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'Twas the night of the Gold Star, and at GMS,
As a Red Star I posted, just doing my best.
My messages total had risen that day
Fast approaching the magical number, 5K.

The others were waiting in anticipation
To witness the sight of Gold Star transformation.
The flurry of messages, we hoped would not be
Complicated with Lamb, TSOLT

When out in the lobby there came a commotion!
I jumped in my chair as I wondered the notion.
I hoped it was simple, no bringers of SPAM,
Heaven help us, oh please, let it not be The Lamb!

As I rounded the corner and peeked in to see,
I wondered in silence just what it could be.
My breath was caught short at the sight that did show
The Creator himself, with his Gold Stars in tow!

There was Swimdad the Elder and Dizzy MizBlue,
With WorldRecordGuy and Lockhartl, too!
Markandsusanv, the latest to Gold Heaven,
And lastly, Joelsenior and Jason397.

He was bathed in soft light and I knew he'd come far,
“IFindKarma,” I whispered, “GMS's Goldest Star!”
And standing before me in all his Gold Glory
He proceeded to tell me his GMS Story.

“On a board they called CA$H, I was making my run.
With mission accomplished I had Gold and was done!
My 100+ posts, well they worked like they should.
I checked back the next day… what I saw was not good.

“The poetry I posted by Frost and Shakespeare
Had suddenly vanished, was no longer here!
The TMF censors swooped down and deleted.
My Gold Star was gone… I felt down and defeated.

“In confusion I wondered just why it would be
Why the TMF censors would take time for me.
So in protest I created the board that is this
Called Gimme My Stars, or in short GMS.

“Post all of your nonsense, your gibberish and fribble,
For all this the TMF censors won't quibble.
Post one-liners, joke threads… have no fear, it's true!
But watch out for poetry, or they'll come and get you!”

He urged me to post, “Just one more,” he said.
“I'll christen you Gold, do away with that Red!”
With a heart that was pounding and bright eyes that glistened,
Last glance at the star that would no longer be crimson.

Thinking carefully, and putting the words to the pages
I thought at this moment, “I've been Red for ages!”
So taking a deep breath, my finger did press
My final post as a Red Star, now Gold on GMS!

As I gazed at my Gold Star, my heart filled with joy!
“I am Gold,” I said proudly and looked to the sky,
Remembering the journey from Yellows to Red,
“I will do you proud… this I promise,” I said.

IFindKarma smiled, ”My work here is done!
Go forth and spread wisdom, to newbii, every one!”
And I heard him exclaim, as I watched on in awe,
“Memo to TMF: Gimme My Stars!”

...Gold Star at last....
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