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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: The Silent Drawer
By Laurie Glass
01/07/07


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With light oak front and golden knob,
To hold utensils is its job.

When cook leaves home, the silent drawer
Is quiet, pacified, no more.

Inhabitants all aim to please
And when they’re used, they’re put at ease.

Each wants to be cook’s favorite
And trouble comes because of it.

For when she leaves the house each day,
The fights erupt when she’s away.

The rolling pin, so big and strong,
Brings conflict back among the throng.

“I’m bigger than the rest of you -
That means I’m best of all the crew.

But all that you can do is roll,
I stir, and do it with my soul.

Well, I can whisk and don’t leave lumps,
Your batter’s always full of bumps.

You stir or whip, but I can beat,
Make egg whites into soft white peaks.

She still needs me to bake a pie,
To blend the flaky crust just right.

Oh stop it, you are all such slobs,
My rubber tip cleans up your globs.”

So all chime in and speak right up -
Well, all except the meas’ring cups.

For in the drawer it’s so well known
That they have issues all their own.

The meas’ring spoons are just the same,
They fight among themselves – so lame.

So all day long they chatter on -
Their fighting makes the day so long.

With light oak front and golden knob,
To hold utensils is its job.

And yet the cook is unaware
Of fighting that takes place in there.

For once they hear the front room door,
It’s once again the silent drawer.


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Linda Watson Owen01/11/07
What a whimsical delight! So cute! Makes me want to spy on my cupboard Heehee! You've crafted this beautifully-rhyme and rhythm 'right on'. What a treat!
Jan Ackerson 01/11/07
What fun!
Pat Guy 01/11/07
I soooo enjoyed this! And I too, won't look at my utensils in quite the same way. I've always loved this perspective of 'home/play' things that come to life when we leave.

This was perfect! Yes - a treat.
Betty Castleberry01/12/07
I'm smiling. This was such a delightful read. I think it would make a great children's illustrated book. Definitely one of my favorites this week.
cindy yarger01/13/07
Cute. I bet you had fun writing this one. Good job.
Leigh MacKelvey01/17/07
I remember pretending the silverware were human and being so careful to put the knife family all in one slot, spoon family and so on. I didn't want them to miss any member of their family! Of course, I was a weird child.Anyhoo .. I could visualize the petty little quarrels among your characters very well. I love witty poems.
Edy T Johnson 01/20/07
Laurie, this is so clever and absolutely delightful. I agree that this would make a wonderful illustrated children's book. It could even become a classic for generations. I am impressed.