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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)

TITLE: Yes I'm Serious
By Betty Castleberry


I was surfing the web when I found this Christian writer’s site that has something called a writing challenge every week. Since I’m quite the poet, I decided to enter.

“Thelma”, I told myself, “the world needs to see your God-given talent.” So here’s what I wrote:

Poem for Australia

Far, far away is a country called Australia
If you get a pen pal there, they’ll surely love to mail ya
I hear they do a lot of waltzing
With a lady named Matilda
I don’t know why they named her that; I like the name of Hilda

There are places you cannot pronounce with lots of U’s and E’s
Like Kununurra and Fleurieu, try to say them if you please
I’d like to know what a billabong is
Or at least know what it does
All these things have wrapped my brain in lovely Aussie fuzz

Kangaroos that box and dance are fascinating to me
I want to see a koala bear in a eucalyptus tree
Vegemite sandwiches you can keep
They don’t sound very tasty
But then again they might be great, let’s not be overly hasty

If I could talk with a real Australian he just might say “Oh crikey.”
See everything I know about “Oz“? I really hope you likey.
Yep, those accents are a lot of fun
They’re real pleasing to my ears
I’d love to see some Bushmen holding up their pointy spears.

Their social customs aren’t so odd; they put shrimp on the barbie
They call their kinfolk “rellies”; what could an Australian car be?
They have to vote, that’s what I heard
They don’t mess around with that
And if you visit the outback, you should wear an outback hat

Yes, Australia is a place where I’d love to spend vacation
It’s a fascinating, interesting, and no doubt gorgeous nation.

Well, that’s it. Pretty good, huh? I have amazing talent if I do say so myself. I don’t know when they announce the winner, but I’m going to be waiting. I hope there’s a big cash prize. I’d like to win enough money to buy a plane ticket to Australia.

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Sharon Henderson01/22/09
Very Cure! Held my attention throughout. I struggled some with the cadence but I really liked the entry. I too hope to visit there someday.
Charla Diehl 01/22/09
I liked this creative and fun entry. Rhyme and meter are A+, and you know more about this coutry than I do--although I like the accent too.
Joy Faire Stewart01/22/09
This was so much fun, I had to read it again. Loved it!
mick dawson01/22/09
Loved it; it sounded like an Aussie could have written it. The style of poetry and the sense of humor is typical of the land. The only thing that gave you away is that Aussies never throw a shrimp on the barbie. I think that's something Hollywood started. Here they're called prawns and although I'm forty-six next month, I've never been to a barbie where an Aussie does that.
Joanne Sher 01/23/09
Cute and clever and FUN. Enjoyed this.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/24/09
You pointed out some interesting customs in your "not serious" ;-) poem.
Beth LaBuff 01/24/09
LOL… "I like the name of Hilda" and "I really hope you likey" This is total fun with a lot of Australian details thrown in! Thelma, you are a great poet! :)
Jan Ackerson 01/25/09
Love the tongue-in-cheek humor here! Hilarious!
Chely Roach01/25/09
Oh my...this was a hoot. Super entertaining, and I totally enjoyed it!
Catrina Bradley 01/25/09
Very fun! Thelma made me smile. :-D
Karlene Jacobsen01/25/09
This was very cute. I love the poem and the note that you found a contest to enter. I hope you win enough $$ to go to Australia too, (if I can stash myself in you luggage. LOL Promise, I'll be invisible...)
Leah Nichols 01/26/09
Wow....this is talent! You have wonderful creativity even while being silly. :)
Dee Yoder 01/26/09
You've judged enough entries to create a good poem, haven't you now?! Love this character and her funny writing...and if she wins that prize, Scott's gonna have some 'splainin' to do! Love this humor, Betty.
Joshua Janoski01/26/09
LOL. The poem was very funny and enjoyable, but I enjoyed the intro and end bits the best. I think we all would enjoy a nice cash prize for our entries in the challenge. :)
Linda Payne01/27/09
Very clever, delightful poem, made me chuckle.