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

TITLE: What's My Craft?
By Marilyn Schnepp
02/09/07


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Does anyone remember
"What's My Line,"
A popular TV Show
in, I believe '59?

The regular panelists
were Kilgallen and Cerf,
and the third a celebrity,
from either stardom or birth.

Each panelist questions
the Guest for a clue
regarding their craft
and the job that they do?

Sometimes a "no brainer",
other times - Hit and Miss;
but the show was funny
as they'd each try to guess.

"Do you work in an office,
in a truck or a dorm?
Or wear something sudsy
like a pink uniform?"

And so it continues -
with five questions each:
"Do you box, do you bake,
do you fish, paint or teach?"

Guest #1

"Well, I wear a helmet
and a bright flashy suit;
but I'm not from NASCAR
or the clown from a shoot."

"Then you must be the astronaut,
the one they call Neil?"
Who's going to the moon,
to see if it's real?"

1 win for the panel, and 2 more to go

Guest #2

"My clothes are all black
and I scare little kids;
but, I'm not Dick the Bruiser,
nor do I wrestle squids."

The Panel drew blanks
on the "Halloween Witch",
who rides on a broom stick
down to 'ole Grinders Switch.

The score is tied, now one more to go.

Guest #3

Now comes a Guest
who has got them floored;
he tells them he's more powerful,
than a gun, knife or sword.

They question him diligently,
but finally resign,
to the fact they are stymied,
and can't guess His Line.

2 Wins for the Guests, which isn't too bad.

Well, he was a Writer,
like you and I.
but when he shook their hands
he held his pen high...

Saying, "I am a Faithwriter
Yes, "That's My Line",
but God is the Wordcrafter
so...only the pen is mine.


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Marilee Alvey02/15/07
Yes, I remember What's My Line. Thanks for the nostalgia. Cute and creative!
dub W02/16/07
Remember it well. Cute light verse, thanks for the warm rememberances and smile today.
Jan Ackerson 02/18/07
I remember that show! I loved it--of course, I was only an infant at the time, but I loved trying to guess along with the panel.

Your last several stanzas are absolutely charming, especially the "only the pen is mine" line. Great set-up, and fantastic kicker.
Jan Ackerson 02/18/07
I remember that show! I loved it--of course, I was only an infant at the time, but I loved trying to guess along with the panel.

Your last several stanzas are absolutely charming, especially the "only the pen is mine" line. Great set-up, and fantastic kicker.
Julie Arduini02/18/07
What a creative way to go with the theme this week. I know of the show but I agree, that last line is awesome.
Edy T Johnson 02/23/07
This is so entertaining, Marilyn! And creative. What a great memory you have. You conjured up the little black and white tv images out of the vaults of my brain :) Pretty clever introducing Faithwriters as a "pen mightier than a sword" contestant! Great job, Friend!
Mariane Holbrook02/23/07
How very clever! Of course I am WAAAAAY too young to remember that tv show (cough, cough) but if it's as original as your poem, I'm sure it was a winner! Your work is very original. Do you think anyone would notice if I committed plagurism and took off running with this poem? **grin**