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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Potluck (Meal or Gathering) Deadline 7-26-12 @ 10 AM NY Time (07/19/12)

TITLE: A Proud Old Plate
By vincent lyons
07/24/12


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Every year the parish held a special potluck night
For which Aunt Molly always baked some morsels of delight;
For forty years I never missed being part of all the fun
All year long this plate would wait that special day to come.

The night before shed take me off my elevated shelf
(So proud to be selected as her special piece of delft);
Shed polish me and shine me up; I glistened in the light;
Then she prepared the cakes and treats Id bear tomorrow night.

Arriving at the parish hall shed proudly set me out
Delighting in the compliments of ladies milled about;
Id take my place with great aplomb beside each other plate
Knowing well the cakes I bore were the best, without debate.

Year in year out Aunt Mollys treats were gone before the rest
They nearly ate the plate as wellto which I can attest!!
What joy it was to play my part in her few hours of fame,
But time moves on relentlessly and slows her fragile frame.

Her feeble hands no longer do the things they did before
And she cant lift me down now from the dresser anymore
At times I see her look at me and little teardrops fall,
Perhaps recalling fondly, potlucks in the parish hall.


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CD (Camille) Swanson 07/26/12
This was touching and so clever...It held my attention and made me smile. Poignant and well written. Thank you.

God bless~
Linda Goergen07/27/12
This was wonderful! Loved it! It made me smile, then made me sadboth ways it grabbed my emotions! Such a unique and clever perspective! Great job!
Noel Mitaxa 07/31/12
I wonder what our kitchen plates and utensils could tell us of meals past. Very thought-provoking.
Margaret Kearley 08/02/12
A really grea6t poem. Congrats on your very well deserved win. I love this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/02/12
This is quite lovely. The rhyme and flow delightful.
CD (Camille) Swanson 08/02/12
Congratulations! God Bless~