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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: Can You Feel My Pain
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I might be just a bit fanatical
For language that is ungrammatical.
It hurts my ears; indeed, that’s factual.
The pain I feel is truly actual.

For verb tense that has gone awry,
I’m seized by pangs and almost cry.
“I seen him when he took a fall;
I wish he hadn’t fell at all.”

For pronoun errors I must brace.
“This here—that there,” I cannot face.
With “Me and her will go,” I sigh.
I wince to hear “for you and I.”

A double negative can make
My eardrums and my head to ache.
Words “I ain’t got nobody’s” sad.
And even when they’re sung, they’re bad.

When subjects don’t with verbs agree,
The poor construction pierces me.
“Here is two apples”—how that bites!
And “It don’t matter” smarts by rights.

When grammar rules are thus abused,
I’m in distress for how they’re used.
I cannot help my strong reaction
And utter “Ow!” for each infraction.

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Deborah Engle 01/14/10
Very cute.
Barbara Lynn Culler01/14/10
So true! Then add profanities as an adjective, and it its heart-wrenching!
I love this poem!
Laury Hubrich 01/14/10
Oh, how funny!
Mariane Holbrook 01/14/10
How creative! I love this!
Charla Diehl 01/14/10
You must be a teacher to have taken this fun avenue to display the topic. Very entertaining--made me smile.
Lynda Schultz 01/14/10
So, so good.
Anita van der Elst01/14/10
My sentiments exactly!
Noel Mitaxa 01/15/10
Good fun material, but I hope you aren't one of those super pedantic types who would check a suicide note for spelling or syntax before you call any emergency services!!!
"Ain't that the truth?!"
Wonderfully written! I agree totally.
Peter Stone01/15/10
Well done, a most amusing poem.
Carol Penhorwood 01/15/10
Don't no nobody who would do that!
Rachel Phelps01/16/10
Awesome! Definitely an ow-worthy topic.
Beth LaBuff 01/16/10
Clever, clever, clever! Love this EXPERTLY written poem!!
This writer ain't quite bad! And because s/he forgot to write us tautologies, me think s/he's not a bit fanatical but on the extreme end! A creative piece, brilliant, topical and didactic.
Dee Yoder 01/17/10
Every writer can relate to this! Love it!
Glynis Becker01/18/10
Fantastic!! I'm certainly not perfect in the grammar department, but having a conversation with some people is enough to make me scream...thanks for venting my frustration so well!!
Joy Faire Stewart01/18/10
Very creative and perfect title.
Catrina Bradley 01/18/10
Oh, yes, I feel your pain. Good fun.
Mona Purvis01/18/10
Having 3 grandsons 16, 14, 13 and living in the South and attending public school...do I have to say more?
Sometimes, it's a foreign language.
Here's the thing, they are A students! But, their language is awful!
This is just so well written and very well done!

Colin Swann01/18/10
Oh, dear - Me hope I writings ain't cause you any pains! Really good! Really enjoyed -Thanks.

Kristi Peifer01/18/10
Fun piece! Makes me want to bone up on my grammar!
Jackie Wilson01/18/10
I do share your pain! Fun treatment of an irritating subject!
Chely Roach01/18/10
I snickered from beginning to end. This was priceless. Amen:)
Jim McWhinnie 01/18/10
So clever that it ought to be included in the front of all grammar books.
Carole Robishaw 01/20/10
OW! I hope I've avoided some of these. LOL all the way thru as I read.
Ruth Brown01/20/10
Hey Verna, you may be slow on italics, but on grammar you rock! Cute and clever
Carol Slider 01/20/10
I can relate to this SO well, Verna. Bad grammar hurts--always. Very well done!
Lisa Johnson01/21/10
Great poem. I enjoyed it very much!!! Congratulations on your wins on both your level and Editor's Choice!!!
Yvonne Blake 01/21/10
Yay, Verna!!!

I love it...I know a lot of writers who will sympathize with this!
Shirley McClay 01/21/10
I had a feeling this would do well. It is excellent! You should try to get it published.
Edy T Johnson 01/21/10
This is so delightful! Growing up in a home with teacher parents, we learned early on about proper grammar. So, like you, I cringe when I hear folks who don't "follow the rules." You already had so many comments, I wasn't planning to add to the congestion (^&^), but after reading your poem, I couldn't resist. Adding this to my favorites list.
Rachel Dorsey01/25/10

Love the poem! I could almost visualize myself singing along in my head.
George Parler 01/26/10
LOL . . . This is great! I love it. I like the rhythm and the flow. Congratulations.

Oh, wait a minute. This is why you get migraines when you read my writings. LOL
Jan Ackerson 02/10/10
Verna, this is priceless. And it's very punny, too...doesn't "bite" at all!