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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)

TITLE: Handyman Capers
By vincent lyons
03/08/11


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Did you ever do someone a favour
Just to have all your efforts backfire?
I had such occur with my neighbour—
Here’s my version of how it transpired.

‘Hey John, could you come here a minute’
Shouted Mary from over the fence,
‘It’s my attic, I think something’s in it,
Could you check, it’s too awkward for Vince.’

I got out my ladder and flashlight,
Like the cavalry into the fray
Charged to rescue a damsel in plight—
Should have taken some time to survey!!

With gusto I crawled through the roof-space,
Mighty hero undaunted by fear,
Wiped the sweat and the dust from my face—
‘W-what’s that s-sound in the c-corner I hear’?

A mad rushing noise sent me flying—
Something whizzed by my face like a flash—
A split second later I’m lying
On the sitting room floor midst the trash.

A gaping great hole in the ceiling
Marked the spot where I’d taken my dive,
By my side the old couple kneeling
Felt my pulse—Was I dead or alive?

My pride was severely deflated
Though my body was mostly intact,
My handyman role was negated
By a possum, a bird or a bat.

A minute turned into a contract
Took long hours of hard work to repair—
Now my neighbours and I have a pact—
If there’s noise in the roof leave it there!


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Bonnie Bowden03/11/11
That's hysterical. It sounds like something I might do.
Beth LaBuff 03/15/11
What fun! Your meter and rhyme are perfect! I could picture the whole scene and the end is LOL funny!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/17/11
Congratulations on placing 17th overall!