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

TITLE: Poor Old Tasmanian Devil
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Australia is a land most fair
With nature’s beauty everywhere—
Islands, rivers, outback land,
Mountains, forests, desert sand.

But given choice, I would not choose,
At any kind of level,
To have the traits that can be seen
In their Tasmanian Devil.

Consuming carrion would be gross,
And were that not enough,
I wouldn’t want to make a meal
Of other rotten stuff.

I couldn’t stand to spend my days
In dense brush or a hole,
And hunting wallabies at night
Would never be my goal.

To be known for ferocity,
Along with awful smell,
And for emitting raucous sounds
Would bother me as well.

To have large clumps of hair pulled out
By others when we’re fighting,
Then getting scars from such events
Does not seem so exciting.

It would be sad to hear folks say
I’m ugliest of creatures
With big head and a vicious yawn
And no attractive features.

I guess that wouldn’t matter though
To others of my kind.
Since they all look and act like me,
They simply would not mind.

Still devils surely have their place;
I must not be deluded,
For God created everything,
Marsupials included.

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Lynda Schultz 01/22/09
Love it! God made them for some purpose—if only to remind us that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
mick dawson01/22/09
Great! you certainly did your homework with this one and captured the nature of the Tazzy devil accurately.
Connie Dixon01/23/09
Good job, I loved the flow of this and your spotlight on the Tasmanian Devil was.....well - enlightening. Thanks for the lesson!
Joanne Sher 01/23/09
Very cute - and you obviously did do your research, as an Aussie gave you the thumbs up! (LOL Hope I get one too!) Enjoyed this.
Dee Yoder 01/23/09
What fun! The poor Tazzy has his troubles, but we still are drawn to his eccentric look and his wild and wily ways! Fun, entertaining, and informative...that's a lot to pack into a poem. ( :
Beth LaBuff 01/23/09
Expertly written... so much fun and truth. I love your last stanza!
Chely Roach01/25/09
Tee hee...this was a lot of fun to read! I loved the last stanzas. Wonderful.
Leah Nichols 01/25/09
I was wondering where you were going with this one and then you tied it up so perfectly in the end! Nicely done!
Jan Ackerson 01/25/09
Yvonne Blake 01/25/09
*smile* This would be great as part of a collection of animal poems...very educational!
Karlene Jacobsen01/25/09
Loved it.
Catrina Bradley 01/25/09
I love it! The rhythm and the rhymes.. and the story too, of course. A rollicking good read that left me smiling.
Myrna Noyes01/26/09
Hee-hee! I love your funny, informative, well-crafted poem! Excellent job! :)
Joshua Janoski01/26/09
The flow of this poem was wonderful. I like how you injected some fun and true facts about the Tasmanian Devil throughout the poem. Fun stuff!
Linda Payne01/27/09
Loved your poem. I feel the same about roaches (UGH!) But you are right, we do need to find the beauty in all of God's creatures.
Joy Faire Stewart01/27/09
Very creative writing on topic. You made it fun as well as informative. Love it!
Eliza Evans 01/28/09
Delightful! Great job on research, too! :)
Loren T. Lowery01/28/09
You have such a wonder gift with words and verse...and it's all educated : ) Which makes reading it not only enjoyable, but educational as well. I love reading your work and seeing how you turn challenges into poetry,
Glynis Becker01/28/09
Great job! I love the meter and the ending was perfect!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge01/28/09
Historical poetry...amazing!