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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Hand it to the Heifer
By Bryan Ridenour
04/14/10


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A line of verse abruptly stops,
The author rubs his brow,
A word to rhyme with “solemnize”,
He hears a lowing cow.

"Moo," she moaned from pasture green,
Her head o'er barb-ed wire.
The author pushes to his feet,
And grabs his strumming lyre.

A song bursts forth, and cheers the man,
Accompanying bovine.
In key of "G" the "moos" and plucks,
Imbue an addled mind.

Then over hill a farmer raced,
A gleaming sword in hand.
He waved it wildly o'er his head,
"Hey, get off my land!"

The author shocked by mad display,
He backed away in fright.
"I'm sorry sir," the author said.
"But your cow's inspired tonight."

"My cow's inspired?" the farmer scoffed.
"She's fam'ly, good for milk,
You've come to steal my pri-zed Bess,
I'm familiar with your ilk."

"No, no, no, come to my house,"
The author begged, he pleaded.
"See my prose and see the place,
Where a word is needed."

The farmer followed to the house,
His sword clinched at his side.
The author rushed in through the door,
The farmer stomped inside.

The writer settled at his desk,
And began to write in cursive.
"Homogenize" the writer penned,
With a stylish fluourish.

The farmer sheathed his weaponry,
Then chuckled 'til he roared.
The adage true, proved by a moo,
"The pen is mightier than the sword."


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Loren T. Lowery04/15/10
So that is where inspiration comes from! : ) Next time I'm parking myself under a tree in a pasture surrounded by mooing muses. I loved the way this flowed - so bold, deft and assured.
Charla Diehl 04/15/10
Cute and entertaining.
Jackie Wilson04/15/10
What fun! Very imaginative, and a good, strong rhythm.
Beth LaBuff 04/16/10
Oh man, I gotta remember those two words rhyme! What fun this was and SUPER creative! Great work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/10
This delightful verse brought a well-needed smile to my face.
Patricia Herchenroether04/18/10
Clever and fun. Almost a sing-song rhythm.
Author Unknown04/20/10
okay, normally, I get lost after the 2nd stanza of the poetry entries and I skip to the next piece- but I loved this! hats off to those of you who can fit rhyme & meter together and write well, too!

one eensy weensy thing- the no no no line- it didn't flow when I read it to fit the rest- but it may just be me going through too quickly.

well done. me likest!
Angela King04/21/10
I thoroughly enjoyed this poem! Nice work!
Sara Harricharan 04/21/10
heehee! How fun! I loved the rhyme here and especially the ending. What a hoot!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/21/10
Creative fun here!
Marita Thelander 04/21/10
Writers find creativity in the most ...ummm...creative places. I could almost hear the singing "moos" in the key of "G". :)
harvestgal Ndaguba04/21/10
This definitely brought a smile to my face. Fun poetry.
Kate Oliver Webb04/21/10
Great job! Kinda reminds me of "The Arkansas Traveler" -- which I dearly love.
Mona Purvis04/21/10
I could just picture that farmer stomp inside. Very creative.

Mona
Pamela Kliewer04/21/10
Love it! Thanks for the chuckle.
Edmond Ng 04/21/10
This poem tickles! Great approach on the topic in putting away someone's sword using a pen! LoL (",)
Karlene Jacobsen 04/21/10
Fun, fun! I knew we shoulda never sold that cow! *giggle* Seriously, this was great.