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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)

TITLE: Grandparents--Great, Great, and Beyond
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I come from Scottish ancestry;
At least, thatís what Iím told.
Iíve questions swirling in my mind
Of my forebears of old.

Did my ancestors long ago
Live royally in castles,
Or did they dwell on thatch-roofed farms,
Or did they serve as vassals?

Did they climb the high Munros
Or go fishing in the loch?
Did they catch a glimpse of Nessie
And then almost die of shock?

Did they ever toss a caber,
Dance a lively Highland fling,
Play a game of golf or rugby,
Or that squeaky bagpipe thing?

Did my progenitor wear kilts
To represent his clan,
And tuck a knife inside his sock,
As well-dressed Scottish man?

Did some drink potent potables
(Reports say many did),
Or hang with shady notables
Like well-known Captain Kidd?

Did young wee lads and lassies
(I am guessing this is sure),
Admire from a distance
Pretty thistles on the moor?

Whatever is my heritage
From Scotlandís noble land,
Amazing is my pedigree
From lineage that is grand.

Ancestors that Iíve thought about
It would be fun to know.
Perhaps Iíll meet some godly ones
In heaven when I go.

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Lynda Schultz 01/29/09
If not down here, up there. Very good.
Dee Yoder 01/29/09
I also have UK heritage and this makes me want to travel there and see all the things that make this country so unique. Well-written and descriptive.
Joanne Sher 01/31/09
This is delightful, with wonderful word choice and descriptions.
Myrna Noyes02/01/09
Being "into" genealogy, your title grabbed my attention. I'm glad it did, because I loved your poem! It flows well, and I like what it says, too! :) Great job!
Chely Roach02/03/09
This was really well done, and quite entertaining. I laughed out loud at the line, "Or that squeaky bagpipe thing?" Loved it.
Jan Ackerson 02/03/09
Wonderful, Verna--and some of your rhymes especially charmed me. Loads of fun in this poem.
Karlene Jacobsen 02/03/09
What a fun poem to read, asking the questions re: your heritage.
Beth LaBuff 02/03/09
This was my favorite... :)
"Did they ever toss a caber,
Dance a lively Highland fling,
Play a game of golf or rugby,
Or that squeaky bagpipe thing?"
What a great title, too!
Yvonne Blake 02/04/09
My ancestors came from Scotland too..I'd love to go see it someday. I've been told that there is Gaelic Bible somewhere among my cousins, that belonged to my great, great grandfather.
Sheri Gordon02/04/09
This is so very good, Verna. I love reading your poetry--you are quite gifted. And great job with the topic.
Leah Nichols 02/05/09
Clever poem with quite creative lines. I like the variety of the rhyming words - there were several I wouldn't think of picking to rhyme with!
Myrna Noyes02/05/09
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR E.C.!! I knew this wonderful poem was a winner when I first read it! :)
Edy T Johnson 02/05/09
Dear Verna, you write the sweetest poems. I think you covered Scotland and all its fascinating features quite nicely. And, I too got a kick out of your clever rhymes. Congratulations on the EC! You know I'll want an autographed copy of the book (^&^)
Beth LaBuff 02/06/09
Yay! Congrats VernaJ, on your level placing and your EC! I'm so happy for you!