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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: The Ballad of Jim Bob Earl
By Betty Castleberry


Jim Bob Earl had a hankerin’
For pretty Junie Mae
He loved her twangy country voice
And hair the color of hay

Her legs were bowed and skinny, too
Her eyes as round as taters
Jim Bob got to thinkin’ hard
So he pulled on his hip waders

He’d had enough of bachelorhood
And howlin’ at the moon
Miss Junie Mae would be his bride
He’d make it happen soon

The night was dark, the bullfrogs sang
The swamp was wide and thick
But Jim Bob waded through the slush
And gave the stumps a kick

But one of them raised up a head
It wasn’t a stump at all
Jim Bob saw the rows of teeth
And then began the brawl

A gator lunged for Jim Bob’s chest
But he was very quick
He jumped up on the gator’s back
And never missed a lick

He rode the gator cowboy style
Till the gator wore plum out
Jim Bob climbed down off his back
And thumped him on the snout

Junie Mae was worth the ride
The gator didn’t phase him
When he told her what he’d done
He knew that she would praise him

He had a scrape and a bruise or two
But Junie Mae was waitin’
He planned to go and snatch her up
Why waste time with datin’?

He saw smoke from Junie’s chimney
And flashed a gap-toothed grin
He slicked his hair back with his spit
To look sharp when he walked in

But when he hiked on up the trail
He stopped and stared ahead
Cletus Elrod Parker the third
Had beat him there instead

Cletus held sweet Junie’s hand
And snapped his suspenders proudly
That’s when Jim Bob gave a sigh
But he didn’t do it loudly

He refused to let it bother him
So Jim Bob turned to go
He had no future with Junie Mae
But there’s something you should know

Miss Maybelle lived on up the hill
So Jim Bob went to her house
She let him in, served him gator tail
And soon became his spouse.

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Shirley McClay 02/14/08
TOO funny! I loved this poem. I am not really a poem person and tend to skip them, but this one held me from the first word to the last! Excellent.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/14/08
Delightful ballad
Beth LaBuff 02/14/08
Ha! I love your ballad. I won't forget ol' Jim Bob Earl and his gator tale very soon. What fun this was to read and I'm sure just as much for you to write! :)
Holly Westefeld02/14/08
This was a lot of fun, despite some meter issues.
Patty Wysong02/14/08
What a rollicking frollick that was. Definitely fun even with the few hiccups. I loved his name--it a had a 'ring' to it.
Charla Diehl 02/14/08
What a fun story poem. I was smilin' from start to finish as I pictured Jim Bob on that ole gator! Thumbs up on this one!
Jacquelyn Horne02/15/08
Very cute! Right on topic.
Sally Hanan02/15/08
Hahahaha. Thanks for making me laugh :) This was really creative.
Joanne Sher 02/15/08
What fun! Love the colloquialisms and rhythm of this. What a delightful and knee-slappin' read!
Debbie Wistrom02/18/08
Masterful, the gator ridin, made me think of Pecos somebody from an old Disney cartoon. Great job!
Laury Hubrich 02/18/08
Hilarious! Great writing, my dear Betty! Thanks for the laugh!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/18/08
This is just good ol' rompin' fun! Thanks for tickling my funny bone.
LauraLee Shaw02/18/08
This was more than a toe-tapper, it was a foot stomper. I read it twice. It amazes me when someone can pull off something this humorous and entertaining and tell a story at the same time. Brilliant.
Lyn Churchyard02/18/08
This was so funny. I could just picture some guy telling the tale and pickin' his banjo overy so often.
2:00am in the morning and I should be asleep. LOL who can sleep with s ballad like that twanging in their mind. Well done our Betty.
LaNaye Perkins02/18/08
This was great on all counts and a real hoot to read. Well done my friend! :)
william price02/18/08
"Betty" at her finest. Can't comment on the techno part of it, but for pure reading enjoyment it was great, seeing how I live in the land of Jim Bob Earls.
God bless.
Kristen Hester02/18/08
I'm not usually a poem person either, but this one was DELIGHTFUL. I loved it. I think I'll go read it again right now.
Kristen Hester02/18/08
I like it even more the second time.
Jan Ackerson 02/19/08
Oh, perfect, and I can just hear the banjos in the background.
Sheri Gordon02/19/08
Love the voice. I wanted to slap my thigh and yell 'hee-haw' at the end. Great example of the topic, and terrific writing.
Chrissi Dunn02/19/08
Very well done - Loved the ending.
Clarence (Sonny) White02/19/08
Great writing Betty. I like that style being a country boy myself.

Clarence "Sonny" White
Lynda Schultz 02/19/08
Great stuff.
Dee Yoder 02/19/08
Yee haw! Fun and witty and oh so cheery to read, Betty!
Rita Garcia02/20/08
Pure delight! Yes, "Betty at her finest!"
Glynis Becker02/20/08
So much fun! Great read!
Sara Harricharan 02/20/08
Awww! Poor Jim Bob Earl, or maybe I should say-lucky guy that he had a second chance-er-choice! This was cute with the name bringing through the personality. I could hear this being read with a thick, southern accent. ^_^ Very fun!
Marita Thelander 02/20/08
YOur Jim Bob Earl could be the son of my beloved Dot. Somthin' 'bout simple folk, huh?
Karen Wilber02/20/08
Loved it. Just needs a banjo and guitar accompaniment.
LauraLee Shaw02/21/08
There'll be no singing ballads today!!!! Congratulations on your EC!!!!! :)
Sheri Gordon02/21/08
Congratulations on your EC, Betty. I'm so glad to see this piece place--it was great.
Beth LaBuff 02/21/08
Betty -- Congrats to you and Jim Bob Earl. You've done well together. :)
Loren T. Lowery02/21/08
Three cheers for this light-hearted read and your well deserved win. Way to go.
Sara Harricharan 02/21/08
***Congrats! Awesome writing! *** ^_^
Mariane Holbrook 02/21/08
With a name like "Jim Bob Earl," you know it's going to be a fun piece. I could almost see you writing it and laughing all the while. What a delightful poem!
Amy Michelle Wiley 02/21/08
How fun!! I agree that there were some meter issues, but definately worth the read.