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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)

TITLE: Play Me That Tiger Rag
By Catrina Bradley


“The game you’re attending
Depends on one hue;
Wear it; proclaim it,
At all costs to you.

“Do not don a t-shirt
Of red or of black!
You must wear the Orange
Or risk an attack.

“The Tigers of Clemson
Are king of this day;
The orange and purple –
They WILL have their say!”

I scoured my closet;
A tiger I sought;
The closest to orange --
A pale apricot.

(I did this because it’s
My husband’s one passion.
I rarely buy orange, see
It’s not quite in fashion)

I put on the t-shirt
And strode to the kitchen;
Where hubby awaited
So eager to pitch in.

Although I’d been told,
and my brain is not lame,
I listened with poise
As he said it again:

“The snacks and the drinks
Hon, they cannot be scorned;
Be clever; inventive!
Pumpkin pie! Candy corn!

“Is it orange? Then yes
It will be most accepted
Bring Cheetoes, Doritos.
Faux pas? Soon detected.”

Do I need reminding
Of consequence grim,
If I make a fool of
Big tiger fan him?

On this, my first trip
To his old college haunts,
He can’t be subjected
To his buddy’s taunts.

We can’t take my car,
See, it’s bright cherry red,
So we pack up his pick-up;
It’s full steam ahead.

Stuck to his truck with
Mechanical claws
Are flags of bright orange
Decked out with white paws.

We pull in the lot
To a welcome of cheers;
His friends are all jumping
And waving their beers

Hubby hops out and
Heads straight for our ice chest
While I contemplate
If I failed my first test.

I open my door and
Step out on the dirt,
Straighten my shoulders
And smooth out my shirt.

One look at his face
When he pulls from the ice
A bright can of soda
Says this won’t be nice.

“Um, honey, is this
What you brought us to drink?
What were you thinking?
Did you even think?

“This is football, a tailgate!
Have you lost your mind?
I knew that I should have
Just left you behind.”

I take a deep breath
And I say, “But my dear,
You gave me instructions;
You made them quite clear.

“I see you are mad,
But I know you’re no lush.
You said just one hue
So I brought Orange Crush.”

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Barbara Lynn Culler11/28/09
OHHHH- I get it! Cute story! Poor wife tried!Bet this is a winner!
Charla Diehl 11/29/09
This was fun, cute, entertaining, and a creative use of the topic. It read smoothly and the rhymes didn't feel forced at all. Thumbs up on this entry.
Mona Purvis11/29/09
Oooh. My hubby's a South Carolina fan. Actually a fanatic. Don't have to mention yesterday's game, do I?
Very cute entry. Almost made me like Clemson. NOT!

Mariane Holbrook11/29/09
How delightful! What a fun read! I could smell the autumn air and see the tailgates everywhere. An adorable ending. I actually giggled out loud. Good for her!
Colin Swann12/01/09
A creative story in rhyme - Enjoyed!
Marita Thelander 12/01/09
Lots of poetry this quarter. I really liked this easy going relaxed pace and the punch line was perfect. Good job, Cat.
Jan Ackerson 12/02/09
Totally adorable! Loved every word!
Diana Dart 12/02/09
Great ending! Looks good on him. Good rhythm with such fun word choices.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/02/09
I love your clever poem--ending just right. (My brother is a 100 proof Clemson fan.)
Ruth Brown 12/02/09
I love funny poems, yours was so cute and fun. As poetry goes, I think it was well metered as well.