Saturday, June 6, 2009

Raven's Impossible Words

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: swashbuckler, heads-up, dry martini, recovery, jungle gym, whiskers, bathing suit, spade, circular reasoning, abrasive
The Mini Challenge: butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, stagnation, chart, star crossed lovers, apricot brandy

We looked at the words for today and thought is there an American Poet who would touch such words and the only one we could think of was Lawrence Ferlinghetti . So here is our version of Lawrence Ferlinghetti meets Raven.

Not The World but her end!

The star crossed lovers drinking apricot brandy
On the jungle gym looking somewhat dandy
butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth
When her whiskers all went south
Skimpy bathing suit couldn’t save her
From the spade of the grave digger.
Chart the very sick patient’s stagnation
Looks like recovery not her station
A dry martini will never save her
However abrasive the stir
He’s a heads-up doctor you know
Real swashbuckler on the go
Circular reasoning that never bends
This is the way her world ends

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti Raven

Our ten word challenge -Poor Alice

Alice Dragon wondered what humans saw in dry martini’s as she tossed back a big glass of really stagnant pond water. She was still hurting from having flown into that abrasive human device they used to torture children called a jungle gym. Why they called it that she had no idea. It certainly didn’t come from the jungle and it looked like a plumber’s nightmare. They even put them near swimming pools and children ended up playing on them in bathing suits. No wonder there were so many scratches and bruises. Sometimes she thought that Quilly lady was right, adults did want to kill kids. “Of course that could be circular reasoning she had been accused of that on more than one occasion. She was sure of her own recovery from the encounter with the thing but the children just didn’t have her skin. The heads-up thing for her to do would be to tear the thing up , to protect the kids , of course, and not because it was in her flight path. Then she could ask Dr. John who was cutting off his whiskers if he would take a spade and fill in the hole. Better yet she would ask Betty. Dr. John was just not the swashbuckler type and would probably tell her to leave the neighbor’s jungle gym alone.


  1. I know that Lawrence Ferlinghetti Raven isn't writing qiku, but it stinks just the same. You dragons may eat him. (Just don't tell Dr. John.)

    And I think Alice dragon should destroy the jungle gym before it destroys another child.

  2. Love the poem.

    Dragons drink stagnant pond water??? I'll stick to the dry martinis! ;)

  3. I love the last lines of the jungle gym tale. Poor Alice. Nice take on Lawrence F.

  4. I thought the poem was done very well, and I liked the story, too. Alice Dragon may have a point about those jungle gyms.

    Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

  5. Very nice. Enjoyed the read

  6. are there olives in stangant ponds!?

  7. I think there are olives in dirty martinis... lol

    but I agree with the dragon, tear the jungle gyms down!

    Nice stories. :)

  8. I agree with the dragon on getting rid of the jungle gym, because I had many a skin knee.

  9. You fire breathers have lit up the internet with your poetry and story.

  10. Alice is one smart Dragon. I always thought jungle gyms were torture devices.