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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: Chaos in the Storage Shed
By Marilyn Schnepp
02/16/07


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Unsportsmanlike conduct
..."In the Storage Shed"

Nails held a tennis racket
secure to the wall
while below on the concrete
lay a fuzzy, green ball.

"Hey, love of my life,
down there on the floor
I wish I could hold you
in my netting once more."


"Knock off the love stuff,
the bowling ball said,
"For Pete sakes, Squash potato,
you're not alone in this shed!

"We've got dimpled white golf balls
from the gentle man's sport,
blushing with embarrassment
while you openly court."


"And I suppose you're the gentleman,
with three holes in your head,
who barrels down the alley-way
to put ten pins in your bed."


"Oh, stop all your fussing"
said the little red taw;
"I'm only a marble
but I know God's law.

"If we all hang together
don't feud, fuss or fight,
we might find the answer
to our miserable plight."

It was eerily quiet
in the old storage shed;
you could hear a pin drop
as not a word was said.

But all of a sudden
love of Sports kicked in,
and every ball, bat and glove
shouted..."Now we will win!"

Well, the very next day
a man came to call
and carted them all away
to the Bargain Shop Mall.

The racket and tennis ball
sat side by side;
and everyone was so happy
they laughed and cried.

The moral of this story
as you can see...
is being Good Sports
will set you free!


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Mariane Holbrook02/26/07
I cannot understand how 46 people could read this and not make a comment. First I had to look up the word "taw" which I found means "marble." Passing that hurdle, it was smooth sailing and a poem with many, many hidden lessons in getting along with others, in coming in out of the darkness into the light of freedom, in the danger of "familiarity breeds contempt" and a hundred others. If I were a pastor, I could preach for two months on this delightful poem. It might appear to be froth to some but has enough body and substance to make it the subject of a college course on human relations. Big time Kudos.
Mariane Holbrook02/26/07
I forgot to mention the greater spiritual applications of getting up out of a dormant, useless state where all we do is reflect on past glories and dwell on our present discomforts,and the liberation that comes from new surroundings, more exposure, greater opportunities for service and the potential for unlimited friendships. I keep finding more and more things about this poem that I like! Good job!
Marty Wellington 02/27/07
A delightful poem with an interesting twist on the topic. While I'm not an expert on poetry, I do believe some of your meter is a little off. However, the imagery and lessons embedded in this piece are wonderful.