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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)

TITLE: A Perplexed Miss Carter
By Laurie Glass


Miss Carter listened at the door.
Although ‘twas locked, and students gone,
Faint voices she began to hear,
And wondered what was going on.

The ones above the blackboard spoke.
Such interesting things she heard,
Of how they felt about themselves
And how they felt inside a word.

When students see me as their grade,
They seem so disappointed, sad.
It’s hard to be a d, you know,
When parents see me, they get mad.

Discussed their likeness, m and n,
Resemblance can’t be denied,
The v and w the same,
Though one is thin and one is wide.

It seems they’d get along, but no,
All jealous of the letter i,
For it’s in caps when all alone
And all the rest just can’t see why.

When silent, sometimes overlooked,
The e endures some lonely times.
And then when c takes place of s,
Accused of sneaky, stealing crimes.

In awe, Miss Carter scratched her head,
For she could not believe her ears.
She never knew they felt this way,
Not even once throughout the years.

A bitter, angry o piped up,
When doubled, looks like wedding rings,
Yet known as single, satisfied,
And doesn’t want to think such things.

The g and h by contrast, though,
Announced they love their wedded bliss,
When put together, make one sound,
Yet f does not think much of this.

When k told q to take a hike,
Did not set well with pretty girl,
“You think I’m useless, but I know
That you’re just jealous of my curl.”

Miss Carter stood there wondering
If others could these statements hear.
All seemed to be a little odd,
And yet the voices were so clear.

R started laughing, told some jokes,
Seemed tension then began to ease.
Then b, t, j and l chimed in,
For they’re the ones who like to please.

The y seemed quiet, set apart,
Was hesitant to join the fun,
Confused about identity,
A vowel, consonant, which one?

Z couldn’t stand frivolity
Began to pick on his friend x,
Yet not like him to cause a fuss,
The p and u stood by, perplexed.

Then a the leader that he is
Spoke up and got them settled down.
“We’re special, ev’ryone, you know,
Just look how long we’ve been around.”

So deep in thought of comments heard,
Miss Carter startled by a beep.
Imagine the relief she felt,
This only happened in her sleep.

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Pat Guy 11/02/06
Oh ... THIS is a gem! How creative, original and so much fun to read! Wow! And so well crafted too! Thanks for the smile to start my day. Absolutely loved it!
cindy yarger11/02/06
Good idea - you must have had fun doing this one. I liked your ending twist.
Joe Moreland11/02/06
This WAS such fun to read. It took me a few lines to get the idea, but even that was fun. Creative, original, different, out of the box...how many Penguins am I up to? :>)
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/02/06
original and delightful!
Gregory Kane11/03/06
Appealing, brilliant, charming, delightful, endearing, fun – I’ll leave the accolades there so as not to disturb the connubially adhered
Beth Muehlhausen11/03/06
Now this is definitely creative! Very cute and fun (but you've already heard that). I enjoyed the surprise at the end, too. :-)
Lisa Vest11/03/06
Very original, creative. I liked conflict and "jealousy" between certain letters. Very cute and fun. Great job.
Jan Ackerson 11/05/06
Wow! I can't wait to see whose creative mind came up with this gem!
Sue Dent11/05/06
Children's book, Children's book!! Can anyone say Children's book. I'd buy it!! How cute!
Donna Haug11/07/06
LOL - It took me a bit to catch on, but I liked it. It might have helped me catch on sooner if the individual letters had been set apart (eg. 'd', 'e') If it was to be a children's book (which I could definately see) then those letters would no doubt be written extra large and bold. Cute title.
Sara Harricharan 11/08/06
This was WONDERFUL! I very much enjoyed reading this, it brought chuckles all the way through. Great, great job! :)
Catrina Bradley 11/08/06
What an enjoyable poem! I loved q's response to k - jealous of her curl. Too cute! Meter was perfect, everything just great. I agree with everyone - great children's book.
Joanne Sher 11/08/06
So very fun!!! I'm glad you threw your brick! This is simply delightful - and I also think it would make an awesome children's book. I could just see those letters chattering!
Valora Otis11/08/06
The first paragraph grabbed me and pulled me right in. What an original piece. It's so clever! It screams....PUBLISH ME!!!!! Bravo my dear, master poet! Bravo!
terri tiffany11/08/06
What I like - the creativity!!It made me smile all the way through. The ending of course was so sweet and came perfectly.:) I think kids would love this poem!

What I might change - nothing of course! It is terrific as it stands!
Ann FitzHenry11/08/06
I love this!! So much fun!!! My fave: The ones above the blackboard spoke. (I could picture my kindergarten classroom.) Excellent and wonderfully creative poem. Again...I loved it!
Val Clark11/09/06
What a great imagination! Looks like you really enjoyed this. I certainly enjoyed reading it. A fun poem with a subtle point. yeggy
william price11/09/06
I absolutely loved this. And I don't care if 15 commenters said the same ting before, yoou deserve to hear it. Excellent job. God bless.
Sandra Petersen 11/09/06
This was an ingenious way to approach the topic! Though the meter was a little awkward here and there (not very many places), the imagination that went into this far makes up for it. I taught my daughters how to read with the phonics method and I knew exactly what you were talking about. I really have to read this poem to all three of my daughters.

If you did make this into a children's book, homeschooling parents with young readers might snap it up.
Monique Fox11/13/06
Please post more of your poems at Poetry and Poets of God: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/