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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: Fowl Play
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Hereís the story of Young Chelsea Chicken
As she pecked out her place in the world.
What her mother observed in the henhouse
Got her temper and feathers unfurled.

She said, ďChelsea, watch out for those cluckers.
They will bring your good name to disgrace.
If you fly with such chicks in the future,
You will end up with egg on your face.

If you follow those biddies too closely,
They will lead you across the wrong road,
Where youíll lie in the ditch without cover,
And youíll reap the wild seeds that you sowed.

You must not fly the coop with those bad birds;
Their activities you must refuse,
Since weíre branded as birds of a feather,
By the kinds of companions we choose.

So before you become chicken salad,
Just remember how our name was made,
When the Lord used the crow of a rooster
To show Peter his Lord he'd betrayed.

Itís our part to scratch out our existence,
And be willing to do what it takes.
Though itís true that we canít soar like eagles,
Then, at least, we donít crawl like the snakes.

Do not let yourself be chicken-hearted.
Do not squawk about whatís on your plate.
Donít forget that the God of all nature
Is in charge of each creationís fate.Ē

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Betty Castleberry02/09/08
This is fun. Love the "fowl" language sprinkled throughout. Well done.
Karen Wilber02/09/08
You can't tell me you weren't laughing when you wrote this. "egg on your face", "across the road" LOL.
Patty Wysong02/10/08
Delightful. I love the line about becoming chicken salad.
Jan Ackerson 02/10/08
Well, my goodness, this is incredibly delightful! I love the word play, the message, the poetic perfection. You're definitely where you belong!
Beth LaBuff 02/10/08
I love all your chicken-talk :) from the "biddies" to "fly the coop" and "scratch out our existence".

This is perfect for the topic, "Since weíre branded as birds of a feather, By the kinds of companions we choose."

This is a wonderful poem. You should be proud. I love it!!!!
Dee Yoder 02/10/08
Oh so funny! Love the play on words-the poor little chick has a lot to learn. I like the "chicken salad" line, too! You're so very clever.
Holly Westefeld02/11/08
What? There are people who do not like word play? They should be tarred and feathered.
Lyn Churchyard02/11/08
This is so good! It was a very clever thought that the name "chicken" comes from the fact that Peter denied Jesus.
What more can be said? Truly Masterful!
Loren T. Lowery02/11/08
Your writing is amazing, your pen golden. What wisdom you are able to put in so few my meangingly verse. Thank-you for putting a smile on my face today with this bit of truth and witticism.
Marita Vandertogt02/11/08
I love the "egg on your face" comment too. This is hilarious - a fun read!
Shelley Ledfors 02/11/08
Great fun! I love word play...and I love this entry!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/11/08
I enjoyed all the plays on words, and I don't even know if I caught them all. Great job strutting your stuff.
Sara Harricharan 02/14/08
Oooh, I just found this one. It is too funny...Chelsea Chicken! Heehee. I like the line with scratching their existence in the world. That's really great. ^_^
LauraLee Shaw02/14/08
I Really love this entry. It is a refreshing change of pace and right on topic. Thank you so much for submitting this one!