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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: Word Game for Nerds , Anyone?
By Marilyn Schnepp
01/20/07


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If you remove the "S" from a falling star,
the bright shiny twinkle will be replaced by tar.
Or better yet still, take the "B" from the brat
and you'll hasten the future of a full grown rat?

Shuffling letters is a word game for nerds;
they can use the same letters, but make lots of words.
Like subtracting the "Z" from a Russian Tzar,
they've demoted the Ruler to nothing but tar.

But hold it a minute - I see a new word!
There's more than just two... I can see a third!
Just shuffle 'em up and break 'em apart,
there's a "tra" (tra-la-la), an "at" and an "art".

The same three letters make five different words;
and like I said - it' strictly for nerds!
We had "Tar" with it's goo and odious scent
and a rodent "Rat" that's a fink, not a Gent.

But then we found "Art", a touch of class you might say,
With Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and the great Monet.
But then Art is a talent - a gift from on High;
but when God gave that gift out...sigh... where was I?


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Tabiatha Tallent01/25/07
Very interesting. I liked the way you played with the words and kept your rhyme and rhythm going. And I LOVED the last line.
Kathie Thomas01/26/07
Very clever, loved it.
Donna Emery01/27/07
A cute and clever poem with a great last line. I loved the title and I enjoyed the poem.
Betty Castleberry01/28/07
I think is fun, and I'm all for FUN! Unique
interpretation of the topic, too.
Joanne Sher 01/28/07
LOVED the last stanza. The first ones were certainly goofy and cute, but not as bad as you led me to believe in your hint. I did enjoy this.
Jan Ackerson 01/29/07
This confirms again that we are kindred spirits, you and I--a love for fun word play, and an utter lack of artistic ability! Utterly charming!
Sara Harricharan 01/30/07
Awww, that was a nice ending! Kind of sad, but cute, like the title. I liked this, it was fun to read and I enjoyed the play on topic :)
Shari Armstrong 02/01/07
Speaking as a nerd, I enjoyed this very much :)
Edy T Johnson 02/07/07
This is delightful, Marilyn! If only you kept going---I was disappointed how short it was. Since you, as I, seem to relish words, as if each one were a choice chocolate, I bet you could have a lot of fun continuing with more stanzas.

Regardless, you set us up well for your clincher of an ending. Nice job, Friend. Thank you, too, for commenting on my writing. I always appreciate what you tell me.
Mariane Holbrook02/07/07
What is this? National Make Fun Of Nerds Month or something? **grin**. Your piece is delightful. I had no idea where you were going on this rabbit trail but I didn't even care. The run was fun. I have a penchant for reading words backward to see if they make sense. With your skill and mine, we could invent a whole new vocabulary! Thanks for the smiles.