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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)

TITLE: Such a Fuss for Nothing
By Verna Cole Mitchell


My teacher pitches quite a fit
When I wonít do my work.
Itís really not that big a deal,
But still, she goes berserk.

She says we canít chew bubble gum.
Thatís such a silly rule,
And when I chew it anyway,
She loses all her cool.

When I am late to class, she acts
Like thatís a major crime.
Itís just a couple minutes, but
It gets her every time.

Thereís nothing wrong with standing up
To tell the class some jokes,
But youíd think from the way she acts,
Iíd killed a bunch of folks.

When I start mocking when she speaks,
She thinks that Iím a jerk.
Her face gets red all over, while
I just sit there and smirk.

She has no patience, none at all.
I think itís kind of odd,
The way she lost her mind because
Iíd spit a paper wad.

She really blew a gasket once,
The time I punched a kid.
Just playing with my buddies is
No cause to blow her lid.

She didnít like it one small bitó
That tack upon her chair.
She had no sense of humor when
She sat right on it there.

She wrote a letter to my mom
That said Iím a distraction.
Each tiny thing that I had done,
She called a rule infraction.

If I became the teacher here,
My classes would be fun.
Iíd never make nitpicky rules
Or fuss at anyone.

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Juliette Chamberlain-Bond08/06/11
I hope this guy really does become a teacher, then he might view his misdeeds from a different perspective.
The poem is a well written 'tongue-in-cheek' look at the difference in attitudes between youths and adults.

I loved the humour.
Colin Swann08/06/11
Oh, I didn't pick up it was a guy - I thought it was a naughty girl! The teacher was a saint! Enjoyed!
Laury Hubrich 08/06/11
The poor, poor teacher:) Very cute poem. I'm sure he will get paid back eventually. If he doesn't become a teacher, he will surely become a father with one or two just like him! Haha!
Joan Campbell08/07/11
Fun, light, easy to read poem that would be great in a book of children's poetry. I really enjoyed it.
Noel Mitaxa 08/07/11
This brought back memories of my high school days, because without all of your MC's misdeeds, I also knew I would one day be the same kind of fun-filled teacher that your MC dreams of becoming. Thankfully, God had a better idea for my future.
Helen Curtis08/09/11
This is well written and reminds me of some kids in my classes growing up. I wonder, as the 'good kid' in school, whether the 'class clowns' grow out of their mischief or continue down a path of ... well, really it's disrespect for authority? Or maybe I'm just making a fuss over nothing! Either way, it's a great read and very interesting to consider things from the child's perspective! Well done.
Carol Penhorwood 08/09/11
I'm sure you must have watching other students in other classrooms, cause this would never happen in yours!
Linda Goergen08/10/11
I agree with Joan, I think children would quite enjoy this! Wonder if the MC IS now a teacher and if so, what rules they have! LOL Lighthearted poke at a childís misunderstanding of rules Ė that most rules are for good reason. On a serious side, I think too many people take this attitude with Godís rules, never seeing that they are there for our own good. Enjoyed this and the pondering it evoked.