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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: The Talking Books and The Elephant Bookends
By Colin Swann
01/31/14


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(Inspired by elephant bookends—a gift from my son.)

We are tomes and books, both short and long,
That lies betwixt two beasts, so strong;
Which press us hard and squash our backs
And make us worn, and blue and black.

Our pages fray from push and shove,
And piercing tusks, we do not love;
They scratch and scrawl and make us red
And make the ends a place to dread.

Their heavy weight and bulky size
Take new editions by surprise;
They hope to find the middle ground
Far from the danger to be found.

Our spines and tops, and bands and fronts,
Have all been damaged by their stunts;
But we desire to thwart their might
By putting up a hearty fight.

We'll push and shove and make them fall,
Those elephants, from off the wall;
Free of danger, we'll give a try
To stand alone, with heads up high.

Then, found it hard, to say the least,
With no support from book nor beast;
But, hope those bookends can grow wings
To fly up here and do their things.


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Noel Mitaxa 02/06/14
You've enjoyed putting this together almost as much as I enjoyed reading it. Very clever work, though in a minor glitch in your third verse, you use "Their" and "They" for the bookends as well as for the new books - which makes for a slight confusion. Otherwise, terrific stuff.
Linda Goergen02/07/14
Very entertaining and visual! You really brought those elephant bookends, and the books they held up, to life in this!
Ellen Carr 02/07/14
A most enjoyable read and very well-written, with humor. Well done!
Virginia Bliss 02/08/14
Very entertaining. Excellent meter.
Danielle King 02/08/14
Certainly on topic and very entertaining. Hope your son doesn't read it! Ha!
Toni Hammer 02/08/14
Great meter and a fun read.
Lillian Rhoades 02/10/14
Personified books...I have two bookends that would give your beleaguered books the VIP treatment. :-). Our minds ran together on this one. Lots of great lines that tantalize the imagination. Tiny bit of red ink...The verb tense is consistent throughout, except for "found" in the last stanza.











Yannick Ford02/10/14
I enjoyed reading this! I have a shelf at home without bookends and can relate to your last verse! The lines "They hope to find the middle ground / Far from the danger to be found" are excellent as that is so true in many walks of life, so one can relate to these new editions wanting to avoid danger!
Wendy B McLain 02/10/14
I chuckled through this poem! How adorable and witty! I loved it! Sounds like a winner to me.
Norma-Anne Hough02/11/14
Hi there,
Lovely read.
I am sure the fact that are a a gift from your son makes them all the more special.
Very visual.
Love
Norms xxx
Lillian Rhoades 02/13/14
Colin, so happy for you! Perseverance counts. Congratulations!!
Danielle King 02/13/14
Congratulations Colin. A cute and clever poem. I loved it!
Nancy Bucca 02/13/14
Great job. Congrats.
Linda Goergen02/13/14
Congratulations Colin! So glad to see this a winner, loved it!
CD Swanson 02/13/14
Congratulations!

God bless~
Elizabeth Baize 02/13/14
Congratulations!! This is so creative!!
Bea Edwards 02/17/14
You painted a delightful picture with your clever poem. Congratualtions!