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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: A Problem with Editing
By Linda Payne
05/16/09


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A Problem with Editing

A brouhaha broke out this week
as I tried to pen this rhyme,
letters and punctuation really
gave me a difficult time.

First little i and little e fought,
over who would be first in line.
“I firmly believe, as you can see,
that I come first,” bragged i.

Then C showed up with a compromise,
ever the diplomat,
“How ‘bout i before e except after c,
and that,” he perceived, “is that!”

Little i’s father, capital I,
gently reminded the mites,
“I comes after family and friends,
that is only polite.”

Punctuation piped up next,
not to be outdone,
and added their opinions
as to how this piece should run.

“Before you finish this sorry excuse
for a poem,” they all whined,
“you really need to check the afters
of each sentence and line.”

“Why, oh why,” moaned question mark,
“what is the motive, the point?”
“More emotion, excitement, and thrills!”
exclamation point rejoined.

Placid period patiently sat,
wherever she was placed.
Comma paused and broke up fights,
and made sure that nobody raced.

“Don’t forget us,” the Capitals called.
“Like sentinels we stand
before each sentence and proper noun,
we proudly lead the band.”

“Enough!” I yelled. “You’ve made your point,
who is the author here?”
But, I checked my spelling, capitals, and dots,
and everybody cheered!


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Loren T. Lowery05/21/09
This is so funny! And, I do believe those little critters do argue just like you said; as I've heard them as well.
Charla Diehl 05/21/09
Clever, witting, cute and yes, I like this.
Joanne Sher 05/22/09
Ohhh - what fun!! So creative and delightful. Thank you!
Janice Fitzpatrick05/23/09
This is cute and very creative. Nice job. I got a chuckle out of this. Thx for writing this comical piece. I think as writers we all face this dilemna.:0)
Emily Gibson05/23/09
Perfect humorous take on this topic! this was a joy to read.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/23/09
Cheering with you for a poem well-done.
Debbie Roome 05/23/09
This brought a big smile to my face. So true and an unusual take on the topic.
Patricia Herchenroether05/23/09
Oh, my favorite is:
Placid period patiently sat,
wherever she was placed.
Comma paused and broke up fights,
and made sure that nobody raced.
Really cute!
Sharon Kane05/25/09
A very witty and amusing take on the topic, and on the idiosyncrasies of the English language. Cleverly done!