Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: Not Me--No Sirree
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Brush my teeth till pearly white.
Go to bed first time I yawn.
Get up at the crack of dawn.
Clean the house; no dirt conceal.
Wash the dishes every meal.
Make the bed up daily when
It messes up each night again.
Eat my spinach, beans, and peas.
Bow and say “Excuse me please.”
Put on shoes for summer wear.
Always wear clean underwear.
Stay inside the house all day.
Never go outside to play.
Work until the day is done.
Leave off time for any fun.
Worry when the check’s delayed.
Wonder how the bills get paid.
Watch the nightly TV news.
See sad scenes and get the blues.
Tell my children what to do,
Places that they can’t go to,
Spank them when they’re acting bad.
Fuss at them until they’re sad.
Make them do their math homework.
Punish them for chores they shirk.
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The grown-up person I would be
Would NOT do such things—No sirree!
But since adulthood has begun,
I’ve eaten those words, one…by…one.
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