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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Smell (the sense of smell) (07/29/10)

TITLE: Quid pro quo
By Mary Lou Tiner


Quid pro quo

“Hear ye, hear ye, court’s in session.”
“We will hear your allegation.”
“Please come to order and now rise.”
“Judge I. M. Body now presides.”

“Mr. Nostrum’s litigation,”
“States there’s been discrimination.”
“Please let us see the evidence”
“That verifies this grave offense.”

Mr. Nostrum’s testimony
Shows a startling acrimony.
He says: “There’s been much prejudice.”
“This is a case you must address.”

“We Noses always get the blame.”
“While other Senses get the fame.”
“Case in point: ‘It’s nice to SEE you.’ ”
“And the phrase: ‘I SEE a breakthrough.’ ”

“No one says: 'Hey, SMELL you later.' ”
“Noses need an advocator!”
“Men only say they SMELL a rat.”
“Respect is lost when men say that!”

“Unlawfully we have been banned,”
“Excluded from the old command:”
“SEE nor HEAR nor SPEAK no evil."
“But SMELL is left out like a weasel!”

“We now present this quid pro quo:”
“The old linguistics have to go.”
“We offer here new idioms:”
“The rule of nose and not of thumbs.”

“All children should be taught to say:”
“I think I SMELL the light of day.”
“And teachers too, this phrase should swap:”
“I want to SMELL a small pin drop!”

“We Noses hope your Honor sees”
“And rules in favor of our pleas.”
“We trust you’re SMELLING nose to nose.”
“And you will rule against our foes.”

Judge I.M. Body’s gavel fell.
He said, “Oh, yes it’s clear to SMELL.”
“But I can’t overturn the court,”
“Just to provide you with support.”

“I rule that Noses must embrace,”
“Their proper place upon the face.”
“Remember that old saying goes:”
“A fool can’t see beyond his nose.”

Case closed!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/05/10
This was such a fun poem. I really could see a big nose up on the witness stand.
Sarah Heywood08/05/10
Very cute! And that's really true - "smell" gets overlooked when it comes to using our senses metaphorically. But, we'd be lost without it - I know, because I had a stroke in '07 and lost my sense of smell for some time. I had no idea just how important that nose was until it didn't work right! Good writing - I enjoyed this!
Margaret Kearley 08/05/10
I enjoyed this - great fun and very clever.
Ruth Brown 08/05/10
This was so very funny. I loved the rhyme and the premise was very cute!
Carol Penhorwood 08/05/10
So creatively written. I SMELL a winner here!
Rikki Akeo08/05/10
Clever, witty and fun!
Thank you for the laugh!
stanley Bednarz 08/05/10
Wow!! Is Dr.Seuss in the house?
Lollie Hofer 08/06/10
Funny poem, I like your sense of humor. Good job. He lost by a nose.
AnneRene' Capp 08/06/10
Wonderful sense of humor with great, great and great cleverness!
Tina Leonard08/06/10
Very clever and cute take on the challenge. Enjoyed reading it. :)
Kate Oliver Webb08/06/10
What a really fun take on the topic. Excellent rhyme, wonderful imagery, terrific creativity--what an imagination you have. Thank you for sharing it with us. That this is a winner is as plain as the nose on your face (okay, I had to say it!).
Danielle King 08/07/10
Nancy Sullivan 08/11/10
Hope there's enough room for one more comment to elbow in. Oops, I meant "nose" in.
Wonderful and fun poem. You set a very high standard!
Laury Hubrich 08/12/10
Wow! Love this. I say the No's have it;) Congratulations on your EC!!!
Laury Hubrich 08/12/10
Wow! Love this. I say the No's have it;) Congratulations on your EC!!!
Jody Day 08/12/10
Hahahaha, loved this. Great job and congratulations!
Caitlyn Meissner08/12/10
That was a fun one to read. Congrats on your EC!