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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)

TITLE: Eat Your Vegetable
By Beth LaBuff


A pamphlet found on Saturn claims,
"The planet that glows red
And can be seen between our rings
Is Mars," the pamphlet said.
"It's orbited by two small moons—"
'Twas given as the reason,
"The moons have gravitational pull
And cause the Martian seasons."

"At birth, the Martian child is born
A bright cerulean blue.
They slowly turn to olive green
Before the age of two.
The cause of this anomaly
Of color pigmentation—
It's widely held their diet is
The source of alteration."

"Each Martian owns two items
That they carry in a pack.
The one, a burnished whistle,
And the one – an almanac.
These items are significant
And utilized each day,
For one they read religiously
And one keeps bugs at bay."

"It is believed they're herbivores,
The only food they eat—
A vegetable, a dark red orb,
The one we call, 'a beet'.
Their almanac advises when
Their growing season starts.
It uses complex formulae
And complicated charts—"

"'When Earth is in the evening sky,
And Neptune joins the stars,
Then grab the seeds you Martian beings—
It's time to plant on Mars.
Plant seeds apart, a whistles-width
Per almanac advisor,
"'Then sprinkle sugar in the row—
A standard fertilizer'

"Then every Martian, small and great
Will sit out in the rows
And blow their burnished whistles
While the little seedlings grow.
As long as whistles blow, it's thought,
The plants will be bug-free,
They have no need of pesticides—
They're grown organically."

"And while they whistle, they consult
Their almanac's advice
On when to pick the vegetable
And ways it can be sliced.
The almanac tells Martians, then,
To gather for this reason,
'You now may eat your vegetable'
Thus starts their second season."

The accuracy of this and any information obtained from Saturn,
cannot be verified at this time.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 01/20/11
Clever, imaginative, fun, delightful--What a wonderful narrative this poem is,including the note at the end.
Laury Hubrich 01/20/11
hahaha:) Need I say more?
Virgil Youngblood 01/20/11
I thought all red men wore eagle feathers and carried tomahawks. Oops! Thanks for expanding my knowledge base in such a delightful way.
Patricia Herchenroether01/20/11
Clever, clever, clever! I just love this fun entry. Whatever tweaked your muse?
Marita Thelander 01/20/11
Too funny. I read this out loud to my hubby and we both had a chuckle. Well done. :)
Noel Mitaxa 01/20/11
Very clever and lots of fun. Did you planet? Did jupiter fleece out to seek guidance? Did it come without warning - or is saturn negative comment?
Connie Dixon01/21/11
There are some classic lines in this piece. Your humor and depth touches me. Incredible.
Yvonne Blake 01/21/11
Ha Ha Ha! - great ending!
(Now, is this supposed to encourage kids to eat their beets?)
Henry Clemmons01/22/11
How cool and clever and funny and mind-relaxing and enjoyable and so very well written and presented. The ending still has me smiling. I enjoyed this and your talent; as always.
Rachel Phelps01/22/11
Such a fun romp through the galaxy! Loved it!
Carol Penhorwood 01/22/11
I am never ceased to be amazed at your creativity! You top the charts every time.
Colin Swann01/23/11
What a clever fun poem. I really enjoyed the unique variety of it.
Carol Slider 01/23/11
You have an AMAZING imagination! So much fun to read... every line. Absolutely loved it!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/25/11
Oh, I absolutely loved this. I giggled throughout. I do have some red ink though-if they only eat beets wouldn't they be pink or purple instead of green? Of course maybe beets are different colors on Mars! But then you did describe them as red orbs [?] Again I love this!
Edmond Ng 01/25/11
An interesting and enjoyable read! I like the part "When Earth is ..." because it shows the need of the Martian to take earth as a reference even with advices from the almanac. The accuracy of the advice from the almanac is surely questionable to need verification! LoL. Let's make God's Word our reference.
Lynda Schultz 01/26/11
Oh, too cute! Go to the head of the class in creative writing.
Suzanne R02/09/11
Very clever indeed. Well done!