Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
TITLE: A Problem with Editing
By Linda Payne
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A brouhaha broke out this week
as I tried to pen this rhyme,
letters and punctuation really
gave me a difficult time.
First little i and little e fought,
over who would be first in line.
“I firmly believe, as you can see,
that I come first,” bragged i.
Then C showed up with a compromise,
ever the diplomat,
“How ‘bout i before e except after c,
and that,” he perceived, “is that!”
Little i’s father, capital I,
gently reminded the mites,
“I comes after family and friends,
that is only polite.”
Punctuation piped up next,
not to be outdone,
and added their opinions
as to how this piece should run.
“Before you finish this sorry excuse
for a poem,” they all whined,
“you really need to check the afters
of each sentence and line.”
“Why, oh why,” moaned question mark,
“what is the motive, the point?”
“More emotion, excitement, and thrills!”
exclamation point rejoined.
Placid period patiently sat,
wherever she was placed.
Comma paused and broke up fights,
and made sure that nobody raced.
“Don’t forget us,” the Capitals called.
“Like sentinels we stand
before each sentence and proper noun,
we proudly lead the band.”
“Enough!” I yelled. “You’ve made your point,
who is the author here?”
But, I checked my spelling, capitals, and dots,
and everybody cheered!
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