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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: Miranda Ant
By Verna Cole Mitchell
03/08/08


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Miranda Ant had slept all day,
Which made the others mad.
Said Andrew Ant, “I’m ‘shamed of you;
Your laziness is sad.”

Amanda Ant had words for her
About the tasks she’d shirk.
She said, “It’s up to all of us
When it is time to work.”

Said Randy Ant in deep disgust,
“This one thing I believe,
If you were queen, you’d lay no eggs
For workers to receive.”

And Clancy Ant then spoke his piece
And nudged her with his knee,
“Get up and help me shove this rock;
It’s way too big for me.”

When Daniel Ant saw her abed,
He couldn’t understand
Why she was not out pushing dirt
Beneath the bulging land.

Then Nancy Ant came close to her
And yelled right in her ear,
“If you’re not up within the hour,
I’ll stomp you—do you hear?”

Then Brandon Ant tried kinder words,
“You know we love you, Dear,
But when the sun is in the sky,
It’s our job to appear.”

He added in his speech to her,
“I do not want to fuss,
But to remind you for our ways,
The Bible praises us.*

Samantha Ant then had a plan
To find a picnic place.
She knew Miranda loved them and
Would surely show her face.

And then Cassandra Ant came close
And shooed them all away.
“Can you not tell she’s dead,” she said,
“And been that way all day?”

*Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at Harvest. NIV


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jodie banner03/13/08
What great example of Anthropomorphism. I must admit I'd guessed the ending about halfway through.Very Cute!
Shelley Ledfors 03/13/08
Very creative and cute!
Holly Westefeld03/13/08
Cute. And yes, you got me at the end.
Sally Hanan03/14/08
Very cute, and you must have had lots of fun when you got to the end and realized she was dead :)No way did I figure that out til then!
Laury Hubrich 03/16/08
Ah, I didn't see the end coming either!
Dee Yoder 03/16/08
Well, Friend-you caught me, too-I didn't guess at all! I love the rhymes and the rhythm of this, as well as the humor. (Especially that she's "been that way all day".) Ha!
Jan Ackerson 03/16/08
Wonderful, Verna, and I suspect that you've been peeking ahead in my "class"--love the assonance in the names in all of the ants. And the ending really nailed me. Great job!
Sheri Gordon03/16/08
Did not see that ending coming at all--it made me guffaw. (Is that okay?) Loved the reference to the Bible scripture. Good job with the topic.
Betty Castleberry03/16/08
Cute, clever, and very well done. The ending was great. I love your rhyming poems, Verna.
Lyn Churchyard03/16/08
Great story in verse. I never saw the end coming either. Well done Verna.
Catrina Bradley 03/16/08
Ok, THAT was an unexpected ending! :) The rhythm and rhyme is so much fun, and I love the ant's names.
Patty Wysong03/17/08
Ypu got me with the end! I couldn't figure out why an ant would still be sleeping--too cute!
Yvonne Blake 03/17/08
(Ha Ha Ha) You got me at the end! Funny!
I like all your names and characterizations.
Good job. **THIS SPARKLES**
Loren T. Lowery03/17/08
Poor Miranda : ( Even in death she can't get no rest. Loved it! : )
Joanne Sher 03/18/08
Absolutely cute and fun - and I LOVE the ending! I loved the meter/rhythm of this - so perfect!
Dianne Janak03/18/08
Loved the idea, the execution, and the fun light way to make the point, and YES the surprise at the end.. although sad, unless of course they are fire ants.. if so... not so sad.!
Leigh MacKelvey03/18/08
You need to put all these rhymes in a book for children!
Another nice one!
Debbie Wistrom03/18/08
Enjoyable and engaging. Thanks for the ants view of making hay.
Mandy White03/18/08
Delightful poem! I thought poor Miranda was just lazy!
Sara Harricharan 03/19/08
I can't help saying that this is CUTE! with capital letters, lol! Such a fun read, I really liked how the names all ended with 'ant' to tie in with what they were (ants) and especially the last verse, that was my favorite, a really great job, Verna! You made me smile. ^_^
Celeste Ammirata03/23/08
I loved this poem. Poor little ant. Very well written and fun to read. :-)
LaNaye Perkins09/01/08
Your poetry brings a smile to my heart and face. I loved every line my friend!