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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: I Wish I Had A Sitcom Dad
By Donna Powers


I wish I had a sitcom dad
That might be lots of fun
He’d always do such funny things
'Cause that’s the way it’s done

He’d plan some schemes to get us rich
But they would always fail
He’d try to plan a Boys’ Night Out
And he’d end up in jail.

My mom would be a paragon
Of wisdom, love and wit
We’d laugh each day and talk around
The table where we’d sit

Dad might tell jokes, like Ray Barone
Or be patient, like Ward Cleaver,
Or be rich, like Philip Drummond,
Or wise like Jason Seaver.

If Carl Winslow were my dad
My dad would be a cop.
I’d like to be a Huxtable;
If Cosby were my pop.

If there were problems in our home
He’d use his sitcom “power”
‘Cause every sitcom dad knows they’ll
Be solved in half an hour

He’d love my mom and all of us
But often fail to show it
If there was something to be done
He’d mess it up – I know it!

I guess there would be consequences.
It might cause lots of trouble.
‘Cause I don’t know if I would get
Al Bundy or Barney Rubble.

I guess I’ll keep the dad God gave
I don’t need all the rest
I guess that I’ve known all along
Our Father does know best!

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Michelle Burkhardt11/23/06
I enjoyed your poem. It was funny and flowed nicely. I loved the usage of celebrity names. Nice Job!
Marilee Alvey11/23/06
This is a WINNER! Creative, humorous, inventive, reflecting our culture's ideal of a dad. You should write greeting cards. This one would be Hallmark perfection!
"I wish I could write poetry
Then I could show you why
You made us laugh and won the prize
Your dad must be some guy!" - Why I don't write poetry, but SO admire those who can. LOVED IT!
fed up11/25/06
Although I don't watch TV a lot anymore, I recognized most of the names you mentioned so enjoyed your poem quite a bit. Well done with the way it rolled off the tongue.
Betty Shattuck11/25/06
Greatly enjoyed your clever poem. I think we can all relate. I like the part about the problems be solved in a half hour!

I've never been able to write poetry myself, even though my mom is an avid poetress.

This poem is a winner!
Joanne Sher 11/26/06
This is delighful and fun and a complete joy! Can't wait to find out who wrote this one.
Everest Alexander 11/27/06
WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! Truly inspiring! Being a Poet myself I always enjoy good poetry. This is one of those entries where the title promised and the content delivered just the way I expected.

A very good job! I also liked the "getting it done in half an hour" bit. But the pièce de résistance is your very last line which I only got on my second reading. "Our Father really does know best" - (Father Knows Best) Well executed! Very well done!
Betty Castleberry11/27/06
I read this twice, and I smiled all the way through both times. Very well done.
william price11/27/06
This is why I stay away from poetry. I could never write this well. Excellent job once again. God bless.
Donna Haug11/29/06
Superb! I enjoyed watching so many of those Sitcom's in my day. Great walk down memory lane as well as food for thought. ;)
David Story11/29/06
Just read this to my daughter. Really good. Thanks.
Myrna Noyes11/30/06
I, too, appreciated both the quality and the content of your poem! Great job! :)
Sara Harricharan 11/30/06
Loved the title of this! Light and easy reading, clear message. Good job! (and congrats on your highly commended!)
What a fun poem. I enjoyed reading it and it had a good lesson too. Nice job and congrats on being highly commended.