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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In The Kitchen - deadline 7-19-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/12/12)

TITLE: Joyride after Dark
By vincent lyons
07/19/12


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“Yippee” said Gross in pure delight
To his mates assembled ‘round
“I think I smell a feast tonight,
We might be banquet-bound”.

“Now you wait here while I go scout
How this job should be approached”--
To go and search the venue out
Was the task for this cockroach.

He waited ‘till the lights went out
And every movement ceased,
Then crept inside and looked about--
What a mess on which to feast!!

He gave the call for all to come
To the kitchen with all haste;
The big and small squealed shouts of ‘yum’
As they tucked into the waste.

They fed on gravy, bits of steak,
Licked the scraps off knife and fork,
All gorged themselves on creamy cake,
Sucked the crackling of the pork.

Then having sampled glass and cup
Felt inclined to laugh and play
With bellies full they’d whoop it up
Until the break of day.

They’d race across the kitchen top,
High diving in the sink,
Belly flopping in the slop,
Greasy plates their skating rink.

Deft dodging in and out past scraps,
The pedal mostly floored
Burning rubber ‘round the traps
No way these guys were bored.

Too soon for them comes morning light,
Gross and his mates shoot through
To hide themselves from human sight
As all cockroaches do.

But know these guys are still at large
Ever waiting, biding time,
And Gross will always lead the charge
In the hunt for waste and grime.

A tidy kitchen beats his scheme,
(Dish washing should be banned)
Is put to flight by all hygiene,
The clean he cannot stand.

The moral of this little rhyme
Is keep your kitchen clean;
Without the lure of waste and grime
No cockroach will be seen.


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Nancy Bucca 07/19/12
Ooh, what a creative little joyride that cockroach had! Quite an interesting peak into the kitchen!
Francy Judge07/19/12
This is a fun, well-written poem that gives a bit of a shiver. I want to go clean my kitchen now.
Ellen Carr 07/21/12
It was good fun to read your poem and I liked the view of a kitchen from a cockroach's point of view. Thanks.
CD Swanson 07/21/12
Hahahaha. I never thought I would enjoy anything remotely related to those "creatures" - I was wrong! I loved this brilliant poem. It was such a clever approach for the topic.
Thank you. God bless~
Francy Judge07/26/12
Congratulations! I knew this was a good one. Well deserved win.
Nancy Bucca 07/26/12
Congratulations on your EC.
Loren T. Lowery07/26/12
Cute, I could just "see" it all happening. It reminded me a bit of something I once read from CS Lewis: that no one knows that have rats in the cellar until they turn on the lights (clean the kitchen). Congratulations on your EC!
CD Swanson 07/26/12
Congrats! God Bless~
Linda Wright07/27/12
Now this was just plain fun and very creative! Congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 07/27/12
What a fun (and skillfully) written poem! Congrats on your Editor's Choice award!