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A Rattling Rhyme Premiere Contest Winner

Ride of the Scarecrow Clan (To: Mittens) She was born in the corn on a cold misty morn, the most beautiful cat on the farm. (I must keep her from coming to harm!) The most beautiful kitty inspired this ditty with whiskers that whisper her charm, wild white whiskers that whisper her charm. But the angels grew jealous, much too overzealous, they schemed up a dastardly plan, that they stole from a bad bogeyman. They would use and abuse all their magic, so tragic, and conjure the Scarecrow Clan, for their devilish dastardly plan. The Clan owed them a favor for past misbehavior, behavior so foul and so cruel, they would ride when moon became full! When the moon elevated they rose animated to drown Mitten’s in the cesspool. As they hunted they started to drool. Hunting high, hunting low, riding ‘round to and fro, as they frantically searched helter-skelter, for young Mittens who found a safe shelter. As they howled and they growled all the air became fouled, but they couldn’t find Mittens’ safe shelter. “When we find her, in acid we’ll melt her!” Could these four scarecrows stoop to even new lows as they hunt by light of the moon? (Better hurry the dawn will come soon!) Long they hunted and haunted but she was undaunted, she laughed at the bumbling buffoons, while she purred out a kitty cat tune. Curled with grace in a space near the warm fireplace, for the Scarecrow Clan fears the fire. (Just the thought of it makes them perspire.) So they searched and they lurched in the fields near the church, growing desperate, dejected, and dire, for the sunlight will make them expire. Without warning came morning, but there was no mourning, the angels’ black magic was shattered, and the Scarecrow Clan riders battered. Under natural law the Clan turned back to straw, and their straw o’er the cornfield was scattered. She'll be safe now and that’s all that mattered. 13-March-2020 (Friday the 13th). First Place in "A Rattling Rhyme" poetry contest sponsored by Nina Parmenter

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Date: 4/26/2021 1:43:00 PM
What a fun poem! Glad the clan didn’t win and Mittens stayed safe!
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Eric Cohen
Date: 4/26/2021 9:02:00 PM
Thanks, Jennifer. This one had to have a happy ending. ~Eric
Date: 1/8/2021 11:59:00 AM
Congrats Eric on a nice win, I love internal rhyme and how you used it, a really great cadence and fun read!
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Eric Cohen
Date: 1/9/2021 9:58:00 PM
Thanks, John. Glad you stopped by.
Date: 9/1/2020 10:13:00 PM
Damn!! Skillful doesn't begin..! Off the chain work, Eric, oceans of powerful inspiration fed your whole process. I'm enamoured. A write of massive entertainment capacity.
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Date: 6/8/2020 5:25:00 PM
This is fun, playful, enjoyable, just an overall great read. Congratulations on your award!
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Eric Cohen
Date: 6/8/2020 8:09:00 PM
Many thanks. This was fun to write.
Date: 5/22/2020 10:08:00 AM
I appreciate this tribute to Mittens..so glad the journey ends well..you had been thinking otherwise..congratulations..
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Eric Cohen
Date: 5/22/2020 10:14:00 AM
Thank you, Nancy. On an unrelated topic: I'm an avocado fan and enjoyed your poem very much. Best to you. Eric.
Date: 5/18/2020 1:45:00 PM
Hello Eric Cohen, I love this tale in poetry form. I love the ending that the cat is safe. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 5/19/2020 1:44:00 PM
Hi Eric, you are welcomed. This is a great poem. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Eric Cohen
Date: 5/18/2020 10:02:00 PM
Hi Darlene. Always nice to hear from you. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great evening. Eric
Date: 5/15/2020 4:47:00 PM
Thank goodness kitty was safe. Clever poem. Bon boulot.
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Eric Cohen
Date: 5/15/2020 5:38:00 PM
Thanks for stopping by and the kind comment.
Date: 3/28/2020 4:14:00 PM
Those must have been dark angels. You rambled you’re way right into being awarded a trophy for this clever piece. I am sure happy kitty is safe! Congratulations Eric! : )
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Eric Cohen
Date: 3/28/2020 4:20:00 PM
Connie, thanks for reading and your comments, which I always appreciate.
Date: 3/28/2020 1:37:00 PM
This is sublime!! Love the rhythm, rhymes and deliciously creepy tone... and the perfectly lovely ending! I could see a kind of cartoon version of this in my head as I was reading- LOVE it!!! ;)
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Eric Cohen
Date: 3/28/2020 3:56:00 PM
Thanks Rhona. Your comments mean a lot to me.
Date: 3/27/2020 8:57:00 PM
wow, what an imagination you have. Great story telling, Eric and congrats on the trophy win.
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Eric Cohen
Date: 3/28/2020 10:20:00 AM
Thanks, Andrea. This was the one I started but didn't use for the Poe contest.
Date: 3/27/2020 4:50:00 AM
The rhythm of this is akin to the sound of a train on its tracks.. and I love it :)
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Date: 3/26/2020 11:01:00 PM
This is wonderful writing, Eric, all the elements I enjoy, (and I will ALWAYS prefer Rhyme over Free Verse, personally) ... congratulations on a well-deserved trophy in Nina's contest - she knows her stuff! (Ironically I wrote a "creepy scarecrow" poem a few days prior - we must have tied into the same vibe - I've been looking for a good creepy scarecrow movie ever since, lol!). Blessings! :o) (Into my faves)
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Eric Cohen
Date: 3/27/2020 6:38:00 AM
Thanks, Greg. Yes, I think we are on the same vibe. I'll look for your scarecrow poem.
Date: 3/26/2020 4:52:00 PM
I am so delighted. Thank you, Nina. This was fun. Please keep coming up with ideas for contests like this. I love writing in this style with fast rhythm and such, whether for a silly or light poem or a "serious" one. I had given up on the idea for this poem until I saw the scheme you commissioned and it clicked. Also enjoyed the other poems submitted, so you deserve credit for inspiring us.
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Date: 3/26/2020 4:39:00 PM
Eric, all your creativity in weaving this Friday the 13th melodrama with scarecrows and bad angels and a cute kitten who's smart enough to cuddle up by the fireplace, along with your inventive rhymes make this a very worthy gold medal winner. Hats off!
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Eric Cohen
Date: 3/26/2020 4:55:00 PM
Thanks, John. I appreciate the comment. Can't take much credit for "Friday the 13th," though. That was the actual day I posted the poem (was afraid the contest would fill up if I waited any longer).
Date: 3/17/2020 8:25:00 AM
This was beyond fun. A true pleasure to read. I am thoroughly entertained. ;0)
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Eric Cohen
Date: 3/17/2020 3:52:00 PM
Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed it.