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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: CASTOR OIL
By vincent lyons
06/03/09


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I’ve a bitter-sweet memory
And it affects me deeply still;
It’s left me with a tendency
To avoid ever looking ill.

It relates to Grand-Aunt Mary
Who had nursing aspirations;
Though our illnesses would vary
She had cure-all medications.

Castor oil was the cure prescribed
For every stomach ache and pain;
A spoonful had to be imbibed—
All our protests were in vain.

If we dared to cough, sneeze or sniff
Or showed a hint of being sick,
We got castor oil in a jiff’;
To her, ‘it always did the trick.’

We found out young, the only way
To avoid Grand-Aunt’s spoon of dread
Was to act healthy every day
Even though you felt half dead!

She gave us lollies afterwards
To take away the bitter taste—
A bitter-sweet perverse reward—
As if the sweets were poison-laced!

To coughs and colds I’m now immune,
All because of castor oil;
Grand-aunt and her medicine spoon
Have me in permanent denial.

Now I have children of my own,
From time to time it makes me smile
To see how healthy they have grown
Without the ‘joys’ of castor oil!


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Beth LaBuff 06/08/09
This was so much fun to read. I so enjoyed Grand-Aunt Mary and her "cure-all medications." No wonder you had to "act healthy everyday!" Your final stanza is a crowning glory to this! Great work!
Mona Purvis06/10/09
Very good. I have those memories. When I was two weeks overdue with my son I was told to take castor oil to get my labor started. I did; it didn't.
It is the best thing to use if you have dry feet/heels. Makes them soft.
Mona