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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)

TITLE: Not Me--No Sirree
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/02/09


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Take a shower every night.
Brush my teeth till pearly white.

Go to bed first time I yawn.
Get up at the crack of dawn.

Clean the house; no dirt conceal.
Wash the dishes every meal.

Make the bed up daily when
It messes up each night again.

Eat my spinach, beans, and peas.
Bow and say “Excuse me please.”

Put on shoes for summer wear.
Always wear clean underwear.

Stay inside the house all day.
Never go outside to play.

Work until the day is done.
Leave off time for any fun.

Worry when the check’s delayed.
Wonder how the bills get paid.

Watch the nightly TV news.
See sad scenes and get the blues.

Tell my children what to do,
Places that they can’t go to,

Spank them when they’re acting bad.
Fuss at them until they’re sad.

Make them do their math homework.
Punish them for chores they shirk.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The grown-up person I would be
Would NOT do such things—No sirree!

But since adulthood has begun,
I’ve eaten those words, one…by…one.


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Seema Bagai 08/07/09
You aren't the only one who has "eaten those words". As a child I said I was going to go to Disneyland whenever I want. Well, I have an annual pass, but don't make it down there as often as I'd like. I just enjoy the thought that I can go whenever I want. :-)
Loren T. Lowery08/10/09
I could just picture a child, sitting in a chair at a desk, legs swinging, pencil in hand writing this poem. And then suddenly once adulthood has begun, he's eaten those words, one by one. Delightful! Thanks for the smile!
Helen Dowd 08/10/09
Cute! Very cute! I love the title and it is so suited to the topic...Oh, it's payback time...Things we groused at when we were kids--but didn't dare say outloud--come back to haunt us as we give the same directions to the next generation...And it will go on and on and on and on...Oh Adulthood!!! How grand?...Helen
Connie Dixon08/10/09
Oh, the future's here to haunt,
Can't eat everything you want!

Know these words don't taste that great. Good job!
Mariane Holbrook08/11/09
When I read this the other day, I said to myself, "Self, there is only one person who could have written this!" And I was right. I can see all these poems in a very atractive book with a magnificent cover to do them justice.Hallmark would like to pre-order 8,000 sight unsenn. Kudos!
Ada Nett08/11/09
Delightful...you captured the word by eaten word slide into the world of becoming an adult!I enjoyed reading this!
Mona Purvis08/11/09
The voice of this one is just perfect! Haven't we all learned to eat our words? Your writing is always tugging at my heartstrings.

mona
Catrina Bradley 08/11/09
No siree, not me either. I don't want to do any of that stuff! I found the meter a bit off in a couple of places, but the poem, the ending especially, was very enjoyable!
Sara Harricharan 08/12/09
I almost made a jumprope rhyme out of this-lol! Love the rhythm and flow of the words and especially the very last lines. Ah...yes, eating those words. *choke* lol. Very nicely done!
Laury Hubrich 08/12/09
Love your title and your poem is AWESOME and so very true:)
Jackie Wilson08/12/09
I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Loved the steady, strong rhythm in your verses.