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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)

TITLE: The List
By
02/18/10


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The List

I woke at dawn and made the bed
No time to shower in this hullabaloo,
But I drank some coffee to clear my head.
Phew!

Breakfast cereal and whole meal toast—
Half of it’s wasted on the floor.
Peter our teen is as deaf as a post,
I just don’t understand him anymore.

“Go to school, all of you, just hurry up!
No, Sarah-Jane, you don’t have stomach flu.
Peter, don’t walk on Lisa the pup.”
Phew!

“Close the door it’s blowing a gale,
Oh no! There goes my list.
Lisa dear, just leave the paper trail
and please don’t drool on that one—I insist.”

Groan...now to sanitize my shoe before I begin,
I’ve gone and stood in this doggy-do.

“And Lisa dear, stay out of the bin.”
Phew!

Dust the shelves and clean the toilet.
Shampoo the carpet and lay the table.
Make weekly meals on a budget—
“Lisa dear, don’t chew on that printer cable.”

Wash the clothes and iron a shirt.
Pay the bills that are overdue—
“When do I rest my legs that hurt?”
Phew!

After lunch, drive to the store,
We’re out of soap, milk and bread.
“But not before I clean Lisa’s paw
and take her off our bed.”

The phone’s been ringing off the hook
but Lisa for a change, is quiet and subdue.
“At least I can balance our sickly check book.”
Phew!

“Oh no, the kids are home already,
I haven’t even dried their clothes.”
Sarah-Jane is looking faintly heady,
and Peter has a bleeding nose.

Check the list one more time,
Double check the jobs are done.
“Kids, listen up, I want no grime,
I tell you this list has been no fun.”

“For today, I think I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro,
but now that the baby has made his debut,
Your mother can check the list tomorrow.”
Phew!




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Beth LaBuff 02/20/10
I enjoyed reading of your day and was especially entertained by Lisa. There is a lot of fun (and I'm sure) a lot of truth in your clever poem! :)
c clemons02/20/10
Poem was very written in a very chaotic way, if that was what you were trying to achieve to reflect your day, you succeeded. Not what I like to read, but may be for some.
Lyn Churchyard02/21/10
Your poem gave an accurate description of a day all mothers have had - some days truly are that chaotic.

A couple of lines didn't flow as smoothly as they possibly could have, but overall, very entertaining.

I need to go and have a nap now, you've exhausted me :-)