November 21, 2006

Sarah: No More Rhyming, Now I Mean It

My creative writing class has entered the portion of the class focusing on poetry. This is a problem. Although I normally enjoy writing, I will never be a poet. Sure, I've written a silly haiku or two on this site, but as for actual, serious poetry? Forget about it.
In the fourth grade, I set out to enter my school's contest in which, given a theme, students could submit a poem, drawing, song, or photo. My mom encouraged me to enter the competition, and, because it seemed easy, I chose to write a poem. The theme was "If I Could Give the World a Gift." I disappeared into my bedroom for an hour, working feverishly to craft the perfect, award-winning poem. After only two lines, my mind was a blank. Grasping my paper in my hands, I walked upstairs to seek guidance from my mom. I read the lines aloud:
If I Could Give the World a Gift,
I'd make it so we didn't biff.

And there, amidst my mother's laughs, ended my future as a poetess.

Posted by sarah at November 21, 2006 07:09 PM

That truly would be a gift.

Posted by: lisa on November 22, 2006 12:58 AM

If only you'd known about the art of the haiku in fourth grade.

Posted by: E on November 22, 2006 12:59 AM

Anybody want a peanut?

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on November 22, 2006 11:10 AM
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