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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Cornucopia
By Jan Ackerson


The citizens of Allegorica
All gathered for a bounteous feast one day--
But just before they shared the luscious food,
They all—within their hearts—began to pray.
Yes, each began to pray.

Our thanks, dear God, for every blessing here.
‘Tis only by Your mercy we are fed.
Please smile upon our gathering, Lord. Amen!

“Well, let’s enjoy!” the village mayor said—
The jolly mayor said.

“Please pass the peace,” said Patty Peppercorn,
“For recently, I’ve had my share of strife.
My heart says ‘up’, my brain says ‘upside down’—
It’s quite a queasy way to live my life;
Uneasy, queasy life.”

“I’ll take a flagon of fulfillment, then,”
Said Frankie Featherweight, on Patty’s left.
“My soul’s been feeling empty for too long,
So fill ‘er up—I won’t leave here bereft!
No, nevermore bereft.”

“I’ll take one portion of prosperity—
No, make that two,” said Peter Pumpkinseed.
“Or three! You see, I plan to share my plate
With people from North Down-And-Out, in need.
They surely are in need!”

“A ladleful of love is what I’d like,”
Said little Lucy Lacewing, only eight.
“I want to show the children in my school
That people are to cherish, not to hate;
To play with, never hate.”

“Well, I need strength,” said Sally Scuppernong,
And took a steaming spoonful from the bowl.
“The task ahead of me is very great
And I will need some help to reach my goal—
My distant, distant goal.”

Horatio Hobby spoke up next. “My friends,
I’ll take a heaping helping of that hope.
My future’s so uncertain, so unclear,
Without it, I’m not sure that I could cope.
I really couldn’t cope.”

“Just pile my plate with purpose, if you please,”
Penelope Paroo said with a smile.
“So when I’ve had my fill, I’ll understand
Why I’ve been given time here for a while,
For just a little while.”

Jemima Jitterbug reached for dessert—
A jelly jar of joy, filled to the brim.
“Here’s what I need—if you don’t mind, I’ll eat
The whole jar. (I’ve been feeling rather grim.)
Uncomfortably grim.

So everyone in Allegorica
Enjoyed a blessing from God’s gracious hand.
From His abundance, each were fully fed,
And thankfulness was sung throughout the land—
God’s happy, favored land.

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Jen Davis06/15/06
Very cute, creative and clever! A fun read. I really enjoyed this. You certainly covered the essential ingredients for abundance. "From His abundance each were fully fed..." Great job!
Sherry Wendling06/15/06
Ha ha! Absolutely delightful! The rhyme scheme, the Mother Goose names, the trip down "Writer's Challenge Memory Lane? Exquisitely clever, and a hoot to boot!

Melanie Kerr 06/17/06
Excellent! Your title was spot on and I loved all the alliteration scattered among the verses.
Sharlyn Guthrie06/17/06
How funny and full of life! Now you need to write a book about each of the characters from Allegorica!
Linda Watson Owen06/18/06
Yes! Delightful in every way! I too especially enjoy the clever alliteration you've used all the way through this perfectly pleasing poem! :)
Rita Garcia06/20/06
This is really a treat! Love how you used all the topics from the past few weeks and wrapped them neatly with clear meanings. Abundantly delightful in every way!
Ann Grover06/20/06
Wonderful... I loved the walk back down the last nine weeks. Colourful, visual.
Brenda Craig06/20/06
This so made me smile,absolutely beautiful,funny and thought provoking at the same time.
Maxx .06/20/06
another very strong piece, Jan. I liked the rythm, most the words choices, and the message. Very good! You'll do well!
Suzanne R06/21/06
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!

I bet you had fun writing this too.
Sally Hanan06/21/06
The last line on each verse made me think of hymns :)and I loved the names of your characters. Clever work.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/21/06
Good job. I really enjoyed this piece. thanks
Venice Kichura06/21/06
Excellent---so creative!
Sherry Wendling06/22/06
Congratulations, Jan! You sure gave the Master a great run for his money. I'll be the scores were different by something like .001!
Trina Courtenay06/22/06
I couldn't comment last night due to being continually disconnected from the internet. It's always a pleasure reading your stories. Congrats on your win!

Rita Garcia06/22/06
Jan, congratulations on your EC Win! This was my favorite this week! I am so happy you won!
Jessica Schmit06/22/06
I've decided to go against the flow.

I hate this. I can't believe you won-AGAIN. it's no fair. Who are you paying off? TELL ME! Fine. No brownies for you. (wink)

Love ya Jan. Proud of you!!! Should I air mail the brownies?