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

TITLE: The Howling Ow
By Beth Muehlhausen
01/13/10


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The Howling Ow

All pain is relative, it seems;
Sometimes it stings, sometimes it screams.

Sometimes it teases, as in bumps,
While other times it fashions lumps.

A bug bite here, jammed finger there:
These little “owies” I can bear.

A boil, a scrape, a bruise, a scare,
A trip, a fall - ka-boom, don’t stare!

A toothache; toe-stub; itchy eye;
A splinter; lips with sunburn-fry.

Smoke in my eyes – gah-zing, a spark;
A campfire’s vicious in the dark!

Watch out: oh no, not that! KA-KLUNK.
The closet shelves just might rain junk.

Raw, bleeding cuts, and crashes, too,
They’re all part of owie-stew.

But … there’s another sort of “ow,”
That I’ve not mentioned until now.

A first-time “ow” that snuck up fast,
To grab and punch and spit and sass.

I clear my throat, I yawn and blush.
Before I tell you … hush-shush-shush.

Embarrassing, a painful thing,
I hate to say it; feel it sting.

This week I misread “ow!” as “owl”
And wrote an entry – call a foul!

The goof was found on the last night
Before our entries come to light.

The pain was sharp: “Ah, balderdash!”
A stupid mess, a writing gash.

Through snarls I howled with wolfish chills,
As if those sounds would offer thrills.

Alas, I only felt quite worse –
The “ow” was deep; my feelings terse.

I sat down hard and shook my head.
“What will I do?” I meekly said.

Then I re-wrote, with tongue in cheek,
“The Howling Ow” for this “ow!” week.


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Mona Purvis01/14/10
Just Brilliant and proof that a good writer will get the words down!
I read the Owl one and like it. I more than like this one...I love it!
Superb!!

Mona
Dee Yoder 01/17/10
Ah, yes! The pain of humiliation is MUCH owier than than a simple ow. This is clever and fun!
Barbara Lynn Culler01/17/10
You did it! Great tale too.