VALENTINY CONTEST ENTRY
Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm so excited to participate in my first Valentine's Day Writing Contest...courtesy of Susanna Leonard Hill's 2nd Annual "Valentiny Writing Contest 2017." The rules are: write a story for children, with a clear story arc, using 214 words or less, including a character who is confused.
Here goes . . . I hope this Valentiny story brings a tiny smile to your face and brightens your day just a teeny bit!
TEENY TINY’S VALENTINY
By Melissa Stoller
A little frog named Teeny Tiny,
Searching for her Valentiny,
Hopped on lily pads all day,
To find a friend who’d stop and play.
“Would you like to be all mine?”
She asked a roly-poly swine.
“I like to eat and bathe in mud,”
Piggy said with a thud.
“Can you kindly be my love?”
Teeny asked a dove above.
“I’d rather live high in the sky,
Away I fly, goodbye.”
“Will you please steal my heart?”
Tiny asked a fox who’d dart.
“I need to dash, zip along,
So sorry I’m all wrong.”
Teeny Tiny felt confused
Her mouth turned down . . . not amused.
Could she find her Valentiny?
Who would buddy up with Tiny?
Grasshopper James then jumped by,
“Whee - I glide, spread wings, and fly.
Explore the land for days on end,
But I am bored without a friend.”
Finally, near a pond he hopped,
Grasshopper stared, smiled, and stopped.
“Who’s this creature crouching here,
On a lily looking dear?”
“My old friend Tiny, I’m Grasshopper James,
We were pals once playing games.
I hopped away to and fro,
Now I’m back – let’s go!”
Teeny Tiny looked up and down,
And turned around her giant frown.
She had found her Valentiny,
Her heart was full – her smile shiny.