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

TITLE: The Librarian
By T. F. Chezum
06/09/10


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The mood was a torrent of silence amongst the shelves and books.
And every loud clamor and outburst met with critical looks.
When entered a class of third-graders upon the wooden floor.
And the librarian was reading - -
Reading - - reading - -
The librarian was reading up by the entrance door.

She stated her rule with just a glance, spectacles perched her nose.
Her hair in a bun high on her head, her lipstick dusty rose.
She smoothed the front of her blouse as she sat atop her stool,
And she read with a concentration - -
She held her concentration - -
She kept her concentration on the callers from the school.

Over her book top keenly she peered at the visiting crowd.
With dozens of children entering, she feared they would be loud.
Off to the back of the library, where children’s books are kept,
But the boys and girls were talking - -
While walking they were talking - -
Intensely they were talking, a fact she’d not accept.

Out from behind the counter she came, ‘hind the cluster of kids.
The buzz of excitement filled the air, but noise the rules forbid.
She prepared to give a warning when she saw their happy looks.
The youngsters were excited - -
They all seemed so excited - -
And she became excited as they chose their favorite books.


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Laury Hubrich 06/11/10
Oh sweet. I used to love going to the school library! What memories:)
Linda Wright06/15/10
Completely delightful! The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes is one of my most favorite poems and I loved how you patterned yours after that wonderful verse. Well done!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/15/10
This is such a delightful rhyme. I could picture myself back in 2nd grade in our school library as I read. You do an amazing job with the meter, it is so soothing.
Linda Germain 06/15/10
I love "a torrent of silence"! Lots of good stuff here. Your wonderful creativity is much appreciated (and envied). Well done.
Patsy Hallum06/15/10
Really liked this, you must have been a librarian! Keep writing and reading, reading...
Carol Penhorwood 06/15/10
So descriptive I could picture this librarian!
mick dawson06/15/10
Delightful!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/16/10
I love "The Highwaymen" and your parody of it. Well done.
Susan Montaperto06/16/10
What a lovely story in rhyme about third grade children visiting the library for the first time and the effect it had on the librarian. Keep Writing.
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
AH! From the first line, I recognized the echoes of the Highwayman, which only added to my enjoyment of this excellent poem. Great work!
Rachel Burkum06/17/10
Love it! I saw a smile on that stern face at the end, giving me a nice warm feeling after the amusement before it.