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Millicent Portia Ponsonby-Smyth
Could speak fluent French by the time she was five.
By the age of just eight she was top of her class,
There wasn’t a test that she couldn’t pass.
English and maths she coped with just fine
And quantum mechanics she’d mastered by nine.
Her parents were proud, but a little concerned
That she’d never have fun if she stayed in to learn.

Her father said, “Millicent go out and play.”
“But father I’m reading so here I shall stay.”
“Being so clever is great there’s no doubt,
But once in a while you need to get out.”
She said, ”Pater, please listen I’m happy to study,
And if I go out there’s a chance I’ll get muddy.”

That very night she was taken off guard,
She discovered a sum that was simply too hard.
She stomped round her room in utter frustration,
She just couldn’t do this quadratic equation.

Gnashing her teeth and tearing her hair
She kicked out in temper at her teddy bear.
It flew through the air and bounced off the wall,
So she kicked it again before it could fall.

It bounced off her head and then off her knee
And suddenly Millicent giggled with glee.
She continued all night to kick it around.
For hours she kept it from touching the ground.
In the following weeks she practiced some more
And saved all the money she earnt from her chores.

She went to the shop, bought a ball and some boots,
And learnt how to dribble and learnt how to shoot.
Every day after school she went to the park
And practiced her football until it was dark.
She continued to study the books and the sport
And paid close attention to all she was taught.

13 years later Miss Smyth is delighted
She’s the first girl in history to play for United.

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  1. Date: 8/4/2011 8:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest. I wish you the best in the final round Rufus. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 6:28:00 AM
    Hi Rufus-Love it love it love it!Great fun.Easy to read just what I needed to suit my mood.Look forward to more.Thank you for cheering me up.Congratulations making feature page.Adding to my favs. Love June(sylvia)

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 9:14:00 AM
    A wonderful story. Very entertaining. i'm glad I saw it today. congratulations on being featured this week :)

  1. Date: 7/10/2011 12:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week Rufus. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/10/2011 10:16:00 AM
    Very well written and I love the humor. I enjoyed reading this and well done on having this gem featured, Regards

  1. Date: 1/18/2011 8:20:00 AM
    very charming poem Julie Heckman

  1. Date: 1/17/2011 5:50:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. so enjoyed reading your creative write tonight.. hope your time on Soup will be fun and filled with sharing with luv.. check out our contests too .. good luck with luv..

  1. Date: 1/17/2011 12:05:00 PM
    I Love it, this one is great

  1. Date: 1/17/2011 11:06:00 AM
    Very clever

  1. Date: 1/17/2011 10:20:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Rufus. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors this year. You can look to the left side of the main page and find lots of information about PoetrySoup. If you don't find what you are looking for ask any poet here. Everyone is willing to help. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/17/2011 7:58:00 AM
    Nice one with smiles Rufus,, enjoyed,..p.d.