ROUND TWO: 6-carafe vs. 3-renegade

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6-carafe what does it mean?
THE THING
By Suzy Levinson

The Thing that lurched into my pod was tall,
with stringy bits on top, no scales at all.

It told me that it hailed from Planet Erd–
“Yoo-Knighted Staze” is what I think I heard?

We split a fine carafe of Zog, we laughed,
and then I healed its wounds and fixed its craft.

And so the Thing flew off into the sky…
“Bazoink,” I cried, for that’s how friends say “bye.”

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3-renegade what does it mean?
The Short Cut – An Aesop Fable
By RJ Clarken

Poor Terry the Tortoise was not quite in vogue.
His curls were all chaos; his coif had gone rogue.
And nothing could help him: not even pomade.
His hair, in a word? Simply this: renegade.
So, Terry decided to snip off each tress
which slowed down his lifestyle. Buh-bye, tangled mess!
Now, bald as a cue ball, he keeps up the pace.
The tortoise had won, and the hair lost the race.

 


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  • http://tanitasdavis.com Tee

    Oh, well done to both – excellent uses of the chosen words!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you so much!

  • Ryan

    Wow to both of you. I love the idea behind Suzy’s poem. The meter in RJ’s might give it some more universal appeal, but they are both executed extremely well. Not to sound cliche, but I do wish I could vote for both here.

    • RJ Clarken

      Me too! And thanks!

  • http://phillipvanwagoner.com Phillip Van Wagoner

    Both great poems! Suzy, how is Zog? Is that a seasonal beverage? RJ, I didn’t read your title at first and got an extra laugh at the end. Well done!

    • http://www.suzylevinson.com/ Suzy Levinson

      I’ve never tried Zog myself (I don’t travel outside this galaxy much). But I bet it’s great!

      • RJ Clarken

        Is it flavored with Moonberries? Curious minds want to know, just in case we do a bit of space travel… :D

        • http://www.suzylevinson.com/ Suzy Levinson

          I’ll consult with NASA and let you know. ;)

          • RJ Clarken

            LOL

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you so much!

  • Jackie

    Brilliant – both of them and RJ yours made me gawfaw out loud – nearly spat out my coffee. Suzy I love the thought that we are aliens to other aliens – it’s all about point of view. Very good.

    • http://www.suzylevinson.com/ Suzy Levinson

      thanks!!!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you!!!

  • Randi

    Both of these are very clever poems! I love Suzy’s alien perspective poem…so cute! R.J.’s punny twist on this classic fable is a hoot, especially the brilliant punchline. Splediforous job, both of you!

    • http://www.suzylevinson.com/ Suzy Levinson

      thanks!!!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thank you so much!

      • Randi

        No way! Very unusual to come across another female Randi. I’m happy to meet you, RJ!

  • Damon Dean

    Okay RJ…LOLLL (laugh out loud last line). A chuckle always validates a poem.
    And Suzi I am such a sucker for sci-fi fun. This made me grin!

    • RJ Clarken

      Thanks!!!

  • RJ Clarken

    Suzy – your alien world totally rocks. I really loved your poem (and am still wondering about Zog!) Thanks for sharing a bracket with me – it was fun!

    • http://www.suzylevinson.com/ Suzy Levinson

      Thanks, RJ! You crushed me fair and square with your perfectly hilarious poem! Good game!

      • RJ Clarken

        Indeed it was! Please count me as one of your new-found fans now!