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Watching the Spellers

They stride to the podium, nervous and tense,
Their confidence levels in check.
The depth of their knowledge is vast and immense;
Their opponents are waiting on deck.

The judge gives the word and they pause to digest,
Then they ask for its source or its root;
A sentence is given if that’s the request
And the part of speech offered, to boot.

You look at their faces and see the gears turn
As their studying comes into play.
The hours they’ve devoted, just so they could learn
What they’d need to compete on this day.

And then they begin, every letter pronounced;
With assertiveness, slowly they spell.
The judge gives a nod or an error’s announced
By a ding that’s the sound of farewell.

I watch them in awe – they’re so young and assured,
Even taking their losses in stride.
They’ve sacrificed pleasures but somehow endured
And I hope they feel nothing but pride.

Their prowess won’t get them too far in this life,
But at least they’ll know they can compete;
And in later years, if they’re confronted with strife,
They’ll remember they’ve conquered defeat.

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  1. Date: 6/5/2013 11:41:00 PM
    My family once tried to get me to enter a spelling contest (never did, but I'd love to improve my vocabulary). You always captivate with your lighthearted pen... good job on this! I could be wrong, but I heard on the news that the rules for spelling bees have changed. You now have to spell the word AND give the definition... much more difficult, eh?

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 9:38:00 AM
    Awsome poem ilene and a great message in the end. Would be a wonderful add on on a morning show reporting of a spelling bee. :)

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Hmmm, nice. I'm big on spelling and grammar and that's part of the reason why I like your meticulous writing. It seems this is a true account and you were observing the young 'uns at a spelling bee. Nice write, Ilene. Licia :-)