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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: Pup and Clown's Little Bladder Blessing
By Henry Clemmons
04/08/09


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The clown with the big brown shoes
And white powdered face
With red painted round lips
Walked with a small little pup
Who could fit in a
Tiny tiny tea cup.

It was a tiny teacup pup
Of the poodle variety
That traveled with the clown
With the big brown shoes
Who would actually frown
If not for the red painted
Round lips and white powdered
Face.

The clown did not have a
Town
Of his own to call his
Town
So every
Town
He traveled too was somebody else’s
Town
Always

Somebody else’s

Town.

And that
Made the clown
With the big brown shoes
And red painted round lips
Actually

Frown

A hidden frown
But it made the clown
Feel

Down

Really
Really

Down

Because
The clown was always
In somebody else’s
Town
Always
Somebody else’s

Town.

But,
Thank God
For the tiny teacup pup
That actually
Fit in a tiny
Teacup.
Because,
It was the pup
While venturing out of the cup
Looking for a small fire hydrant
That
Found a crown
And barked at the clown
Who bent down and picked up the crown
And held it
In his hands
And said,
“Wow.”
In an awestruck
Kind of way.

The crown was gold
And the clown
For reasons unknown
Began to cry
Big round, round tears
That streaked
Down, down
His white
Powdered face.

The clown did not feel so
Down
Now
That he held the crown
Even though
The clown was in
Somebody else’s

Town.

So
The clown placed
The crown
On his head
And began to dance
Around
Forcing the pup to jump back into the
Teacup
Though still needing to find a small
Fire hydrant.

So
Because of the crown
The clown
That used to feel down
Because he was always
Always
In somebody else’s
Town
Started to feel
Up
In an opposite of down
Kind of way
And he wondered
Why.

A woman dressed in a white gown
Then
Walked up to the clown
And asked
“Did you find the crown
And lose your frown?”

She saw the clown’s tears
Streaking down
His white powdered face
And answered her own
Question.

“I see you did, Clown. Now,
Let me show you around my town
And your
New
Town
Yes, Clown
Your
Town
Where you will never
Never
Feel
Down
Again.
So, cheer up
There is even good news for the pup
In the tiny teacup
Because Heaven
Even though you won’t find it written anywhere
Has many
Many
Small
Fire hydrants.”

And that is the story of the down clown without a town who found Heaven’s golden crown because of his tiny teacup pup’s small little bladder; just incase you were wondering.


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Glynis Becker 04/10/09
This one made me smile :) What clever use of 'up' and 'down'! Very quirky and unexpected.
Beth LaBuff 04/11/09
I smiled at your "tiny teacup pup" and his "venturing out of the cup". :) This is super creative and so entertaining!
Rachel Rudd04/13/09
I agree! Very entertaining with a point to match!
Catrina Bradley 04/14/09
Brilliant. Totally captivating. The verses left me smiling and happy, and the last line made me laugh.
Ruth Ann Moore04/15/09
As I read this, I could well imagine it as a children's story with animated pictures. It was so well done. It took me along on the journey with your Pup and Clown.
Jan Ackerson 04/15/09
LOL--you've got to love a poem with a title like that!

And the last few lines made me grin like a doofus, right in the middle of giving a test on...would you believe it?...poetry.

Really fun poem, Henry. You going to have Dot and Mold in the next one? :-)
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/15/09
Delightful for children...and adults.
Beckie Stewart04/15/09
That was great. Loved it! Think it was my favorite read all week so far.
Mona Purvis04/15/09
Henry, this is so different, fun and one just out of the box. Grabs you and takes you down with it.
Mona
Chely Roach04/15/09
Best. All. Week. I absolutely loved this (and I hate clowns)! Excellent!
Betty Castleberry04/15/09
Chuckle, chuckle. I like this, especially the last few lines. Thumbs up!
Pamela Kliewer04/15/09
This is wonderful. You brought a smile to my face... :)