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Naughty Boy by Briton Riviere

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Naughty Boy by Briton Riviere

The long dark winter had expired 
And spring with its vibrant colors was here
I was enticed by the great beauty of the outside
And planned to feign a headache after lunch
While my tutor, Mr. Hobart showed great concern
He gave Instructions that I not be disturbed
As I would be taking a long, quiet nap after noon

I do admit, I concocted a lie to later make my escape
I was free to chase dragonflies with lucent wings 
Clear across the vast green lawn 
Catching bull frogs in the garden pond
And listening to Old Ned tell those tall tales 
To his eager audience down at the stables
Never did I realize that I could be found out

I do not regret my adventures of that afternoon
It was the most enjoyable time I had had in a while
Now I face the circumstance of my deception
I was given a choice of punishment…
Either to spend three afternoons confined to the library
Or have the incident relayed to my parents abroad...
I have chosen to remain within these dark drab walls 


Bored to no end, that I am!
However, I must say that I have learned my lesson 
And through my fault, Rover, it seems is confined as well
My faithful old hound sympathizes; he understands how I feel
He gives hugs to console me whenever I am close to tears
I know how much he loves me as he never leaves my side
Not even when we know very well, that I have been a naughty boy
~*~
7/7/13

Note:  Inspired by the "Naughty Boy" Painting by Briton Riviere. (Google)
fineartamerica.com/.../naughty-boy-or-compulsory-education-briton-rivi...?

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  1. Date: 7/28/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Wow I haven't read a poem this good in awhile and I read some pretty good poetry this week you my friend go in the top 3. Excellent poetry poet

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 9:42:00 AM
    Great writing here....easily one of the best I have read in a while... I truly enjoyed reading this. Love ya lots.... Jake

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 4:47:00 PM
    Great story that you told about the painting..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 11:09:00 AM
    Annalise ...congrats on your win with this great piece

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:29:00 AM
    Annalise, ... congratulations... Luv~ LINDA

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 12:51:00 AM
    wow you let your imagination loose to run free and you came up with this wonderful poem. One of my favorites in the contest. VERy well written!

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 9:57:00 PM
    this is nice.... congrats... luv ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 8:04:00 PM
    congrats on your win it tells a wonderful story

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 7:02:00 PM
    Anna you certainly did a superb write for this contest. Congrats on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 5:35:00 PM
    What storytelling skills you have, Annalise! Took me right back to the time when all rich folks had a library and travelled abroad. Tutors for their children too. It seems to me that the painting you chose is a challenging one, but your poem makes it seem easy.

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
    I love the story you tell......making it first person, as if it were you as that child! Loved it !! Congratulations......what a great poem!

  1. Date: 7/18/2013 3:43:00 PM
    Your naughty boy is so well displayed. Enjoyed reading and watching it the way YOU painted it in words. Congratualtions.

  1. Date: 7/12/2013 12:51:00 PM
    charming write that is truly an enjoyable read, anne.. stay child-like and bright!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 7/10/2013 12:55:00 PM
    - Annalise, I'm back to read your wonderful poem ! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 5:23:00 PM
    Oh you naughty girl too!...Dear lady, how did you come up with this?...If this is for the contest, I pronounce it hands down winner and no one else need apply...

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 3:38:00 PM
    I can imagine this so well, my friend. Hope you are both feeling good today and that you're getting some rest xx

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Its always my pleasure to read your creative mind dear audreu.How arecyou these days?Hope you re fine dear.

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 9:12:00 AM
    How awesome this was penned! Terrific inspiration! :)

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 5:20:00 AM
    Excellent. Well penned poem. Creative. Enjoyed reading it. Tfs

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 2:10:00 PM
    It is evenly balanced and convincingly written. It reads like a true story. Maybe you should start composing your own novel. You are among the writers that convince and can appeal to many. Molto Brava! G. :)

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