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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Cooking/Baking (not recipes) (10/16/08)

TITLE: Won't You Have a Cookie?
By Verna Cole Mitchell
10/20/08


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The Christmas season’s time to bake,
And cookies are such fun to make--
Rolled or kneaded, pressed in bars,
Dropped or shaped like trees and stars,
Topped with Christmas-colored sprinkles,
Fringed in tiny candy crinkles.

I have to go to great expense
To get the best ingredients:
Sugar, butter, eggs, and milk,
Flour sifted soft as silk,
Pumpkin, ginger, fresh strawberries,
Oatmeal, raisins, red ripe cherries,
Blocks of chocolate, semi-sweet,
Crushed pineapple, glazed mincemeat,
Fruit that’s dried and fruit that’s not,
Lemon, fig, and apricot,
Chopped pecans and walnut pieces,
Peanutbutter cups from Reese’s,
Vanilla, cocoa, peppermint
To yield a lovely, tempting scent,
Cinnamon and orange spice
For more aromas that are nice,
And butterscotch or Hershey’s kisses,
Making sweet treats more delicious.

So many cookie specialties,
Like coffee-flavored biscotties,
Scottish shortbread, snickerdoodles,
Layered logs with Chinese noodles,
Pinwheels, wafers, snaps, and tarts,
Snowballs, sandies, jellied hearts,
Crisp or crunchy, soft or chewy,
Frostings firm and icings gooey.

I place the dough on cookie sheet
In oven turned on to preheat,
Then cool on counter when they’re done.
And offer some to everyone.

Won’t you have a cookie?


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LauraLee Shaw10/23/08
I am seriously hungry now. YeS, I'll have one already! Great job with the topic.
Joanne Sher 10/24/08
I love the meter of this - perfect. And it flows just beautifully. AND I am SOOOO hungry now! Pass one through the floppy slot please :D
Sunny Loomis 10/24/08
This flows right along. Smiled the whole way through. Yes, I'd like a cookie!
Dixie Phillips 10/25/08
A round of cookies for everyone!
Great job!
Debbie Roome 10/26/08
What a fun poem - love all the descriptions.
Gregory Kane10/27/08
Why thanks. Um, I think I'll have one of those. Actually that one there looks lovely. Hang on, that smells sensational, maybe I should- Oh, I've never seen that blend before. Eek, that looks disgusting. Perhaps a plain one would be better...
Forget it, I'll settle for a mince pie from the faithwriter next door. All this choice is killing me!
Yvonne Blake 10/27/08
oh, I think I gained five pounds just reading this!
There's got be something around here to eat....
Beth LaBuff 10/27/08
If I answer "yes" to your question title… what happens? :) Your ingredient list just "rolls off the tongue"… I especially like, "flour sifted soft as silk," (isn't that a brand name for a flour? :) … and "blocks of chocolate, semi-sweet" I thank you whole-heartedly… I do not have to make a Christmas baking grocery list this year… thanks to your help.

Note to self: I SHOULD NOT have read this on an empty stomach! :)
Angela M. Baker-Bridge10/27/08
It's amazing how this delightful poem has my sweet tooth aching :)
Sharlyn Guthrie10/27/08
I think you've just about covered it all. Excellent job with the crafting of this(as usual).
Betty Castleberry10/27/08
Yes. I definitely want a cookie. That made me hungry! I really enjoyed this tempting, sweep poem.
Celeste Ammirata10/28/08
Wow. I'll take one. I smiled as I read this creative, fun poem. Nice job!
Karlene Jacobsen 10/28/08
Please may I have two? You've made me hungry. (LOL)
Marijo Phelps10/29/08
I can almost smell the kitchen! Good job!
Laury Hubrich 10/29/08
I think I will have one, thank you! This is sinfully sweet and delicious. Oh my!
Joshua Janoski10/30/08
You packed so much sweetness in so few words. Your rhyming is superb. This made me very hungry. Thank you for sharing this delicious poem. :)
Kristen Hester10/30/08
Yes, I want one of your cookies! I have to tell you that as I was reading this, I was thinking "What a great word. What will she rhyme with it??" I am terrible at coming up with rhyming words, so I am sooo impressed with this. And all your words were great words, not words that were forced to fit. They were all perfect. Thumbs up!
Leah Nichols 10/30/08
This is a delightful poem - very very descriptive and well done. Excellent work with the meter, rhymes, etc. - just amazing creativity! Top-notch! :)
Beth LaBuff 10/30/08
VernaJ--I'm sooo pleased you received an EC with this lovely poem! I'm proud of you!! :)
Sheri Gordon10/30/08
Congratulations on your EC, Verna. This is so cute--I love it. And you got all my favorites in there.
Linda Watson Owen11/02/08
Oh, dear Verna, my friend! Do you know that I can actually smell the wonderful aroma of this darling poem?! The meter is perfect, the tone of it jingles and tingles with the excitement of Christmas, and the cookies are, sure as Santa, melting in my mouth! ;-) This poem is delightfully perfect in every single way!! I love it! Congratulations!!
Charla Diehl 11/05/08
I'm coming over to taste test each of these--what's your address? Cleaverly written, perfect rhythm and rhyme, and fits the topic perfectly. Congrats on your EC placement.
Edy T Johnson 12/23/09
The cookies may be tempting, but I was engrossed in your poetic abilities, dear friend. I so love your rhymes! Thank you for this sweet treat :)