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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: A Craftswoman Am I Not
By Verna Cole Mitchell


When I was but a little girl,
I made at school a craft.
The teacher slowly shook her head,
And all the children laughed.

To be a person skilled in arts,
I was not meant to be.
With murals, masks, or macram,
Ive no proficiency.

I could not knit a sweater
An afghan or a sock,
Nor could I draw with charcoal
Or make a small pet rock.

I baked a man of gingerbread;
The outcome was incredible.
I had to throw it out because
It sadly was inedible.

I tried my hand at needlepoint,
But the stitches were too wide.
To find out what the message said,
You would have to be cross-eyed.

To throw a piece of pottery
I gave a go one day.
The bowl of clay Id fashioned
I had to throw away.

Because on crafts Id not give up,
I worked on decoupage.
The project was so hideous,
It went in the garage.

I planned to stamp a greeting card,
But it turned out appalling.
I knew Id have to face the fact
Hallmark would not come calling.

I could not weave a tapestry,
A basket, or a purse.
I could not design jewelry;
With oil paints I was worse.

You would not see me piece a quilt
Or pour wax for a candle.
To work with leather, glass, or wood
Is more than I can handle.

God saw my lack of skills at craft.
And blessed me anyway.
He gave to me a loving heart
And laughter for each day.

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Jan Ackerson 02/15/07
This has some of the cleverest rhymes I've seen on this site! It's adorable, and I echo every sentiment. Love it, love it, love it.
Sue Dent02/15/07
I planned to stamp a greeting card,
But it turned out appalling.
I knew Id have to face the fact
Hallmark would not come calling.

Me, me, that was me!!

Oh, the meter was off a leeetle in spots but what an incredibly fun read!!! And maybe just fun enough to place!
Marilee Alvey02/15/07
It was nice that you shared my story....without my permission...ahem...... No royalties? I give this woman credit for trying longer than I ever did. I got the hint after only about ten projects. My sewing teacher wrote on my report card: "Marilee has a great personality....but she can't sew worth a darn!" Ah, it's nice to have company! This poem was easy to follow and enjoyable throughout!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/16/07
Poet was right on target, topic-wise. And for the most part the rhythym and meter was perfectico! Loved it, loved it, loved it. Kinda sounds like my craft work. Great job! Witty and beautifully rhymed.
Jacquelyn Horne02/18/07
Now, this I liked! Good job. Keep writing poetry.
Julie Arduini02/18/07
Clever, cute, well written, well said!
Jeanette Oestermyer 02/21/07
Well-written poem. I like some of the rhymes -- I guess I would say they are unique or fresh. Also, good rhythm and a good tale.

Keep writing poetry. I enjoyed the read. Jeanette
Linda Watson Owen03/05/07
Oh, Verna, what a delightfully entertaining poem! You wrote it so skillfully. It flows with rhythm and rhyme in every clever stanza. What a treat! Thank you for this wonderful read!