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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: Buford Goes to Fly-by-Night School
By Beth LaBuff
01/23/08


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On rocky mountain precipice
Somewhere away out west,
Lived a usual buzzard family
In their standard buzzard nest.

Young buzzling Buford was enrolled
At Flight Academy.
Hopes were high that he would earn
His Carrion Degree.

He’d learn the basic principles
With flying rudiments,
And atmospheric patterns for
Detecting weather fronts.

Then Buford chanced upon an ad
In Flyers Magazine,
Fly-by-Night shows buzzards how to
Scavenger cuisine.”

He quit the Flight Academy,
Decided he’d prefer
The evening class at Fly-by-Night
And left to register.

Fly-by-Night met once a week
And then just for an hour.
The only subject that was taught
Was Prey First Then Devour.

Buzzard basics were not taught
At shady Fly-by-Night,
Nor aeronautic techniques of
Cross country solo flight.

When it came to buzzard circling
On a buzzard scouting mission
He circumnavigated
A verbose politician.

When Buford took his SBT --
(Standardized Buzzard Test),
He got a C in Circling Prey
And F in all the rest.


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Karen Wilber 01/26/08
Fun! My favorite line? - "The only subject that was taught Was Prey First Then Devour." :-D
I like the bouncy meter of this rhyme - just begged to be read out loud.
Lynda Schultz 01/28/08
This is absolutely delightful. Great writing.
LauraLee Shaw01/29/08
Excellent rhyming! This is a great illustration of the topic. It reminds me of how I started taking guitar lesson--quit them. Then I bought a video to teach me. I COULD successfully play 3 chords, which meant I could play "We are one in the Spirit." (which would have been helpful back in the '80s but not so much now...)--NOW it is sitting in my piano room by the piano I still can't play after 3 semesters in college. I don't like to crawl before I can walk!!!!!

;)
Jan Ackerson 01/30/08
Wowsers, is this ever clever! So funny, superbly written, and a witty little lesson tucked in among all the fun.
Temple Miller01/30/08
Perfect poetry. I loved this witty application of the proverb. Your meter flowed without a ripple.
Dee Yoder 01/30/08
Love this! The poetry knocks my socks off and the lesson is oh-so-funny. Poor Buford. You have many funny lines and word pictures in this gem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/30/08
I'm a sucker for a pun--prey first??? You're a gifted story teller, as well as poet.
Sara Harricharan 01/30/08
Cute! This was fun to read, I liked the names and the lesson, which wasn't thrown in your face. I bet kids would like this-great work! ^_^
Sharlyn Guthrie01/30/08
I enjoyed the levity of this cleverly written poem. Very creative, too!
Beckie Stewart01/30/08
This was fun to read. Can't help much more then that since I am no poet and admire those who truly are!!