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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: It Wasn't Me!
By Chrissi Dunn


“Who cracked the eggs on the carpeted floor,
And left sticky finger marks over the door?”

“Oh, a hungry, hairy monster came
And decided he would take,
Every item from the fridge to make a giant cake.
He cracked the eggs, sieved the sugar and flour,
In one quick bite, the raw cake was devoured!
But when he shouted out for more,
I bravely showed him to the door.”

“Where is the vase that sits on the fireplace?
And why is there lipstick all over your face?”

“A three-eyed purple alien,
Was rummaging through your stuff.
He wanted a little souvenir to bring home to Planet Puff.
He emptied out your make-up tin,
Swept the vase right under his fin.
I tried to stop him, Mum - I did!
But he was armed with lipstick, so I hid.”

“Well who tramped that play dough all into the mat,
And stuck it on Whiskers’ black fur? The poor cat!”

“I opened up the window, Mum
For a breath of nice, fresh air,
When an acrobatic monkey swung in from over there.
He showed me every trick he knew.
He started juggling play dough too!
Before I could say, “That’s enough!”
The blue bit landed on Whiskers’ fluff.”

“So which one painted the television screen,
In a garish assortment of red, blue and green?
The decorating dragon? The finger-painting fairy?
All these far fetched tales are making me a little wary.”

“You know I really love you, Mum.
And I really feel for you.
Those nasty little creatures have left a lot for you to do!
So I made this lovely little card
I’ve been working on it really hard.
You'll see a poem when you look inside.
I mean every word, as your thankful child.”

“What a kind gesture, sweetheart. How nice!
And guess what? I’ve got something for you.
Just go to the cupboard right under the stairs,
You’ll find a brown box full of brushes and pairs
Of rubber gloves, scrubbers, and an apron to wear.
It seems that those creatures didn’t venture in there!”

Mark 4:22 - Everything that is hidden will be made clear and every secret thing will be made known. (NCV)

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Seema Bagai 06/08/07
Cute. I can see kids enjoying this.
Leigh MacKelvey06/08/07

Awesome! Iloved the format!
Benjamin Graber06/08/07
I love it!!! :-)
Joanne Sher 06/08/07
Cute and fun - the descriptions were so vivid. You have your target audience in the bag. Great stuff!
Donald Ford06/08/07
Very good movement here. Children will certainly act their age and imagination and exaggeration go hand in hand. (A couple more creatures I guess. Way to go with this one. Two thumbs up.
Sharlyn Guthrie06/08/07
What a fun, lively poem with a good lesson, besides. I like the interspersed voice of "Mum".
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/08/07
This is delightful--one of my favorites this week. Both the child and the mommy in me loved it!
Rita Garcia06/10/07
This is fun! Great writing!
Janice Fitzpatrick06/11/07
Delightfully written. I love the ending especially as mum goes announces the task of cleaning up along with,"Guess what I have something for you..." Well done. Janice
Jan Ackerson 06/11/07
I love the structure of the poetry, and the voices of your speakers. This is charming.
Dee Yoder 06/12/07
Oh, how we Moms have heard all this before! You did a wonderful job of capturing the ways of an imaginative child...and her smart Mommy. Very lovely!
Loren T. Lowery06/13/07
Have to admit, I've used a few of those lines myself in years past. Cute, creative and well done!
Kristen Hester06/13/07
So cute and fun. A perfect children's story! I hear "It wasn't me" quite often.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/13/07
After reading most in advanced and masters, this is still my favorite!
Dara Sorensen06/13/07
I really can see this as a book for kids! I used to love the rhyming books when I was little; I'm sure many children and adults alike would love this.
Jacquelyn Horne06/14/07
Good children's poetry.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/14/07
Told you so!! I'm so happy you place so high on EC!
Sheri Gordon06/14/07
Congratulations. This is really fun. (And I'm very glad that's not my house.)
Bonnie Way08/09/07
Awww, very cute... makes me think of Robert Munsch books. You need a good illustrator now! :)