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

TITLE: The Bug Book (Dr. Seuss Style)
By Lynda Lee Schab
05/23/07


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Bugs
Bugs
theyíre everywhere
I feel them crawling
in my hair
(and even in my underwear).

Ants are marching
two by two.
A beetle climbs
into my shoe.

Spiders creep
through grass and weeds
alongside leggy
centipedes.

A June bug smacks
against my head.
I see more coming -
I want them dead!

Bugs
Bugs
so many bugs!
Earwigs,
crickets
white, slimy slugs.

A grasshopper jumps
onto my back -
so many bugs
I canít keep track!

Flies are swarming
in my face.
They make my cheeks
their landing place.

Beez and wasps
buzz in my ear
Their stingers
fill my heart with fear!

Slithering worms
inch toward my toes
Moths are nesting
in my clothes.

Mosquitoes, roaches
fleas galore..
I just canít take it
anymore!

I shut my eyes
and squinch them tight.
I shout out loud
with all my might.

AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

Iím in my bed -
no need to scream
I wipe my brow...

It was just a dream.

Bugs
Bugs
still everywhere
I close my eyes
and say a prayer.

"Please help me get
some sleep tonight
and if bugs come back,
donít let them bite."

I reach down to
the floor to find
a little extra
peace of mind.

I do feel better
because I prayed
But just in case...

Iíve got my Raid.


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Betty Castleberry05/24/07
What a fun poem. Love the last line, too.
Tabiatha Tallent05/24/07
Loved the style of this, very fun, and would make a great children's book!
Kevin Kindrick05/24/07
Ok, so I'm still laughing.
This was great.

Thanks, and God bless,

Kevin
Pat Guy 05/24/07
So refreshingly fun and funny! (and really, really very good)

Loed the last line too! What a hoot!
Janice Fitzpatrick05/24/07
Where's the picnic? All you needed was a checkered blanket,lol. Man, here I am scratching and squrmjkng myself. Nice job, what a hoot! Pat's right, the last line is great.grin. Love it! Keep up the writing...but please, no more BUGS!EEEEEEEKKK.:0) ROFL
Melanie Kerr 05/24/07
Very creative. You need to get it illustrated!
Dixie Phillips 05/24/07
I think this would delight children from every country. Absolutely charming!
Maxx .05/24/07
rofl .... this is too clever! I can see this illustrated and on my kids shelf. Great job!
Cassie Memmer05/25/07
Cute, fun, and the most perfect ending! RAID! I enjoyed your bugs! But mostly the Raid. LOL!
Jacquelyn Horne05/25/07
This is really cute. And well written. A surprise at the end.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/25/07
Could it be great imagery, or am I just itching all over for nothing!
Loren T. Lowery05/25/07
The cadence for this piece left me with a picture of kids marching around a camp ground and singing your poem.
Very enjoyable.
Rhonda Clark 05/27/07
EEEWWWW!! Give me the creepy crawlys.

Great work.
Debbie OConnor05/28/07
Ha! That's cute. I love the ending. I feel better with Raid myself. Awesome work.
Venice Kichura05/28/07
Well done! You should submit this as a childen's picture book.
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
LOL - I think even Dr. Seuss would smile at this one!
Jan Ackerson 05/29/07
Ew ew ew ew ew! I'm a bug-phobic person, so I'm feeling a tad creeped out right now...but seriously, this is delightful. Ew.
Teri Wilson05/29/07
This is hysterical. I'd keep a good grip on that Raid if I were you. Great job! Blessings, Teri
dub W05/30/07
How fun. A delightful read.
Donna Emery05/30/07
Lots of fun. Love the last line. Thanks for sharing it
Dara Sorensen05/30/07
This would make a great little book for kids! I can even see all the pictures for it. :-)
Joanne Sher 05/30/07
I agree - this is a children's book WAITING to happen (stop by Zondervan, girl!). I probably had as much fun reading this as you did writing it. I laughed like crazy, especially with that last line.
Patty Wysong05/30/07
Oh, Thank you!! I needed that laugh! So fun! :-)
Rita Garcia05/30/07
Delightful and fun!
Pat Guy 05/31/07
Congratulation dear friend Lynda. Of course a poem about bugs wopuld make it! (by you!)

I think the last line clinched it for you. ;)

Enjoy dear friend. Love,
Pat
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/31/07
This is so totally a Lynda entry! Congrats on the win--great job!
Sheri Gordon05/31/07
Congratulations. This is wonderful. I have the creepy crawlies all over me. Such a fun read.
christine bastow07/19/07
What a great poem.
I can imagine this as a fantastic book, with really bright colors of large animated bugs, being read to a group of kindergarten children squealing with delight. Loved it.