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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: Simply a Cake
By Kellie Henningsen


In the city of Wells, in the country of Gog
Lived Bugle Boy Bob with his big yellow dog
Now Bugle Boy Bob was a right jolly lad
He never complained and never was sad

Bugle Boy Bob loved to play in the sun
He would play with his bugle and play with his drum
But the thing he most loved, the thing he loved most
Was to play with his dog with the odd name Bebost

They would run through the streets and run through the town
Shouting out loud and jubilant sounds
But the thing they most feared, the thing they did dread
Was Larry the Liar and the gang that he led

Larry cared not for Bugle Boy Bob
He wanted his toys and wanted his dog
For fun he would pummel, pick on, and punch
Bugle Boy Bob till he ran from the bunch

The day of our story was bright full of sun
Bugle Boy Bob took his dog out for fun
Hours went by; they were happy and free
Till they came ‘round a corner and Larry did see

Larry the Liar, his face in a smirk
Lifted his hands; he got ready for work
He whistled his gang and when they came near
They gathered around and at Bugle Boy sneered

Bugle Boy Bob was a scared sitting duck
He begged for some mercy but Larry still struck
Down to the ground, a mouthful of dirt
Bugle Boy Bob was seriously hurt

Larry the Liar took off like a flash
Deny this he would, he declared as he dashed
Bugle Boy Bob spat the dirt out in haste
It tasted like sawdust, charcoal, and paste

The very next day, Bugle Boy had a thought
He knew of a way to get Larry to stop
He’d make him a cake, a cake he would bake
The ingredients he pondered; it kept him awake

The day after that, Larry’s doorbell he rang
When the door opened up, there stood the whole gang
Larry’s face filled with fright at Bugle Boy’s visit
The look on his face was very explicit

Bugle Boy Bob held the cake up with pride
Larry the Liar had now to decide
This might be a trick, he searched for a clue
Accept it or not? What was he to do?

At long last he lifted the fork to his face
And found himself feasting on a fabulous taste
The frosting oozed out of his mouth in a dribble
The gang all rushed in; they wanted a nibble

Why the cake was delicious, it simply was grand
Then Bugle Boy Bob slowly reached out his hand
The cake turned to sludge in Larry’s full mouth
His shame headed north, his anger went south

Larry the Liar, his gang alongside
Shook Bugle Boy’s hand; a new pact was alive
They knew they were jerks and always had been
Why Bugle Boy Bob just wanted some friends!

So they all made amends, amends they did make
And to think all it took was simply a cake

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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/10
Such a fun poem to read! I especially liked the repetion reversed in several lines--clever.
Francy Judge 07/24/10
I enjoyed this. The style of the rhyme added to the humor. Very creative take on the topic. Great title too.
Kate Oliver Webb 07/25/10
I like this a lot. Lots of creativity, and the verse was so clever. Loved the idea, and the way you told your story. Impressive!
Linda Payne07/26/10
I enjoyed your well-written poem. What a great take on loving our enemies, blessing those who persecute us.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
This is a fun poem with a great message. You are quite talented to come up with these delicious rhymes.
Allison Egley 07/26/10
Hehehe I like this. Good rhythm and rhyme.

I kept thinking this was going to be about blue jeans... Isn't or wasn't there a jean bran called Bugle Boy? lol

Loved the ending. And I'm glad Larry came around.
AnneRene' Capp07/26/10
Simply a charm! I had a beat in my head the whole way through.
Charla Diehl 07/27/10
This was so much fun to read. I was entertained from start to finish with the rhythm of this poem, the message within and of course the characters you created. Great job.