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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)

TITLE: Was Summer Made for Barefoot Boys?
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Was summer made for barefoot boys,
Or barefoot boys for summer?
While some might question which is right,
It's boys who never wonder.

The shoes that pinch, that bind, that squeeze,
They gladly cast aside,
Preparing winter-tender soles
To toughen like old hide.

They scale up neighbors' apple trees,
Where rough bark bruises shins,
And apple-sting their friends below,
Who give back sassy grins.

They leap and dance through tingling spray
From Papa’s garden hose,
As ground becomes a slush of mud
They squish between their toes.

The bell upon the ice cream truck’s
Unmatched by siren’s song.
They dare to run on sun-scorched streets
For sweetness on the tongue.

They wade through rocky-bottomed creeks
And climb the tallest trestle;
Then, on the softness of mown grass,
They tumble, roll, and wrestle.

On Mama’s cool linoleum,
They tiptoe in for snacks,
And never notice when they leave,
They’ve left their dusty tracks.

These little lads are seldom still;
Yet, for entire days,
They fish upon a river bank,
Not feeling sun’s bright rays.

God loves these little barefoot boys,
A product of His graces.
Their charm and innocence He shows
Through smiles on dirty faces.

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Virgil Youngblood 08/12/10
Delightful and on topic. You awakened wonderful memories.
Charla Diehl 08/12/10
I thoroughly enjoyed this picuresque poem which describes perfectly the antics of little boys. Nice flow and rhymne in this piece.
I'm smilin'.
Kate Oliver Webb08/13/10
I felt the sweetly warm sun on my face, smelled little-boy sweat and heard boyish voices giggle and squeal. You did it for me with this wonderful poem. I was there.
Janice Fitzpatrick08/14/10
Wonderfully written, this flowed like the waters that these little scamps would jump in.
I loved your descriptions and the meter and rhythym was right on.
I reflected on my own childhood when I spent many a day hanging out with my best friend's brothers and neighbors. Being a tom girl I was usually the first one up the tree.:0)
Just loved this sunny blue skied piece. Thanks for serving up such a slice of memories.Blessings!
Linda Payne08/16/10
Delightful. Nice flow, easy to read. As the mother of three boys, I can certainly relate to this.
Beth LaBuff 08/17/10
I would love to see this made into a book. The images are so vivid! Everything in this is perfect!!
Mariane Holbrook08/17/10
Having had two sons, I can testify that your premise is correct! Boys and summer go together like peanut butter goes with jelly! Though I was a girl, I spent my childhood summers following my male cousins around, doing everything they did. I hope you're lining up a good illustrator because your book is begging to be put together using all these wonderful poems that have become your signature. And I'll order several right off the bat. Wonderful poem, my friend, just like all the others you've written.
Margaret Kearley 08/18/10
I love this - even on a damp English summer day I could feel and taste the enjoyment of those barefoot boys! Just great!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/18/10
This was so care-free. Although I'm not a boy, I agree that the summer is the best time for bare feet. It brought back many memories.