Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)
TITLE: Yes I'm Serious
By Betty Castleberry
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“Thelma”, I told myself, “the world needs to see your God-given talent.” So here’s what I wrote:
Poem for Australia
Far, far away is a country called Australia
If you get a pen pal there, they’ll surely love to mail ya
I hear they do a lot of waltzing
With a lady named Matilda
I don’t know why they named her that; I like the name of Hilda
There are places you cannot pronounce with lots of U’s and E’s
Like Kununurra and Fleurieu, try to say them if you please
I’d like to know what a billabong is
Or at least know what it does
All these things have wrapped my brain in lovely Aussie fuzz
Kangaroos that box and dance are fascinating to me
I want to see a koala bear in a eucalyptus tree
Vegemite sandwiches you can keep
They don’t sound very tasty
But then again they might be great, let’s not be overly hasty
If I could talk with a real Australian he just might say “Oh crikey.”
See everything I know about “Oz“? I really hope you likey.
Yep, those accents are a lot of fun
They’re real pleasing to my ears
I’d love to see some Bushmen holding up their pointy spears.
Their social customs aren’t so odd; they put shrimp on the barbie
They call their kinfolk “rellies”; what could an Australian car be?
They have to vote, that’s what I heard
They don’t mess around with that
And if you visit the outback, you should wear an outback hat
Yes, Australia is a place where I’d love to spend vacation
It’s a fascinating, interesting, and no doubt gorgeous nation.
Well, that’s it. Pretty good, huh? I have amazing talent if I do say so myself. I don’t know when they announce the winner, but I’m going to be waiting. I hope there’s a big cash prize. I’d like to win enough money to buy a plane ticket to Australia.
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