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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: The Really Bad Poem
By Corinne Smelker
05/22/07


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I’m a very bad poet
And I know it
I think it takes a special someone
To really make a pun
And I am not it

I can’t even write prose
Which is why I work at Lowe’s
Helping customers find wood
And wishing I really could
But I am not able

Grammar is way beyond me
I tried to learn, even paid a big fee
To a professor at university
All I got was strife and adversity

I tried my hand at rhyming couplets
One night sitting in a friend’s sub-let
But all I managed was rhyming slang
And it fell on deaf ears with a clang

So I offer this really bad piece
Even though my adult niece
Told me it was bad
And she was
Sorry if it made me mad
But the truth must out
So even if I pout
Her job is done

This poem is offered ‘tongue in cheek’ as a light-hearted look at what a ‘master’ can do if they don’t have a poetic bone in their bodies!


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Betty Castleberry05/24/07
I love the little note at the end. It put a big smile on my face. Thank you for brightening my day.
Pat Guy 05/24/07
Woohoo! (I wonder if this is who I think it is!)

So Awesomely bad! (And THAT takes talent)

Loved it! ;) (nothing to change or critique in MY opinion!) ;)
Janice Fitzpatrick05/24/07
This is funny. For not being a master of poetry you had me ins stitches and your meter wasn't bad eitehr,lol. Great job! So, if poetry is not your cup of tea what prey tell is your genre? (grin) God bless hon.Janice
Dixie Phillips 05/24/07
What a hoot! Loved your great wit and sense of humor!
Maxx .05/24/07
I hope you washed your hands after typing this! ;-) You have expertly gathered all the bad into one stupendously aweful work! My hats off to you! (almost)well done! :-)
Sharlyn Guthrie05/24/07
You did it! You made me laugh and you did it so well...or really so bad. Either way, it was fun!
Marilee Alvey05/24/07
Now, here's a poem I can relate to! Way to be bold! Congratulations for jumping into the poetry genre. For some of us it's not easy. As far as I'm concerned, you are a winner....for entering! Wahoo....for you! Hey, I rhymed!
Shari Armstrong 05/25/07
Hehehe -what else is there to say? :)
Benjamin Graber05/25/07
LOL!!! I enjoyed the read, even if it is a bad poem... :)
LaNaye Perkins05/25/07
Too funny! You had me laughing all the way through!
Helen Paynter05/25/07
There was a British comedian a few years ago called Les Dawson who used to play the piano excrutiatingly badly. The thing was, of course, that he couldn't have dome it so badly if he wasnt good to begin with. 'Nuff said?
Debbie OConnor05/25/07
Ha! This is a blast. Thanks!
Rita Garcia05/25/07
ROFL WOW! YOU DID IT!
Loren T. Lowery05/25/07
Well, at least this is one poem I understood - that should give you a few points. And, it's definitely one I can identify with - so there's another point or two - so you just may be a more gifted and naturally talented poet than you know!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/25/07
How fun!!!
Sara Harricharan 05/25/07
You really know how to grab a reader, huh? Lol! This is just too funny. I liked it, laughed all the way through and feel much better for it. The note at the end is icing on the cake. Nice work. ^_^
Lynda Lee Schab 05/26/07
LOL...this is great. Your bad poem was really good! Relatively speaking.:-) Thanks for the laugh this morning.
Joanne Sher 05/26/07
Lemme guess - this was fun to write, eh? Amazingly awful and awfully amazing.
Beth LaBuff 05/26/07
The rumor is going around about a "really bad poem" in Masters. As I understand it, the term "bad" is the new subculture slang for the former subculture slang "cool". I wonder if the author is trying to subculturely tell us that this poem is "cool"?

Many, many years ago when I was a child the rhyme went, "You're a poet and don't know it, but your feet show it cause they're Longfellows."
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
This is cute. Funny, funny.
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/26/07
Hahaha, I figured out who wrote this and it makes it even funnier. Of course you'd have to write this poem!
Jan Ackerson 05/29/07
Cori, your dry wit is priceless! Thanks for making my day.
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
Cute! Thanks for sharing. Many of us are with you.