parker02/27/05
Awesome!