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Dribblin' Betty

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Dribblin' Betty

Qualified for the finals of the basketball tourney
The star of the team traveled an incredible journey
to play in these momentous  games

A foreign exchange student from the Serengeti
was a twelve foot giraffe named Dribblin’ Betty
she wasn’t used to fame…

On her first day of school she cringed from stares
a brown-spotted gal sat alone in her chair…

she stood out like a sore thumb
team sports she shied away from…

“I miss home,” she said

 then headed off for gym

A power forward at the top of her game
made a full court shot without much aim…

the gym teacher’s mouth

 Dribbling Betty could help his team score!  

A new secret weapon for the girls’ basketball team
winning a championship was the coach's greatest dream…

The new point guard with no hands
Betty energized the home crowd from the stands…

They made homemade signs 
and stood in l-o-n-g  l-i-n-e-s
purchasing tickets to her games...

Her uniqueness brought her fame and glory
a Serengeti girl was now the leading role in this story

with thirty seconds left in the championship game
a hook shot missed and rolled down her mane

“Look! The queen of rebounds now has the ball!
Upon her shoulders the burden will fall
to run the clock and make the winning shot!

She’s the best chance this team has got!”


The buzzer rang with a blaring sound

the MVP was officially crowned 

Betty’s ball twirled inside the metal hoop


her new life

in the town


Loop De’ Loop

Gwendolen R. 


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  1. Date: 10/14/2012 10:21:00 AM
    Thanks for the chuckles this morning, John.

  1. Date: 8/15/2012 11:17:00 AM
    Hi Gwen excellent had me laughing best read for days love it, go Dribblin Betty, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 8/13/2012 7:39:00 PM made my day with the huggy wuggies....gosh I fell in love with the baby term.... you...are my age...right... loop de loop... You are awesome Rix.... Wish we could talk or hang out more here on the soup I bet it would be pd

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 8:01:00 PM
    I love this...the anticiaption, the shape, the possibility of it all. Victorious poem!!

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 12:44:00 PM
    12 foot, WOW! :) Love a sweet success story. When someone finally achieves some glory. An underdog that's 12 foot high. Just makes you want to go out there and try.

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 12:40:00 AM
    Lovely story - very nicely told. I love the part where the teacher's jaw hit the floor-quite funny, ha!

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 1:06:00 PM
    Hey Gwen, I absolutely enjoyed this tonight.. You sure brought this piece to life.. Hope your weekend is a great one :) love Wilma

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 6:37:00 PM
    As only the PaperClip Queen can write. Wonderful piece my dear sweet friend. Luv n hugs Michael

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 2:34:00 PM
    rousing piece , gwenie... you managed to keep the sense of movement and action throughout, AND made the whole message poetic.. your muse is alive, yes!.. i can;t comment on blogs!.. awwh, the TPS glitches!..:) love and hugggs!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 1:06:00 PM
    How NEAT that you too loved Bread!!! That song If was sung by my sister's boyfriend at a church dance. He was standing there singing and he dedicated the song to her!!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 1:05:00 PM
    Gwen, I know nothing about basketball but this seems to be based on a true character? You sure brought the excitement of the sport to your poem. Very nice story !!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 9:58:00 AM
    Oh, wow, Gwendolen, the incredible nature of your glorious write is stupendous! I can't believe the flow of your poem, so perfect, it was totally awesome my friend! I really enjoyed this amazing write, and a very memorable poem! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 9:48:00 AM
    Gwen, wacky just wacky, I love it..David

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 8:34:00 AM
    All I can say is brilliant loved it it made me smile :)

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:45:00 AM
    Ha, ha, wonderful story and rhyme. Delightful!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:33:00 AM
    Wow where did this week go? I am reading some amazing poetry this morning. It was a pleasure to read yours and I thank you for sharing it Gwen. Have a great weekend and I will be back Monday to read more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:30:00 AM
    loved it,awesome poem,have a great day,loved reading this this morning

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:19:00 AM
    Enjoyable story of Betty.Nice finish!!

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:02:00 AM
    You bring out the excitement of the game so well with these lines, and the image of the giraffe scoring lingers!! :) Jag

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:02:00 AM
    I enjoyed your poem, interesting and beautifully versed, have a great day Gwen, luv vie