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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: Red Red Red
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Strawberries, raspberries,
Summer’s delight,
Streamers at sunrise,
Red sky at night.

Ribbon rewarded for
Show--second place.
Embarrassment’s color
Blushing your face.

Apples a’ripening,
Autumn’s surprise.
Cherries in season now;
Soon we’ll have pies.

With cheeks full of cookies,
You’ve been caught red-handed.
“Stay out of the kitchen!”
Your mother’s commanded.

Your theme written quickly,
You'd no time to think;
You'll find it ablaze with
The teacher's red ink.

The skillet that burned you,
You’ve never forgot.
You touched it, not knowing
That it was red hot.

The bureaucrats love it—
A lot of red tape.
A bull gets enraged by
Bullfighter’s red cape.

The color of polish
For fingers and toes
Is match to red lipstick
That glistens and glows.

With goodies for Granny,
She went through the woods,
Where big bad wolf pounced on
Poor Red Riding Hood.

Everything’s working out,
Going your way.
It’s obvious this is a
Red Letter Day.

I think God must love red;
He used it so much.
Both rainbows and roses
Display His bold touch.

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Mariane Holbrook 10/08/09
What a darling poem! You gave every definition possible of "red" and in the process made me laugh and marvel at your creativity. I don't know a thing you left out that could have been included under the umbrella of "red." A great entry which is sure to perk up everyone who reads it. Big time Kudos!!!
Bryan Ridenour10/08/09
Love the creative look at the many different occurrences of red. Well done!
Betty Castleberry10/08/09
"The bureaucrats love it—
A lot of red tape." That is my favorite line. Made me giggle.

Thank you for this entertaining poem.
Mona Purvis10/08/09
Just a pleasure to read! Delightful and fun. Right on topic.
Myrna Noyes10/08/09
Your red-themed poem was a delight to read! Simply excellent! :)
Charla Diehl 10/09/09
Perfectly written to the topic. You'll find no red ink from me for this poem which excels in rhyme, meter, and everything in between.
Sara Harricharan 10/09/09
Yummy strawberries! Now I feel like eating cheesecake.
Elizabeth Baize10/10/09
So creative! So enjoyable! This one is going in my favorites! I thoroughly enjoyed all the references to read; I'm amazed that you stopped and took the time to compile this poetic list.
Marty Wellington 10/11/09
Simply delightful. A feast for those red-deprived.
Jan Ackerson 10/13/09
So cute! I loved the Red Riding Hood verse...and all of the others! What a fun poem.
Laury Hubrich 10/13/09
Sweet sweet sweet:)
Lynda Schultz 10/13/09
A pleasure to read.
Loren T. Lowery10/14/09
Delightful - I'm hoping, however, for that second place red ribbon, they are blushing for doing so well and not because they didn't get the coveted blue. So many wise and observant stanzas in this wonderful poem.
Jim McWhinnie 10/14/09
As always, your love of life left me charmed and graced ... thank you
Shilo Goodson10/14/09
When I saw that it was a basically a list of red things, I didn't think that I would enjoy this piece. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a good piece that flowed really well.
Marita Thelander 10/15/09
Well that sums up RED quite nicely. Congratulations, Verna.
Linda Watson Owen10/15/09
Oh, Verna! What a delight!! You, my friend, seem to write so effortlessly as you gift us with your rhyming treasures! I love this little charmer...it tickles me 'red'! Congratulations!!
Lisa Johnson10/16/09
I enjoyed this little red poem...congratulations on your EC.
Yvonne Blake 10/19/09
Beautiful, Verna! I want to sing, "These are few of my favorite things..."
Diana Dart 10/20/09
So sweet! Love all of the ways/places where you found the colour. Mostly I love the end! Perfect.
Myrna Noyes10/21/09
Better late than never to congratulate you on your EC! I loved this poem the first time I read it!
Loren T. Lowery10/22/09
A belated, but none-the-less heartfelt congratulations on your EC, Verna. I'm still wondering about that 2nd place red ribbon, however : )