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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: Omnivorous Spring
By Bryan Ridenour
07/28/09


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Songbirds chirped, time to rise,
Papa rolled from bed.
His tummy rumbled, his wife's asleep,
"Wake-up sleepy head."

Her eyes popped open, she groaned aloud,
Then out of bed she flew.
"Wake up Junior," she announced.
"I'll go and make some stew."

"Hmmm," said Papa, salivating.
"That will hit the spot."
So off he padded down the hall,
To waken sleeping tot.

A whiffling snore, greeted Pop,
As he tiptoed to his tyke.
"Your mama's making lunch my son,
But first let's take a hike."

Junior stretched, moaned and sniffed,
Detecting floral bloom.
Sunlight streamed through window pane,
Long gone winter's gloom.

"We shan't go far, oh Papa dear,
For strangers roam these woods.
Some might steal a gulp of stew,
Or break my chair, they could."

He scooped up Junior to his feet,
And tousled Junior's head.
"Don't worry son, our home's secure,
Now hurry, make your bed."

"But Papa," whimpered little cub,
"How 'bout a wily fox?"
"Our doors are safe, I know 'tis true,
I installed golden locks."


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Laury Hubrich 08/03/09
Ha Ha! Love this. Love the ending, especially.
Joy Faire Stewart08/03/09
This is fun...love it!
Genia Gilbert08/03/09
Loved it, especially the "golden locks."
Mariane Holbrook08/03/09
Oh I liked this! I was tapping my fingers on my desk as I was reading it and found it such a delightful and fun read! Great job!!!
Lyn Churchyard08/04/09
This is wonderful, Bryan. I agree, it would make a great kids' picture book. Very clever last two lines. Well done!!
Eliza Evans 08/04/09
Very fun and cute. Love the jaunty rhyme. And golden locks??? Oh man...Clever! I wish I would have written that! :)
Ada Nett08/05/09
Now that was clever!
Sara Harricharan 08/05/09
heehee, cute and clever! love the wordplay at the end.
Loren T. Lowery08/05/09
Clever and fun and the last line had a tongue-in-cheek- wittiness about it. And, once reading it, the title could not be more perfect.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/05/09
Creative and fun with the best line saved for last!
Pamela Kliewer08/05/09
Delightful! Made me chuckle at the end... :)
Mona Purvis08/05/09
Bryan, how do you think this stuff up? It is so good. I laughed out loud and had to read it to Bill.
Mona