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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Staff (01/31/13)

TITLE: On Second Thought
By Loren T. Lowery
02/05/13


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I came to work today, like many days before,
Paperwork and problems waiting there as I opened up the door.
And suddenly a voice inside me grumbled, “I ain’t takin’ this no more."

I'm gonna get some others to handle all this mess
So I can feel at ease ‘round here – peaceful more or less.
I’ll get me a conference room table for the room just down the hall
And put some inspiring posters there to hang upon the walls

I’ll hire a brainy council that’ll come and work right here
Hassle free - my life will be - a future full of cheer.
They’ll sit ‘round that conference table and hammer out what’s best
Then execute their ingenious plans while I nod happily - feet upon my desk.

I’ll have plenty of time for fun and games and exotic vacations galore.
Life on a platter – baseball and beer – I won’t have to worry no more.
Wisdom in council is Biblical they say, so I know I can’t go wrong.
Botherations and complications will soon be singin’ their final farewell song.

I came to work today, like many days before,
Paperwork and problems waiting there as I opened up the door.
And suddenly a voice inside me grumbled, “I ain’t takin’ this no more."

I’ll get me a friendly work force to clear the atmosphere.
And to show I’m fair and balanced, I’ll hire from here and there.
It won’t matter an inkling to me if it’s a madam or a bloke,
‘Cause this stuff ‘bout sexes not gettin’ along is nothin’ but a joke.

No, there won’t be no quarrels, bickering or any heated court-room brawl.
At 5 o’clock, they’ll all leave laughin’ from the room just down the hall.
And when they come by my office knowing they have me to thank,
I’ll nod cheerily to: Sonny, Cher, Siegfried and Roy, Rhett, Scarlett, Liz, Dick. Ken and Barbie and good ol’ hillbilly singin’ Hank.

Hmmm…those names are givn’ me pause

Now somethin’s naggin’ me at the bottom of my thoughts.
Something I’m sure I’m forgettin’ – you know, not recallin’ what I aught.
Then suddenly it hits me the legend that’s put me in this state of flux.
It was council, the say, came up with the idea for a duck billed platypus.

I came to work today, like many days before,
Paperwork and problems waiting there as I opened up the door.
And suddenly a voice inside me grumbled, “I ain’t takin’ this no more."

But after a night of rumination ‘bout what I just wrote and other things to weigh;
I concluded maybe it best just to keep it that a way.


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Beth LaBuff 02/07/13
While having a well-diversified staff (had to smile at the "madam or a bloke") may appear to lighten the work load, I can appreciate the MC's wisdom to perhaps rethink those thoughts, especially after that cast of characters that made their way into his staff lineup. [all that being said, I am confident that Ken & Barbie WOULD HAVE been an asset to him] :) I just may have to google that legend concerning the council and the duck billed platypus. :) This entry is packed with fun, creativity, and that oh - so elusive "what might have been." :)
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/08/13
I had fun reading this, which means someone had way too much fun writing it! I loved the whimsical thoughts about a different kind of staff.
Linda Goergen02/08/13
Hmmm, a writer having fun with themselves...and letting us join in! :) I gotta say, as I read I imagined a couple possible endings but certainly not the ending we got...that made me laugh out loud! And how could you not smile imagining God stepping back and letting a “staff” create an animal, each wanting their idea incorporated and the platypus the result. :) What a fun entertaining read, loved it!
Noel Mitaxa 02/11/13
Be careful what you wish for - you might just get it. Good fun here. Well done.
Sheldon Bass 02/11/13
Good imaginative, creativity on this piece. And as the two previous comments already state; it was fun! The platypus (sp?)part was inserted in just the right place in the piece (for me) in showing the results of a conglomeration of ideas from a commitee creating something rather crazy looking.
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/13/13
Nice job! God bless~