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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: Stickers
By Benjamin Graber
04/22/11


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Donít you know that when I squirm,
Iím itching for a smile?
And I just longed to catch your eyes
When you had gotten riled?

Some people have collected rocks,
And others, butterflies;
But I have always searched for stickers
To cherish as my prizeó

Iíve seen the kids who win them freely
And trash them carelessly;
But Iím the one who seeks approval
And finds it out of reachó

The smiley stickers others earn
Are traded for delights;
But if I had earned one, I would keep it
Until the day I died!

A little star would warm my heart
Beyond all other treasures;
If I could be outstanding once,
Iíd cherish it forever.

What must I do to win approval?
How can I claim a grin?
Iíd give my blood for just a chance
That I may enter inó

Iíd swap the world, to taste a love
That sees past all my flaws;
íCause all Iíve wanted, all my life,
Was hearing your applause.


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Cheryl von Drehle04/29/11
oh my, this is very poignant...I read it through a couple of times to grasp the intent... excellent job touching deep emotions
Debra Hindman04/29/11
So important--all the little things that touch a person's heart and encourage them--like an OUTSTANDING sticker. I would put that sticker on this!
Grace Merkey 04/29/11
I am a retired teacher who used to give stickers. I give you one for this. Good for you!
Beth LaBuff 04/29/11
I love your creativity with the topic. This is poignant, filled with charm, and challenges me to encourage the young who just want a little approval. Wonderful!!!
Yvonne Blake 05/02/11
Ahhh...this had a touching simplicity about it. Even though you didn't describe the character, I could still see her. Beautiful!
Carol Penhorwood 05/05/11
This moved me deeply! Don't most of us cherish our stickers? They come easily to some, not so easily to others.