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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: A Pig's Rebellion
By Henry Clemmons
02/18/08


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In the depth of a pigs heart
There is a place
Quiet
Between the rapid
Contractions
And expansions
In that slice
Of silence
That knows
It is
Loved.

A Pig’s rebellion
If it only
Relied
On it’s
Otic regions
Hearing
“Unclean”
“Unclean”
“Unclean”
Could be
Dangerous
For mankind
And swine.

Herds of Pigs
Hoofpeding
Through abandoned streets
Echoing snorts
Sneering oinks
Sty mud flying
Scaring young children
Screaming,
“What’s wrong with Elmer?”
Parents wondering
Where’s Oscar
When you need him
?
No bacon
Nor roasts
Or clogged arteries.
Heart surgeons
Taking out
Second
Mortgages.
It would be
In a word
Crazy.

Porkers Gone Wild
Headlines scream.
“Rampaging razorbacks
On the attack”
Newsmen warn.
“Were not a dirt animal.”
“Were not a dirty animal,”
The pigs proclaim into
Padded microphones.
Commentators
Opine,
“It’s not good
For the pigs
To lose their
Cool like this.
When they get to
Boston
It will hurt
Them in the
End.”

But,
Praise the Lord
This tragedy
Of rash reactions
And thoughts of
Angry pigs
Unclearly
Expressed
Will never
Ever
Happen
Because
God
Is good.

Thankfully
For us and the
Pig nation
We know
And can sleep
Peacefully
Because…

In the depth of a pig’s heart
There is a place
Quiet
Between the rapid
Contractions
And expansions
In that slice
Of silence
That knows
It is
Loved.


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Beth LaBuff 02/21/08
I remember seeing this form of poetry. (possibly on the poetry site posted on one of the threads). I liked your format. Your writing is creative. I enjoyed all your pictures (bacon, razorbacks, hoofpeding--that was a new word for me :) You were definitely thinking out of the box with this. Good work.
Debbie Wistrom02/22/08
This comes from a brilliant mind for sure. Thanks for this out of box approach, so clever...
Sara Harricharan 02/22/08
Oh this is certainly a new one for me! Creative and definitely out of the box here! I didn't see this kind of twist though the title should've warned me! The last verse is great. ^_^
Jan Ackerson 02/24/08
This is apparently the week for excellent poetry! This one required several reads; a pleasant task, because of its superb quality.

I did, however, catch an "it's" that should be "its" in the 2nd stanza.

I'd like a peek into your brain...
Lyn Churchyard02/27/08
I would not have the ability to write poetry like this. My style is more "the cat sat on the mat, while waiting for the rat". You however, make it seem so easy. Excellent! Very well done.
LauraLee Shaw02/27/08
Out of the box creative. It takes incredible skill to write in this form, and that skill is one I do NOT have. Excellent!
Catrina Bradley 02/27/08
Very creative, and thought provoking. In fact, I'll probably be thinking about this poem for a while. Nice job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/27/08
Delightfully executed~ Please pass the bacon.