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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Uncles/Aunts (04/17/08)

TITLE: My Aunt Jazz
By Debbie Roome
04/18/08


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My aunty’s name was Jazz,
She drove a pink V8,
Wore leopard skins and spiky heels,
And never put on weight.

My family thought her crazy,
A woman weird and wild,
Devoid of brains and common sense,
Who lived just like a child.

I loved my Aunty Jazz,
Her wigs and jewels and bling,
To visit her was such a joy,
It made me want to sing.

Her house was small and zany,
She lived just down our street,
An edifice of lime and pink,
It surely wasn’t neat.

The garden was a jungle,
A tangled mess of green,
A stony path to access her,
Lay covered and unseen.

Her home inside was whacky,
Think tinsel, glitz and shine,
And lava lamps and disco balls,
And floors of polished pine.

Her pets were all reptilian,
A ‘gator in a tank,
A lizard rough and scaly and
A turtle she named Frank.

I’d go to visit often,
Sneak out the house and run,
My parents roared and stomped their feet,
And tried to stop my fun.

“Come back!” they cried in anger,
“That woman is half mad!”
They didn’t know her heart and soul,
And that made me feel sad.

For Jazz was really special,
She loved in many ways,
Lived life out loud and to the full
And didn’t waste her days.

She taught me much, my aunt,
To care and share and love,
That passion, joy and graciousness,
Are gifts from God above.

My aunty’s long gone now,
The house and reptiles too,
I’ve kept some bling and fur and jewels,
Some memoirs from the zoo.

Her greatest gift, however,
Is deep within my soul,
Engraved and etched and part of me,
The truth that makes me whole.

For all of us are different,
It doesn’t make us wrong,
Rejoice in life and be yourself,
And with God you’ll be strong.


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Betsy Markman04/24/08
This was a very fun read, and very visual. Excellent work.
Charla Diehl 04/24/08
What a fun read. Good rhythm and rhyme--and the last verse says it all--different isn't a bad thing! Good job!
Tim George04/25/08
Though I don't read a lot of the poetry here, I enjoyed this one immensely. Everyone needs a "crazy" uncle or aunt in their life. Aunt Jazz reminded me of my Aunt Jewel. She bought a Harley when she was 65 and rode alone from Louisiana to California and back. Then she sold the Harley and pretended it never happened.
Sharlyn Guthrie04/25/08
What fun! You've painted a colorful picture of Aunt Jazz.
Jason Swiney04/25/08
I agree with all of the above. I definitely think many readers can relate to a quirky aunt or uncle. I'm sure this was based on someone quite real to you, what a blessing to have such an aunt.
Patty Wysong04/26/08
The picture you painted of Jazz is wonderful and I can see it in vivid detail. This was a fun read!
Betty Castleberry04/26/08
I have a dear aunt who isn't quite this zany, but she does like her bling. This made me think of her. I LOVED It!
Joshua Janoski04/27/08
I loved the picture you painted of the aunt. I could see her clearly in my mind, because I know a woman similar to her. I really like how you ended the poem. We should all learn to embrace each other's differences.

Thank you for sharing this delightful poem. :)
Janice Cartwright04/28/08
Too cute to pop! I agree we all need an aunt Jazz. But what in the world is bling?
Loren T. Lowery04/28/08
This Aunt Jazz of yours even taught me a lesson or two...living life to the fullest...is just one of them. Bless her and you for this fun romp of a rhyme.
Beth LaBuff 04/28/08
Boy I would love to see her house! "lime and pink," "lava lamps and disco balls," and reptilian pets :) This was great, "lived life out loud"! Wow, I can't belive this is your first poem on FW! Great rhyme and meter -- Very nicely done.
Jan Ackerson 04/28/08
Very funny read about a very eccentric aunt!

Great job with a syncopated meter. My only suggestion, if you continue with poetry, is slightly more sophisticated rhymes.

We all need someone like Aunt Jazz in our lives!
Willena Flewelling 04/30/08
"For all of us are different,
It doesn’t make us wrong,"

So very true. Too bad it takes some of us such a long time to see it. How much better to stop fighting who I am because I am different, and thereby conserve energy to become who God designed me to be!

PLEASE don't let this be your last poem! :)
Debbie Wistrom04/30/08
What a wonderful rhyme. Loved this character very much. Your MC is blessed.
Karen Wilber 04/30/08
This is fun! I like the rhythm of this rhyme.