Saturday, May 9, 2009

Raven Meets Thomas Hardy

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: gentle spring rain, mammoth, soap opera, worry, bubble gum, garden gate, seizure, of Biblical proportions, paralysis, wrinkles
Mini Challenge: operatic, stuffed animals, anger management, biographical, paint splatters

We dragons decided to try to write poems like a great poets. The assumption is the original poet wanted to say the same thing but had to use Raven's words. So here is our version of The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy with an apology to Hardy

The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy Raven

"O 'Melia, by the garden gate, this does everything crown!
In this gentle Spring rain I should meet you in Town?
And whence such mammoth garments, such prosperi-ty?
O didn't you know I'd been ruined?" said she.

"You left us in tatters, without stuffed animals or socks,
Tired of anger management , and spudding up docks;
And now you've paint splatters and bright feathers three!"
"Yes: that's how we dress when we're ruined," said she.

"At home like a soap opera you said 'thee' and 'thou,'
And made big bubbles with bubble gum; but now
Your talking quite fits 'ee for operatic compa-ny!"
"Some polish is gained with one's ruin," said she.

"Your hands were like paws then, wrinkles and bleak
But now I worry no more of your delicate cheek,
And your biographical story fits any la-dy!"
"We never do work when we're ruined," said she.

"You used to call home-life the paralysis of a dream,
Of Biblical Proportions you would sigh; but at present you seem
To know not of seizure or melancho-ly!"
"True. One's pretty lively when ruined," said she.

"I wish I had feathers, a fine sweeping gown,
And a delicate face, and could strut about Town!"
"My dear -- a raw country girl, such as you be,
Cannot quite expect that. You ain't ruined," said she

Our ten word challenge -Dragon Soap Opera

The dragon channel has a new soap opera.
We bet you didn’t know that.
A dragon soap is a mammoth undertaking almost of Biblical proportions. It is hard to find a dragon that can convey any emotion. The soap requires that the actor be able to portray joy, sadness and hardest of all worry. They found just the right dragon in Seemore H. Wrinkles long time star of dragon movies and now doing his first soap opera.
The new program “ Down by the Garden Gate” begins with our hero, Horse Greenly, running happily through a gentle Spring rain blowing huge bubbles with his bubble gum. Suddenly he has a seizure. You should see Seemore doing the seizure scene. It is just brilliant. The mammoth bubble bursts and he is covered with bubble gum. This of course leads to instant paralysis and the arrival of the arch villain , the mean purple dragon. How they got that color we do not know. Must be a high budget special effect show. Like a good soap opera we won’t know until the next episode if Horse Greenly escapes. Until then we have to worry.
What would we do without the dragon channel?


  1. I knew Hardy wanted to write that poem. You dragons are so kind to bring it to our attention.

  2. oh how I love the poem, it is delightful to read aloud which is my thing when it comes to poems

    I have premium cable but can't find the dragon channel, is it restricted perhaps?

  3. Hardy couldn't have done it without your help - well not as good anyway! ;)

  4. Who'd have thought dragons could be so literary... I'm impressed!-)

  5. dragon soap operas?
    i thought you dragons were more sensible, especially since you have this amazing ability to improve the existing poetry

  6. I love the dragon soap opera, though I'm thinking maybe it should be called "fire opera" or something like that .... nice work as always, dragons.

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  8. A Dragon Soap Opera? I'd say this belongs on the PUFF channel. Amazing work...truly amazing

  9. Wow, the Dragons waxed poetic bigtime.

    I read of some Dragons that read and write
    After viewing their writing, I saw the light
    And no longer fear their breath of fire
    Instead find their prose sweet as music of Lyre

    Kudos you Delightful Dragons.

  10. My favorite line:
    You left us in tatters without stuffed animals or socks

    And, oh, I can't believe dragons have difficulty expressing emotion. Not even water dragons? Really?

    This was great fun!

  11. I thought the poem was very good, and I also enjoyed the story about the dragon soap opera.

    Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA