Hi there! Hope I didn’t spook anyone by showing up in your mailbox a whole day early, but it’s a special occasion!
I’m not much for entering contests, and writing contests in particular usually make me shudder. There’s nothing like a story starter or writing prompt or rigid set of rules to make by brain seize up and all creativity flow directly out of my socks.
But today I am making an exception, because Susanna Leonard Hill wants me to. She’s gone and put up a contest that piqued my interest, darn it! I had no choice but to rise to the challenge. To whit:
VALENTINE’S DAY CONTEST
Write a children’s story, poetry or prose, about unlikely Valentines.
Maximum 200 words.
That’s it! I can handle that!
As of now: GO HERE TO READ THE ENTRIES
And on February 14: GO HERE TO VOTE
Now gather ’round, get cozy with your teddy bears, and enjoy my little ditty of 187 words: “Pencil and Pen: A Composed Love Story.”[column size=”1-2″]
Pencil and Pen: A Composed Love Story
Said Pen to Pencil, casually:
What do you think of you and me?
Said Pencil, in a righteous huff:
You? You’re too indelible!
I really couldn’t deal.
You put things down on paper
that then you can’t repeal!
I find that irresponsible!
Take heed of this one phrase:
You’ll never, ever win me
till you mend your inky ways.
Said Pen to Pencil, low and gruff:
And you, my dear? Irresolute!
You clearly can’t commit.
You hem and haw, then turn around
and rub out what you writ!
You can’t be trusted, fickle one,
your word is a disgrace,
so any thoughts you had of love
you might as well erase.
Imperious! You cad!
Precarious! You’re mad!
I find you irresistible,
you gorgeous graphite girl.
He drew a heart around her
in an everlasting swirl.
I think you might be lovable;
I think it’s you I choose.
Then she colored in his heart
with a million subtle hues.
They’ve been together ever since,
their lives one long embrace,
and raised eight little scribbles
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Valentine’s Day + Pencil and Pen Activities
- Danielle’s Place has a plethora of adorable Valentine’s Day crafts for kids.
- A site devoted to games you can play with nothing more than a pencil and paper? Yes, please! Check out pencilandpapergames.com.
- Try some step-by-step drawing tutorials at Artists Helping Children.
[divider=”1″]Video Location: Baratti, Italy.See more poems in my poetry video library. “Pencil and Pen: A Composed Love Story” Copyright © 2012 Renée LaTulippe Ceramics by Deborah Ciolli. I’ll be interviewing Deborah and her crazy cats next week!