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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Black Sheep of the Family (10/03/13)

TITLE: The Littlest Black Sheep
By Verna Cole Mitchell
10/05/13


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Come listen to the story of
The littlest black sheep.
He’s one of those who got away
From shepherdess, Bo Peep.

The hardest part for Bo Peep was
She couldn’t ever find them,
But he came home when others did,
His tail a-wag behind him.

He’s not to be mistaken for
The lamb that Mary had.
He never tried to go to school
Nor make the children glad.

There is a rhyme about him though,
And probably you’ve read it,
About his generosity.
For that, he should get credit.

You know, the little nursery tale
Which asked if he had wool,
And he responded that he did;
In fact, he’d three bags full?

He’d given all his wool away,
To master and to dame,
With last one to the little boy
Who lived just down the lane.

It’s sad how he throughout the years,
Has gotten a bad name—
As black sheep of his family
With evil on him blamed.

Although this sheep is different;
He’s not like all the rest,
The Good Lord died for Him as well
And wants him to be blessed.


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Danielle King 10/10/13
Aw, this is so sweet. It took me back decades. You've enlightened me too. I always thought Bo Peep was a boy. A charming little poem.
CD Swanson 10/10/13
I've enjoyed this cute and important message. I liked how it flowed.

Thank you.

God bless~
Charla Diehl 10/10/13
This was a fun poem laced in whimsy, and ending with a great message. The rhyme and meter flowed beautifully.
Beth LaBuff 10/10/13
I've fallen in love with this delightful and endearing poem. It has everything; humor, whimsy, a message, and is brimming with charm. I think I resemble that little black sheep, I'm so glad the Shepherd sought me and blessed me. Such creative talent displayed here!
Noel Mitaxa 10/11/13
You've inspired me to respond with a poem....

Mary had her little lamb
With vegatables and mint sauce
"Oh dearest lamb,"
she cried, "I am
As hungry as a horse!"

But despite that, thanks for the scope of your simple verse. It's very well done - or maybe medium-rare ;-)
Marlene Bonney 10/11/13
I love the originality of thought behind this piece and how effortlessly it flowed! Well done!
Ellen Carr 10/12/13
I really enjoyed your poem with its references to the nursery rhymes and its great rhythm and rhyme. It's cute, with a good message. Well done!
Yvonne Blake 10/12/13
I love how you mixed familiar nursery rhymes with a good message. Nice!
Beth LaBuff 10/17/13
I was tickled black, er pink, to see this on the EC list. This one definitely needs a picture or two. I think a pair of GREAT-grandchildren will love this story!
CD Swanson 10/21/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Leola Ogle 10/21/13
Delightful! Congratulations, Verna, and God bless!
Bea Edwards 10/23/13
Precious is as precious does- Well done and congratulations!
Bonnie Bowden11/06/13
Dear Verna,

Children and adults alike will love to read your cleverly written poem. Thank you for your inspiring writing week after week!