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I do not aim to be prudish, but it seems that Poetry Soup does. It refuses to accept the correct English word meaning ‘female dog’! Hence the asterisk In the first line.

Sometimes I muse that life can be a *itch
When every prospect seems of rosy hue
From cerulean sky a fatal glitch
Precipitates its mischief; then I rue
That naive expectation of a child
On whom Dame fortune yet has only smiled

Then something in my skin begins to itch
In parts inviolate to ease of scratch 
And paranoia whispers: “‘tis the Witch
Who cast her evil influence, to hatch
Black parasites that burrow in my brain
Contaminate all thought, implant a bane”

Should this dark image linger unrelieved
Or might a metaphorical light switch
Restore a life where hope may be conceived
So cradled safe and calm, with ne’er a twitch
Neath skies with butterflies where bluebirds sing
Believe that?  Chance you’ll believe - anything


Date your poem written: 10 October 2019

Contest where Not Placed: Itch witch glitch or twitch

DATE CONTEST WHERE NA'D WAS JUDGED: 1 Nov.2019

Writing Challenge - December - Any poem NA'd in November 2019

Sponsor, Dear Heart- Wiishkobi Ode

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Date: 12/10/2019 7:21:00 PM
Geoffrey congratulations on your win in my writing challenge with this wonderful poem, well done!
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Date: 12/8/2019 5:29:00 PM
I agree with you, Geoff, that it is lamentable that the tryany of political correctness has come to the Soup. The fact is that 'bitch' is not an obscenity, no more than 'bastard' is, and of course you use it in a very general sense. I've always wondered why we make certain words taboo, since they're just sounds, without intrinsic evil-- that can only lay within the evil-minded. You do though make a mistake in syntax in the last line-- you meant 'chances are you'll believe anything', didn't you?
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Date: 12/8/2019 8:40:00 PM
Thanks for the detailed feedback, Len - much appreciated. You are right about the syntax of the last line. I granted myself poetic licence in order to fit the meter of the verse.
Date: 10/17/2019 8:46:00 AM
This is smart and skippy at the same time! Well crafted... excellent fun! I think Nina will love this!
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