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Take A Stand

or "how my neighbor's kids kinda saved the world"

By Donna ReneePublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 2 min read
Created with DALL E 2


One fine summer afternoon

The ship touched down out back.

A greenish purple alien

oozed out a window crack.


I've no idea why the spaceship

landed in my yard

"You have one chance to save your world."

So I thought very hard...


How can I convince them

our existence shouldn't end?

Why one chance? That isn't fair.

Why me, and not a friend?


I hemmed and hawed, they rolled their eyes

"Your time is running out."

Well, crap, I thought, it's up to me

Earth's future is in doubt.


"Ten minutes till the clock is up"

There is no time for drives

To blue oceans or tall mountains

so how will I save our lives???


I tried in vain to find a book,

or movie worth a world,

and then I peeked out from the drapes

and hope within me swirled!


I brought them to the corner

where the neighbor's kids had made

a cardboard box into a stall

to sell some lemonade.


A crayon sign was taped up top

Scrawled in a child's hand

"two dollars, please" it said in red

I asked what they had planned...


For the money that they'd earn that day

they had some worthy thoughts

To share some excess from the "haves"

with our hometown's "have-nots"


I watched the creature's eyes well up

with fluid of some kind

as they sipped upon the lemonade

Could this have changed their mind???


I smiled at the alien,

and said, "can I assume,

that the giving spirit of these kids

has saved us from our doom?"


"What? No!" they scoffed,

"Such charity means nothing to our race

But lemonade is something

that we really need in space!"


Who knew some crappy lemonade

in tiny mason jars

would mean salvation to the Earth

and peace with "men" from Mars?



About the Creator

Donna Renee

Hi! Thanks for reading! My hobbies include making coffee, drinking coffee, and starting to write a story and then rage-deleting it when I get the slightest bit frustrated.

Work in Progress: WOWH, cozy mystery (paranormal elements)


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  • Novel Allen6 months ago

    It is the little things that matter most it would seem. Great poem and message.

  • Denise E Lindquist7 months ago

    Enjoyed the saving the world poem! It is great!😊💕

  • Donna Fox (HKB)7 months ago

    This was so cute and fun!! I love that lemonade saved the world!! Great work!!

  • Alexander McEvoy7 months ago

    This got a genuine laugh out of me Donna! "Lemonade is something we really need out in space" Great and very funny poem!

  • Grz Colm7 months ago

    Really cool and charming entry Donna. Great work! ☺️👏 I see you have been busy. I’m well behind.

  • Jazzy 7 months ago

    That was a great ending, love that so much! Who new that Country Time would come in so handy!!!

  • Haha loved the ending Great job Donna!

  • Not me reading your subtitle, seeing your cover pic and thinking that your neighbours kids saved the world by turning the alien into juice and drinking it 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 The lemonade was a plot twist for me hahahahaha because I seriously was expecting them to drink up the aliens! Loved your poem!

  • Lamar Wiggins7 months ago

    Very playful with a solid message, but damn, two dollars. I hope it wasn't served in a dixie cup, lol.

  • Caroline Craven7 months ago

    I love this. Really clever. Great job Donna!

  • Dana Stewart7 months ago

    Very cute! I loved so many of these lines, great take on the challenge!

  • Such a beautiful, fun poem with such an ironic end. Well done as always, Donna!

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Creative and impressive!!! Who knew it that all they needed was lemonade 🍋 Loving your rhyming take a stand poem!!!

  • Andrew C McDonald7 months ago

    Very cute. Obviously sweet lemonade. Lol. Good luck.

  • Ahna Lewis7 months ago

    Haha, so cleverly done, Donna! Definitely gets my vote for the contest! The storytelling was excellent and the humor did not disappoint! 😆

  • Stephanie Hoogstad7 months ago

    This was a cute poem, and somehow I knew the lemonade itself would save the day. 🤣

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    Lol. This is great. I'd have spiked it.

  • Mark Gagnon7 months ago

    Just imagine how they’d react to a root beer float! Funny story 😆

  • Hahaha, I was wondering how it would end, 🍋 This Is Terrific, Storytelling❗

  • Mohammed Darasi7 months ago

    That was a fun read 😁... who knows, maybe if we meet up with aliens they would have empathy and choose to spare us for the right reasons 😂

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