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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: A Twister of Twists
By Christine Dunn
04/07/08


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A lively little lassie, I liked nestling in his lap,
Where he wove a web of words to whet my wit.
His stutter couldn’t stifle a stream of stubborn sounds,
Or deter tenacious tries at tongue twisters.

‘A t-t-twister of twists
Once t-t-twisted a twist,
And the t-twist that he twisted
Was a th-three twisted twist.’ *


He revelled in unravelling ridiculous riddles,
Delighted in discerning Dickens’ detail,
And a side-splitting snigger o’er the gist of a joke,
Left him powerless to pass on the punch line.

His dangerous driving distressed droves of pedestrians,
And flattened a few of Mum’s flourishing flowers,
But curiosity compelled his countless excursions
And found him flying to far-flung fields like France.

Stopping one Saturday, we stared skyward in surprise, as
Standing on his roof, securing slipping slates,
Smiled the same stubborn soul, aged a sprightly seventy six,
Convinced he could complete this risky caper.

A perfect personality, poor Papa possessed not.
Trivial tiffs triggered terrible tempers,
And screwing up at Scrabble saw him scowling scarily.
Yet this twisted, tainted mortal mirrored me.

In his last lap of life, lament lashed out at laughter,
Casting away comfort from conundrums.
‘Til Grandad grasped a hold of the greatest guide book given
And pardon peeled off pride, exposing peace.

Both forlorn, though fearless, we now faced our final farewell,
Grandad and his girl now grasped in God’s great grace.
United together, true eternal relatives, by
The Almighty, ultimate ‘Twister of Twists’.





* Read my Grandad’s favourite tongue twister at:
http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/en.htm


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Debbie Wistrom04/10/08
Loved the light hearted yet tender picture you paited here.
Dianne Janak04/11/08
Each line alliterated! Now that is a gift and not easy to do. Made it fun, light and a delight to read. MADE MY MELLOW MEMORY MORE MEANINGFUL. :)
Benjamin Graber04/11/08
This is very cute - and you did a great job with alliteration!
Beth LaBuff 04/11/08
Your alliteration was fun. You've used great descriptive words. I like this (it made me smile), "And a side-splitting snigger o’er the gist of a joke, -- Left him powerless to pass on the punch line." -- I've known people like this. I like the poetic name "Twister of Twists" in your last line.
Joanne Sher 04/13/08
This must have been tough to do - I am VERY impressed with the structure of this - and thanks for the "no eating warning LOL." Enjoyed this very much.
LauraLee Shaw04/13/08
My goodness, this must have taken you forever to write! Wowzer. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 04/14/08
Wonderful, wonderful alliteration. I enjoyed this thoroughly. My favorite poem this week.
Tim Pickl04/16/08
I like this one!
Lyn Churchyard04/17/08
I could not hope to write a poem as masterful as this! Superb Miss Christine, superb!