Saturday, May 2, 2009

Raven's Challenge 61

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: translation, crunchy, cat’s paw, trunk, I love raspberry tarts, global warming, star struck, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, fragile, Spring fever
Mini Challenge: pancakes and syrup, flat tire, mongoose, this place looks like a bordello, first dance

We dragons decided to try to write a poem like a great poet. 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 Daffodils by William Wordsworth with an apology to Wordsworth.

The Daffodils
by William Wordsworth Raven

I wandered star struck as a cloud
That floats on high o'er fragile hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of crunchy daffodils;
Beside the trunk, beneath the trees,
The first dance in the breeze.

I love raspberry tarts that shine
With Spring fever on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the translation of a bay:
Global warming saw I at a glance,
Tossing pancakes and syrup in sprightly dance.

The mongoose beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A Poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but gave little thought
What the midnight ride of Paul Revere brought:

For oft, when on my flat tire I lie
In cat’s paw or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
This place looks like a bordello of daffodils.

Our ten word challenge;

Michael Trunk had come To Hollywood just another star struck college graduate but he had grown up and become the lead translator for odd foreign languages. Today it was his job to supervise the translation of “ The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” into Latvian.
But he had Spring Fever and really wanted to be at the “Cat’s Paw Bakery” where there was a two for one sale on raspberry tarts. “I love raspberry tarts”, he thought. ”They are so fragile and yet so crunchy. I wonder if as global warming continues will there still be raspberries ?”
Several years later A Latvian student asked his teacher why Paul Revere carried a bag of raspberry tarts away from the North Tower.


  1. LOL! Why did Paul Revere carry a tart? I am more interested in where he took her!

  2. Excellent as usual.

  3. Oh my Fandango the poem was absolutely pure genius - I love it! You truly amaze me! :)

  4. Very creative work, dragons. And you made me laugh with the last line of your 10-word. Thank you.

  5. If you can have a bordello of daffodils; can you have a bouquet of trollops? You dragons certainly have a different way of looking at things.

  6. Fandango I had to laugh at your story.

  7. I liked your poem, with its crunchy daffodils and dancing mongoose. I liked the ten word challenge story, too. It sounds like the translator really had his mind on those raspberry tarts. Perhaps, in the translation, Paul Revere now carries one bag if by land and two if by sea.

    Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA