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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Help (02/20/06)

TITLE: Deliver Us From Kittens
By Kenn Allan


O LORD, please hear this anxious prayer,
Your wisdom I implore,
I'm falling into deep despair,
And can't endure much more.

This morning at the crack of dawn,
Outside my warm domain,
I saw, bedraggled, on my lawn,
The future of my pain ...

... Three kittens in the rain.

With silent mews and pleading eyes,
They begged to come inside,
Each tiny face dressed in the guise,
Of Love Personified.

LORD, how could I have ever known,
What shrewdness lie within?
For this mistake, I will atone,
For when I let them in ...

... Three kittens shared one grin.

I must admit, they had me fooled,
By letting me enjoy,
Those fleeting moments I still ruled ĺ
A most effective ploy.

They purred and pranced with tails erect,
They cuddled, napped, and played,
I had no reason to suspect,
Much less, to be afraid ...

... Three kittens on parade.

I feared things first had gone awry,
When they exposed their claws,
And kept me running to apply,
More iodine and gauze.

Protect me, LORD, from needle teeth,
I don't wish to be harmed,
Secure their weapons in their sheath ĺ
I'm growing quite alarmed ...

... Three kittens fully armed.

This afternoon I sought repose,
Within my favorite chair,
But quickly learned my furry foes,
Had worked their mischief there.

The scattered foam torn from inside,
Made playthings in the sun,
But when I asked, they all denied,
The damage they had done ...

... Three kittens having fun.

Off to my office, drenched in fear,
I flew in forced retreat,
But close behind me I could hear,
A dozen tiny feet.

I'd almost conquered my concerns,
Until they sprang their trap;
They swarmed my keyboard, taking turns,
In giving keys a whap ...

... Thr3E k!tt3n$ oN m• l&p.

Tonight I cooked my favorite dish,
(It made those kittens drool)
A casserole of rice and fish,
Which needed time to cool.

But missing was the savory slice,
Much to my own chagrin,
With only paw prints in the rice,
Where my fillet had been ...

... Three kittens dining in.

Day is done; itís time for bed,
To thee, O LORD, I pray,
For strength to overcome my dread,
And face another day.

My long and solitary life,
Has set me in my ways,
Iím far too old to cope with strife,
Brought on by wayward strays ...

... Three kittens sit and gaze.

Whatís this? Three kittens at my feet,
Around my legs caress,
My ears are filled with purrs so sweet,
They soothe my mind from stress.

Perhaps my prayers were premature,
Now knowing from the start,
The emptiness I would incur,
If they were to depart ...

... Three kittens stole my heart.

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Jan Ackerson 02/27/06
Well, it's no secret that I'm a cat lover, so this poem really spoke to me--but I'm also a lover of GREAT poetry--and this is IT, my friend!
Corinne Smelker 02/27/06
Such a wonderful poem - of course I am the proud owner of (or is it owned by?) three cats and I have been part of their ploy to get their way, so I can totally relate to this.

Not only funny, but your poem was well structured.
Linda Watson Owen02/28/06
Oh, what a sheer delight!! This poem stole MY heart!!!
Kevin Kindrick02/28/06
This was great, and I feel your pain. I, too, am held captives by scalawags of the feline variaty; and it's true, despite all their mischiefs, cats can - one and all - steal their human's hearts.

God bless,

david grant03/01/06
Ha! The best entry I've read yet! Too bad we don't have a poetry challenge. This poem would get all the honors. Hope the judges like it as much as I did.

Stacey Kitchens03/01/06
I loved this poem. Very well done!
Debbie Sickler03/01/06
I don't even like cats, but I loved your poem anyway. It was really cute in content and clever in form. Great job!
Lynda Schultz 03/01/06
Come and see my furniture! I only have two and they aren't kittens anymore, but I can relate. Wonderful picture, wonderful poem.
david grant03/01/06
My life, THE kitty lover, loved this too!
Marilyn Schnepp 03/02/06
Precious. Darling. So cute!
I loved it...a master of the rhyme you are! And for this you deserve a silver star!
Very, very nice!
David Ian03/02/06
Flawless in content and expression! The agony and joy of small kittens captured in words, didn't think it possible. Loved the keyboard bit. The little conspirators. Hee hee. Such a joy to read and to share. Bravo! Take a bow! Author! Author!
Andre Kingston03/02/06
I too, must add nothing but praise. I absolutely LOVED the bit about the keyboard as I'm always shooing some silly kitten off mine while I'm trying to use it. The content was true, fun and well presented.

Your form supported your content wonderfully. I think it was done perfectly.

Good job and thank you for the warm laugh.
Pat Guy 03/02/06
Once again flawless and fantastic. A joy - always! (even if it IS about cats)
Dara Sorensen03/02/06
Very sweet and endearing!
Birdie Courtright03/02/06
How fun! You captured their antics perfectly! Great poem!
Teri Wilson03/02/06
Most everyone knows I am a total dog person, but even I loved your poem. Great rhythm. Very well written.
Lisa Smith03/02/06
Very good job! I really enjoyed this. Thanks for submitting - it was fun!
Andre Kingston03/02/06
I just had to drop you another line to tell you, I printed out your poem for my husband and he LOVED it! He giggled through it so hard that he had trouble reading the last few paragraphs. Then he had to chase our cats down and hug each of them. He sends his compliments to you.

Thank you very much.
The Tornyn03/03/06
I love this poem! I am honestly thinking about framing it and hanging it on my wall!! Great job!
Karie Spiller03/04/06
I liked it!! it was very good.
Michelle Ian03/04/06
I sit here with one of my own kitties on my lap as I type this. I smile and shake my head every time I read your poem. Your words depict life with my two boys to a tee when they were younger, and even now at times when they for get they're over 14 years old.
Shari Armstrong 03/04/06
LOL - too funny -love the kittens on the keys line.
Maxx .03/05/06
Gotta tell ya, Neither Mrs. Maxx nor I are cat people. So there was no emotional impact for me in the reading.... unless you want to add a stanza about "Three little kittens are all dead" loL! OK, I'm kidding (sorta). Without a cat lovers heart, I could only enjoy the true skill you displayed in weaving such a piece. Very strong entry and, no doubt, another poetic winner! :-)
Karen Rice03/05/06
Love the title, love the poem, love the message. It's true, they steal your heart.
Helen Murray03/06/06
Love this delightful poem! The rhythm suits the tale most beautifully. It's real poetry with rhyming and consistent rhythm. Excellent!
Anita Neuman03/06/06
This is what happens when you come in late on the reading - everyone else has already said it all. But they're right: delightful, great rhythm, funny - congratulations!!!
Caitlynn Lowe03/07/06
A very cute story!
Donna J. Shepherd03/09/06
Very cute! With a little work, you might have a children's book here. Congrats on your win.
Helen Curtis09/13/12
Absolutely delightful! I know it was from 6 years ago, but this made me smile and giggle and "LOL."