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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: MaryRose and the Cowboy
By Charla Diehl
02/25/08


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Clumsy words stumbled o’er his tongue
When the love of his life he did meet.
Sweat from his brow, his wide eyes stung,
Unimpressed she made fast her retreat.

Within his heart he saw her now--
Golden hair and eyes of blue.
“If only, and maybe somehow,
Someday she may love me true.”

One Autumn day Cowboy rode into town
For supplies as winter was coming.
Loading his wagon he spied with a frown
Pretty MaryRose who was humming.

Her arm was tucked beneath the hand
Of a man “Cowboy” didn’t respect.
“I have to make her understand,
Lord, I could use your help, I suspect.”

Now the cowboy’s eyes met with those
Of the card-playing liar and cheat.
He tipped his hat to MaryRose
But the liar he wanted to beat.

He attempted to educate MaryRose
Of the dastardly deeds of this cheater,
Which earned Cowboy a punch in the nose,
But opened her eyes how he’d treat her.

The pretty young miss was taken aback--
She admitted being duped by his charm.
Her dander now up, she gave him a whack,
Then to Cowboy extended her arm.

Strolling away, Cowboy gave a nod
To the starlit heavens above,
He whispered “thanks” to almighty God,
And to MaryRose he swore his love.

She saw that Cowboy’s heart was good
So they married in early May.
Some things just happen as they should,
And their love grows deeper each day.


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LauraLee Shaw02/28/08
I'm hearing a deep, bass voice with a cowboy beat and maybe even some backup singers in between stanzas. I love it when people tell stories through poetry, and I enjoyed this very much. :)
Jan Ackerson 03/02/08
Adorable ballad!

Keep close tabs on your meter; it started to run away at times. And you've got some really great rhymes here, so do your best to avoid over-used rhymes like "above" and "love." You can do it--you're a very good poet.
c clemons03/03/08
Good job, reads like song lyrics to me.