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On the Button

When buying clothes with buttons
Often they include a spare,
So if you find one missing
You’re all set for the repair.

It’s quite a handy custom,
For a button often pops
And usually we’re unaware
Of how and where it drops.

Providing extra buttons
Is both prescient and astute,
Preventing people’s wasting time
In matching-up pursuit.

I wish that other sellers
Would adopt this policy;
I’d never miss an earring
If each pair instead had three!

for Black Eyed Susan's Button Contest

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  1. Date: 3/12/2013 6:16:00 PM
    You have a lovely way with rhythm and rhyme yourself, Ilene. It moves beautifully, and also, you have a magical way with turning mundane objects into magical treasures. Happy week to you! -Jeremy

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 1:05:00 PM
    Ha! Yes, I agree! Love this one. Congrats on your well deserved win! :) Tanya

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 11:42:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading this creative winning work..It really has great flow..Congrats..

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 10:22:00 AM
    You style is so unique and un-mistakable Ilene...love this clever and wise poem and congratulations! - Tim

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 7:30:00 AM
    Excellent poem on the contest theme Ilene!Love the ending very much.Congrats on your top win.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:09:00 PM
    Congratulations on a very fine win, Ilene. Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 5:38:00 PM
    Congratulations. One of my favorite poets here at number one!!

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 1:21:00 PM
    Oh good one! I have a little box full of all those extra buttons..you never know! congrats. BG

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 12:14:00 AM
    a beautiful diversion, congrats on the win

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Ilene, :-) Congratulations on your well deserved win... Good night~ PD

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 5:55:00 PM
    A wonderful poem. How exciting, earrings in sets of three. Congratulations Ilene. a well deserved win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 1:40:00 PM
    You are right!!! I am always losing one earring, and have a box filled with them, in hopes I will find the mate! What a cute poem this is.....a winner!! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 12:47:00 PM
    So many great poems with the theme "Buttons" - everyday things - Each one with different ideas ..... many different "Buttons". - Congratulations on your winning poem,Ilene!!!! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Ilene, So true, and worthy of first--clever take on the theme.

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 9:20:00 AM
    love the last line! Congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:42:00 AM
    Well done!

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:12:00 AM
    Ha love it and congratulations on this win Ilene you deserve it xx

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 2:13:00 PM
    And if they'd sell us five for four. We'd never have to ask for more. :)

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 9:07:00 AM
    Great poem - wish I had written it.

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 9:06:00 AM
    I've never worn an earring / I never felt the need / And have I sewn on buttons / Thousands yes indeed / But when I get and extra / It goes loose in a jar / and when I need a button / It takes too long by far / To find a matching button / From the time that I begin / So like your dear friend Andrea / I usually safety pin

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