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[Entry in Poetry Contest sponsored by Carolyn Devonshire 2-2-11]  

Got a letter in the mail today 
Right from the good old U S of A 
I opened it quick 
With my pogo stick 
While wondering what it would say. 
A citizen too often relaxes, 
So much he forgets to pay taxes. 
So pony up today, 
Don’t blow this away, 
Or we will hound you with dunning faxes. 
With IRS and their undue threat,
They have placed their bet on a roulette. 
I’ll acquiesce
When they confess
Otherwise they can sit there and fret!

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  1. Date: 2/22/2011 10:51:00 AM
    Congratulations James,on your win in Carolyn Devonshire's contest "Taxing Times". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/7/2011 2:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win! Love this!

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 4:08:00 PM
    Hi James - Congratulations on your WIN in Carolyn's contest! Best wishes, KC

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 11:28:00 AM
    Many congratulations James on your win in Carolyn's contest....:)

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 6:27:00 PM
    Congratulations on the well deserved win in the contest, James

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 12:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest...Jimmy

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 11:35:00 AM
    Congratulations James on a worthy presentation for 5th place honor. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 7:10:00 AM
    Good one for the contest...Reads like a winner to me...Enjoyed..Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..I have sent you two soup mails please read the last one that I wrote and ignore the first..Sara

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 5:10:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, James Joyce

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 3:49:00 PM
    congrats on your fine win, JAmes!

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 1:59:00 PM
    Congrats on your well deserved win, Jim. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 1:02:00 PM
    Got a great laugh reading your limericks, James. Congratulations on your win. The competition was very strong, so take pride in your accomplishment! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/2/2011 12:59:00 PM
    congrats on your win with this great entry

  1. Date: 2/1/2011 6:01:00 PM
    Three very well written limericks here. Good entry for the contest.

  1. Date: 2/1/2011 2:27:00 PM
    Very funny and humorous write on the taxing times, James

  1. Date: 2/1/2011 9:32:00 AM
    :) Great work, James. Thanks for supporting the contest! Love, Carolyn