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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: Truth Is Relative--Truth Is Absolute
By Jan Ackerson


Haiku from the dog, upon his master coming home to find dog food scattered all over the kitchen:

I did it—yup, yup
But you were gone for so long!
Tail between my legs

I tossed my food bowl
But you were gone for so long!
Look—puppy dog eyes

Sonnet from the cat, upon her people coming home to find the sheer curtains in shreds:

I’ve had my eye on these for many days.
So long and white, so beautifully fine;
Thus, when you left—please pardon my clichés—
I pounced upon the chance to make them mine.
In truth, this house is mine, and all within.
You’re here to serve my every passing whim
So you should feel no anger, no chagrin
Because the drapes are now my jungle gym.
I’ll bet you wish you’d taken out my claws--
Barbaric practice, that. A travesty!
‘Twould be an awful insult to my paws—
I cannot contemplate such injury.
I’ve finished with the curtains. Now, a nap.
Please have a seat---I need to use your lap.

Verse from the toddler, upon being caught with his hands in the cookie jar:

No, mama, no
It wasn’t me
This isn’t chocolate
That you see
I put my hands
Behind my back
I only took one
Little snack
I don’t know what
Is on my nose
And on my face and
On my clothes
But can I have
A bite of this
I love you mama
Here’s a kiss

Free verse from the teenager, upon being asked for his homework by his English teacher:

It’s in my locker.
      Go ahead and get it, then.
No…I mean it’s in my friend’s locker.
      That’s fine. You may take the hall pass.
Wait. He’s on a field trip.
I don’t know his combination.
      The janitor will open it for you.
      Shall I call him?

Oh, I remember now! It’s in my car.
      Sign out in the office. I’ll wait for you.
No. My dad’s car. He’s got it at work.
I promise I’ll bring it tomorrow, Mrs. K.
      Let’s call him. Maybe he’ll drop it off after work.
      I’m here late this evening.

You can’t call him at work. He’ll get in trouble.
      Really? Here’s his work number, on this parent contact form.
      See? He’s checked “call any time”.

Ummm…I didn’t do my homework.
      Are you sure? Because I think I could go a few more rounds.
Dang, Mrs. K. Yer killin’ me.

Limericks from the poet, upon her first encounter with the God of love:

My Father, I fall at Your feet
I’m a liar, a gossip, a cheat
I’m here on my face
Beseeching Your grace
Embracing Your mercy so sweet

O Lord, undeserving am I
I’ve transgressed, and I surely should die
What mystery is this
That such love exists?
Inexhaustible, perfect supply

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Lynda Schultz 09/04/08
Wow, you're a Master of all the forms! This is great stuff. While I can't personally identify with most of the MCs, I certainly can with the cat—two of them allow me to live here. Well done.
Sheri Gordon09/04/08
This is really, really good. So much packed in such a small space. I especially love the end of the one with the teenager and the one with the cat. Both of those are so funny. Very creative job with the topic.
Joanne Sher 09/05/08
VERY creative - and I love all the poetic forms and the variety of voices throughout. Wonderful.
Betty Castleberry09/08/08
Super creative. I think I like the dog the best.
Gerald Shuler 09/08/08
All I can say is "No wonder I pay attention in your writing class!" Wonderful entry.
Shirley McClay 09/08/08
WOW.. not a poetry buff, but even I could see how even the form of verse reflected the subject.
Sharlyn Guthrie09/08/08
I enjoyed the variety of well-crafted poems, but my favorite is the cat's sonnet, spoken like a person who is owned by one. Excellent entry!
Beth LaBuff 09/08/08
You have successfully had a "mind-meld" with a cat, "Please have a seat---I need to use your lap." I really like the, "Dang, Mrs. K. Yer killin' me." Fun, fun, fun! I could almost hear your ending limericks set to music, ….beautiful words.
Dee Yoder 09/09/08
Ahh, wonderful! I, too, love the verses about cats. You have one who talks to you? (Because you sure have a cat's attitude down pat!) This was so fun to read. Very witty.
Jason Swiney09/09/08
You had something for everyone, a very enjoyable poetry platter...& I am quite sure I taught that teenager. Good stuff.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/10/08
purely delightful... I like the teacher's one best!
Marlene Austin09/10/08
Super job on all, but I love the animal ones the most. :)
LauraLee Shaw09/11/08
This is darling. Love it, especially the last part. ;)