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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: The Challenge
By T. F. Chezum


Once upon a Thursday morn, while I waited so forlorn,
Looking forward to the topic for the week to come.
Drinking coffee, getting wired, hitting refresh, finger tired,
Waiting just to be inspired as my wits succumb.
Being patient, as required as my wits succumb.
Waiting as my mind goes numb.

Oh how I recall the feeling, with imagination reeling,
My composure it was stealing, making my mood glum
So again I hit the button, for this grief I am a glutton.
Playing with my bowl of mutton as my fingers drum.
Constantly I hit the button as my fingers drum.
Building blisters on my thumb.

So I go and check the forum, just a tad bit of decorum,
Interaction with the quorum eased frustration some.
In just minutes Iím back checking, all the while my fingers pecking,
My mind akin to a train wrecking Ė when will the word come?
The buttons on my mouse are flecking Ė will the new word come?
Still here sitting on my bum.

Once again Iím madly clicking, buttons on my keyboard sticking.
Accidentally spill a napkin full of muffin crumb.
Situation getting sadder, putting strain on my grey matter,
Going madder than a hatter as my rear goes numb.
Iím about to burst my bladder and my rear is numb.
What a strain this has become.

Sitting, staring as Iím moping, for the topic I was hoping,
Waiting, wanting, barely coping while my fingers drum.
Suddenly the word appears, as I raise a raucous cheer
Now I know itís all too clear just what Iíve become
Just another challenge junky, thatís what Iíve become
To the challenge I succumb.

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Holly Westefeld08/28/08
Simply hilarious! Can't we all identify!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/29/08
Cheers for a perfect parody. Eat your heart out, Edgar! This is an absolute favorite!
Jan Ackerson 08/31/08
This is an absolute masterpiece. Perhaps the best parody I've ever read, here or anywhere. My hat's off to you for this superb accomplishment--and so, so funny, too!
Yvonne Blake 08/31/08
**smile ** Clap, Clap!Excellent!
I think there are a lot of doing the same thing every Thursday. Very creatively expressed.
Dee Yoder 08/31/08
"Just another Challenge junky that's what I've become"-and how! Let's hear it for the Challenge junkies! Wow. This knocked my socks off-it's got everything to make it stand out and be great: rhythm, rhyme, and humor!
Sharlyn Guthrie08/31/08
Definitely a test of patience at times! You obviously had great fun writing this!
Patricia Turner08/31/08
"Being patient", but really impatient. I know the feeling as I'm sure we all do. I do this at work and quickly have to Alt-Tab to a work tool if my manager walks by. :) Your rhyming and meter are great and my fingers
drummed right along. A really good piece of writing!
Betsy Markman09/01/08
Hee hee, this sounds like it was inspired by Jan's recent Master classes about poetry! Well done. I loved the imagery, and laughed aloud at one point. Great job.

(Still sitting on my bum, too!)
Lynda Schultz 09/01/08
Absolutely first-rate (and oh so true!)
Joshua Janoski09/02/08
LOL! Hilarious stuff here! And oh so true! I sure hope this one places high this week. You might have to sit and wait Thursday morning to see. :)

Awesome creativity with this one!
Carole Robishaw 09/03/08
Oh yes, nothing left to say, this was really good. Sigh, it all too accurately describes my Thursday mornings.

James Dixon09/03/08
I'm supposed to be at work on Thursday afternoon. I'm paid to get a sore back side.
Very funny. Thanks.
Catrina Bradley 09/03/08
Besides being the perfectly true patience story, this is also awesomely perfect poetry. I love all the rhymes with possibly one exception - bowl of mutton?? :D
Excellent work. Deserves first place.
LauraLee Shaw09/04/08
Look how all that waiting paid off! Congratulations on your Editor's Choice!!!
Sheri Gordon09/04/08
Congratulations on your EC. This is so funny...probably because it speaks directly to most of the FW readers. Great job with the topic.
Joy Faire Stewart09/04/08
Oh, this is great! Love the humor. Congratulations on your EC.
Jason Swiney09/04/08
So the folks outside FW might not get it, but who cares, this was awesome. Brilliant rhyme throughout...Congrats on a great EC...I'm going to go read it again.
Beth LaBuff 09/06/08
Tim, everytime I think of this I laugh. What you did is amazing. (I can't even imagine the amount of time this would have taken to write.) I'm so glad this received an EC. Congrats!!
Amanda Brogan06/10/10
Very unique and hilarious rhyming! :)