Saturday, August 8, 2009

Raven's Challenge 75

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: reluctant, sacrilege, territory, humiliating, master of ceremonies, gesture, dirty deed, crumbling, thaw, token
For the mini challenge: official portrait, personal bank account, shoulder bone, unbearable, widow

A Mega Challenge
The Circus Man

Once above them he had flown
Till he broke his shoulder bone.
Humiliating was that fall
A dirty deed to end them all
Widow to be cut the rope
He had been such a dope
Now Master of Ceremonies tall
Joined by the clown so small
Gestured with his token rod
In the circus he was God
His official portrait made back when
The little circus toured Berlin
Unbearable to look at now
Still he took his usual bow
Crumbling round him was the tent
In personal bank account made a dent
Sacrilege his life became
Into it came still more rain.
The economy would have to thaw
Or from this territory he’d withdraw
Reluctant still he went on
Hoping for a bright new dawn.

The Ten Word Challenge

According to the Grand Master Dragon who is also the master of ceremonies for the big talent show, the crumbling Dragon Temple has been desecrated. Somebody has stolen the eternal flame token of the dragons eternal existence. He is reluctant to accuse anyone of committing this humiliating sacrilege but the Temple is located in the same territory as the High Temple of the Salamanders. He sincerely hopes that Phrog and company were not involved in this dirty deed as relationships between the two groups had begun to thaw in the light of recent gestures by both camps. He hopes it was a deranged polar bear upset by Global Warming and incorrectly believing the dragons responsible. Such a bear had been noticed in the area. A full scale investigation has begun.


  1. Great Fandango. A deranged polar bear. I'd head for the high country with that on the loose. I hope the circus man gets his bright new day :) As usual, the words are great :) I

  2. Wonderful as always. I can assure you that Phrog had nothing to do with it. Mnnmmm deranged polar bears...they are nasty you know. Investigations will have to commence.

  3. Dragons do live interesting lives. Hope they catch the deranged polar bear, though I hope no harm comes to it as it is an endangered species. I am thrilled that Phrog and the dragons have made peace. Sad story of the Circus man.

  4. Not the eternal flame? Oh no! I'd check the back lot of the circus . . . delightful as usual!

  5. Wonderful poem this week Dragons. You're certainly deep thinkers. Is it really a circus or just a metaphor for life?

  6. I hope that hopeful "widow-to-be" is now an ex-wife! If she wouldn't upset your stomach (and human/dragon relations) I'd suggest that you eat her.

    I vote for the deranged polar bear. Phrogs don't like fire.

  7. Good poem, but sad.
    I can understand if polar bears and dragons don't get along very well.

  8. I liked your poem and story. It's too bad the circus performer's life has been so rocky. It's probably cheaper to go to the circus than to ball games, so maybe that will help bring more people in. Regarding the polar bear who might have stolen the eternal flame, perhaps there was just a misunderstanding. Maybe the polar bear only wanted to borrow the flame to use for a barbecue, and thought the dragons wouldn't mind because they can make flame anytime they want. Of course, I could be wrong.

    Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

  9. Circus of life and dragons in it...