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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: Muse Lost in the Library
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I took my muse to the library
One dreary, rainy day,
And when I turned to look for him,
I found hed run away.

I searched for him in the travel books,
No telling where hed be
In mountains, beaches, wilderness,
Somewhere across the sea.

Adventure stories I saw next,
A special draw for him.
Though many heroes tarried there,
He wasnt one of them.

I browsed amid tomes classical
And strolled through poetry,
And while verse was his favorite,
He wasnt there for me.

I looked through shelves of how-to books,
My first choice: how to write,
And though thats where I thought hed be,
Not one glimpse did I sight.

To track him down I ventured forth
And even took a chance,
I rushed through math and science books
And lingered in romance.

In volumes inspirational,
I circled round and round,
Then reasoned if he wasnt here,
He was not to be found.

Id gone through Dewey Decimal,
Done everything but shout.
Not finding hide nor hair of him,
I guess that hed checked out.

I really miss him since hes gone;
Without him Im no good.
Id keep him chained up by my side
If theres a way I could.

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Laury Hubrich 06/11/10
Oh...if only we could keep him chained! Cute poem.
Beth LaBuff 06/15/10
What fun to read! I loved looking for your muse in the different library sections.. :) This is so very creative. If I should happen upon your muse, I'll point him/her in your direction for the return trip to you. :)
Yvonne Blake 06/15/10
I love this! I don't know about my muse, but I can get lost in a library easily!
Carol Penhorwood 06/15/10
So creative, Verna! Loved this! What a creative take on this week's topic!
mick dawson06/15/10
I was looking over your first verse in particular. How often have a sat at the keyboard with story ready, and haven't got a clue how to start?
Mariane Holbrook 06/15/10
Adorable poem! I'd love to be your illustrator for the book you're bound to write with these great poems! You do shine in this poetry form.
Benjamin Graber06/16/10
This is a cute poem, Verna - I love the imagery!
Karen Laskowsky06/16/10
He's probably off somewhere galivanting with my muse. I'm sure muses all hang out together having a great time and forget themselves when we want them to come around. I enjoyed it very much.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/16/10
Oh I must disagree with you on this one. I do believe your muse is firmly planted right near your dear sweet heart. This is a beautiful poem. You seem to have a way of writing such musical words that it appears to be the easiest thing to do. I enjoyed every word.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/16/10
I can picture the sprite playing hide and seek with your MC - very enjoyable!
Sarah Elisabeth 06/16/10
I was laughing from the first line all the way through!

I was kinda hoping for a clever ending of just where that muse went...yikes! Is he gone forever?

Awesome job!
Susan Montaperto06/16/10
This was definitely fun to read. Apparently your muse is very well read. If it's a really big library it could take a while to find her. Keep Writing and Hunting.
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
Too funny! Great humor and creativity here.
Edmond Ng 06/16/10
Lovely poem! I enjoyed the entire reading, which flows very smoothly in bringing out the entire story and ending it on a rather sad note. Excellent work!
Debbie Roome 06/16/10
Clever and creative - this was fun to read.
Edy T Johnson 06/26/10
This is so very clever, Verna! I love it! This would make a darling illustrated storybook for children---which would also introduce them to library concepts they sure don't get searching the internet (like Dewey Decimal)! I hope you find the perfect illustrator.