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This Is No Picnic

This Is No Picnic
We packed up the grill and my uncle took us to the lake
I was hoping for a burger, maybe even a juicy steak
Amazed was I to see the cooler packed with frozen shrimp
What kind of picnic is this?  My smiling lips went limp
“Stop pouting,” said Uncle Tim, tossing me a fishing pole
“This here lake is filled with huge trout. It’s the best fishing hole”
If we wanted to eat lunch, first we would have to catch it
Seems his picnic invitation this info did omit
The hours dragged past and we hadn’t had a single bite
Our clan was growing hungry and grandma seemed uptight
So she took charge and lit the grill in spite of Tim's protests
But he could not do battle with her so he acquiesced
Mosquitoes were drawn to scents of shrimp on the barbecue
Then a horde of hornets found our camp and buzzed on through
We screamed and scurried about to avoid their bites and stings
Till Uncle Tim doused the grill and took us to Burger King
He ordered burgers to go, placed a blanket on our lawn
Till this day we still laugh at the antics we’d undergone

Written for Carol Brown's Picnic Time contest

Copyright © Diane Locksley

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  1. Date: 5/21/2011 1:18:00 AM
    This was one of the funniest I have read in the contest, diane, GREAT ending! Congrats on the winner circle..

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 10:15:00 AM
    Diane, Congratulations on your success in Carol's Picnic Contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 6:16:00 PM
    Diane, Back yard picnics are the best! Smile! Congratulations on your poem's honored success. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 7:58:00 AM
    Congrats on your HM, Diane. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 7:25:00 AM
    Lots of fun! Many congrats on your win, Diane : )

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 7:16:00 AM
    My Congratulations on this HM win in the contest of carol, Diane

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 5:25:00 AM
    Congrats Diane on your HM in the picnic contest with this delightful write luv... enjoy your special honor for excellence and creativity..

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 5:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning poem placing in my contest Diane. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/16/2011 5:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Diane

  1. Date: 5/16/2011 12:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your featured write this week Diane. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/15/2011 5:49:00 PM
    Congrats Diane on your featured poem this week on PS.. a great one to share with us all with luv..

  1. Date: 5/14/2011 7:17:00 PM
    I think I closed out the contest a few hours ago--wrote a quickie to expedite yours to a win! I like the horde of hornets...I think I like your uncle's approach the MOST! He should have home-schooled you guys and REALLY frustrated the heck out of you! ha ha ha. Have a blessed weekend. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 3:18:00 PM
    We had - my wife, son, and I - an outing like this. We were camping in Michigan, up near Traverse City at a new campsite. MOSQUITOS! Hoards of them. We pulled up stakes and beat it into a motel. Great write, Diane - lots of humor. Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 11:44:00 AM
    An amusing and entertaining story. Good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 3:50:00 PM
    Most fun sort of picnic! Oh, yeah, let the king make you a fish-burger! Cheaters! This poem will rock in the contest. So fun, so entertaining! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 5:16:00 AM
    this is really funny Diane and a nicely rhymed story. It's cool how sometimes a story in rhyme increases it's humor, don't you think? I enjoyed this . My first laugh and chuckles today. Thanks, I needed that.

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 1:42:00 PM
    Cute and clever Diane.. a real adventure for a picnic time... good luck in the contest.. burgers won on that eventful day .. and a good laugh too..

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 1:29:00 PM
    Hilarious and humorous picnic ending in going the Burger King. Good luck in the contest, Diane

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 1:08:00 PM
    What a hoot! I used to take my grill out on my cabin cruiser. When the fish weren't biting, the shrimp used as bait began to look awfully tempting. At least Uncle Tim treated you to some hamburgers. Very funny! Best wishes for success in the contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 12:56:00 PM
    LOL I think you were much better off at Burger King, Diane : )