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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: Tweety Anticipation
By Temple Miller


"An-ti-ci-pa-a-tion is makin' me wait.
It's keepin' me wa-ai-ai-i-tin'…"

A tweety-bird perched in a tree,
and chirped to his mommy, “Oh me!
My feathers are itching to fly,
and Oh Mommy, I want to try.”

“Your tweety-bird wings are too small,
and I do not want you to fall,”
the tweety-bird’s mama replied.
But Tweety was seething inside,

“She’s making my tweety-heart burn
and causing my stomach to churn,”
said Tweety-bird throwing a fit
while tying his quills in a snit.

“A tweety-bird’s job is to fly;
that’s why God created the sky,”
said Tweety-bird twitching his cheek,
and sassing behind his mom’s beak.

But Mama was watching her son.
He’s aching to run for some fun,
thought Mama, one eye on her chick,
adjusting her cleaning-straw stick.

The mama then plucked out her nest.
She dusted and feathered the beds.
While Tweety-bird fumed, It’s not fair.
I know I can fly through the air.

“Now, Tweety-bird, Don’t take the chance.
I’m watching you measure that branch.
You know tweeties can’t jump away.
Just eat a few seeds and we’ll play,”

the tweety-bird’s mama cajoled.
“Oh Tweety-bird, Let’s take a stroll.
A tweety must learn how to hop,
before aiming for the tree top,

and afterwards, learn how to soar
then practice and practice some more.”
When tweety-bird’s mama peeked down,
her son was not peeping a sound.

The chick’s scrawny neck was curved up;
a handle quite like a tea cup.
And cocking his head so to listen
to tweeties how-to-fly lesson:

“My fluttering feathers will blow
a soft gentle breeze for control,
uplifting your teeny-bird wings,
and soon you’ll be ready to fling

your sweety-bird breast from the nest,
beginning your tweety-bird quest.”
The tweety-bird sat still and calm
for Sunshine, his tweety-bird mom,

and bobbled his head saying, “Yes,
my mommy bird always know best.”
His mama bird crooned overhead,
“Come fluff out your pin-tails for bed.”

Her Tweety-bird let out a yawn,
And shuttered his eyes until dawn,
bird-watching his tweety-bird dreams
for just a few minutes it seemed.

A tweety-bird perched in a tree,
and chirped to his mommy, “Oh me!
My feathers are itching to fly,
and Oh, mommy, I want to try.”

His mama just looked to the sky.
Unwadding her feathers, she sighed.
“Oh dear Tweetie, oh me, oh my,"
she said with her tweety-mom smile.

“Your tweety-bird wings are too small
and I do not want you to fall,”
repeated his mom with a trill.
And Sunshine is teaching him, still.

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Holly Westefeld01/24/08
Very cute.

A satisfying conclusion with no Sylvester in the picture. :-)
Jan Ackerson 01/25/08
Very sweet, and I especially like your last line.
jodie banner01/30/08
I hope tweety appreciates what a good Mom he has. I was relieved that he didn't get eaten by the end. Cute,fun to read.
LauraLee Shaw01/30/08
This is darling, and I love this clever rhyme.
Sara Harricharan 01/30/08
Pictures of a very tiny baby Tweety kept coming to mind as I read this! I bet it could work out into a Children's story. This is very cute and easy to read. Great job. ^_^
Beth LaBuff 01/30/08
I had to smile at the "tweety heart burn". You've woven a sweet rhyme with this tweety-tale". I could imagine this as a children's book. :)
Dee Yoder 01/30/08
I like "tweety heart burn", too! Cute and clever turn at the topic-it's really sweet.