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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: Erasmus and the Ant
By Betsy Markman
08/01/08


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When Erasmus Lee Gold
Became eighty years old
He did the day up with rare style.
He got into a plane
With no fear in his brain
And waved his goodbyes with a smile.

"I told them I'd do it!
I could! I just knew it!
But no one ever believed me.
They said, 'Pops, you're unsound,
Now stay put on the ground!'
But the thought of quitting grieved me."

Through the glass he could see
Oh, so melancholy
His children and all of his grands.
Daughter Sue wiped her tears
Oh, that gal's silly fears!
And the rest stood wringing their hands.

Soon he zoomed way up high
In the clear, azure sky
With the chute fixed tight to his frame.
His palms felt all sweaty
Like first kissing Betty.
"Next to that leap, this one is tame!"

Now, unseen way below
Crawled a red ant named Joe
An ant of the leaf-cutting kind.
Bit off more than could chew
What on earth should he do?
He was in a horrible bind.

See, he'd made a fool's bet
And would soon be in debt
If he couldn't haul this load back.
Many leaves of huge size
In his jaws like a vise
Nearly gave him a heart attack!

"That dip once seemed so small,
Before I had to haul
This load that has left me so tired.
Now I can't get across,
And my wager's a loss.
If late, I may even get fired!"

"Oh dear Lord," he prayed, "first,"
I am dying of thirst
And second, it's six forty-eight.
If I'm tardy, my boss
Will get terribly cross
And seven-oh-one is too late!"

Just then, high in the air,
Without even a care,
Erasmus jumped from his safe perch,
So enthralled with the view
That he shouted, "WHOO-HOOO!"
As his parachute caught with a lurch.

Now, aerodynamics,
And fluid mechanics
Did just what they naturally do,
So his false teeth came loose
Thanks to wind and "spit juice"
And flew from his mouth in mid "HOOO."

Once affixed to a crown,
Six teeth now spiraled down
As if they'd never been anchored.
They touched down with a "thud"
Right near Joe, in the mud...
The answer for which he'd hankered!

"Hallelujah" he cried
When the blessing he spied
At just five minutes to seven.
An arch stood, nice and neat,
'Cross the dip near his feet...
A bridge that fell down from Heaven!


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Joanne Sher 08/07/08
oooohh MY! What a RIOT! So cute and fun and delightful in EVERY stanza. I hope this was as fun to write as it was to read.
Lynda Schultz 08/07/08
Priceless! I had some trouble with the cadence in a couple of spots, but that could be just me. Nevertheless, this was delightful. Good work.
Heather Sargent08/07/08
I LOVED this! Fabulous!
Holly Westefeld08/08/08
I enjoyed this outside the box approach. It was a lot of fun!
Christopher Dawson08/09/08
Great, fun stuff! You "bridged" a gap of levity in my day!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/10/08
A really fun narrative poem here!
Beth LaBuff 08/14/08
Betsy -- Super congrats on placing with this terrific story poem!!
Patricia Turner08/14/08
LOL! A hilarious hallelujia!! What a fun read! Congratulations
Laury Hubrich 08/21/08
O! I've never been so happy for an ant before:) Hooray! Nice poem here. What fun!