Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Scribblings #216: Dragon

Been a while since I played with the Sunday Scribblers. The prompt is dragons. The first five lines are Tolkien's, included in the prompt.

[still in]

it does not do to

leave a dragon out

of your calculations
if you live near


or her, we should

make it clear

perhaps even

the occasional gender-

bending sky

lizard, oozing

perennial, drift-

dreaming its

way through

crust and frame,

consider Freddie,

accountant he,

ever lost in calculations,

save the one

misstep that took him

skyward, skyclad

(most ignoble fate) -

panthers stalked him

nightly, but

this calling card came

bright as noon

kettle on stove

marmalade warming

toes still in

slippers that fell into

pond as he,


surveyed the kingdoms

beneath his feet.



Blogger Dee Martin said...

How could being skyclad ever be considered an ignoble fate? Those panthers will never catch him and even if they do, they will rue the day. Love the phrase drift-dreaming, it's a favorite hobby.

There is something so appealing about a logical, slide ruling, penny counting, ledger keeping being ending up soaring and eating warmed marmalade. I would let those slippers drop, knowing they would never be needed again - the only earth to be touched, a high cliff near the eagles nests where I would curl up and munch crunchy panther bones with a little ketchup.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Oh, this is fun. I loved the Tolkien quote. I think it's from the The Hobbit when they get close to Smaug's cave. And I loved you description of the guy being carried away by dragons.

10:21 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Well, Dee, dontcha know little Freddie weren't used to the dangling free of all, at least not at the moment of marmaladed ascension, but I'm sure by now, he be plenty happy - and plenty cool.

10:54 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

T: As soon as I read the prompt, it popped fast and furious. Fun to write, fun to see.

10:55 AM  
Blogger San said...

Funny. I just saw a hilarious slide show on Student papers which had hilarious answers and sometimes, even more hilarious comments by the teacher. I was impressed by the number of students who offered funny drawings to their teachers, in hopes such might "help," despite the student's total cluelessness regarding the "answer."

Your poem reminds me of this. The calculators want to soar sometimes. Even their teachers want to soar. Correction. Especially their teachers.

1:45 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

San: You must be one of the white butterflies that have just emerged from their cocoons down on my hiking trail. Always good to see you fly by.

Sometimes I HAVE to give extra credit for an awesomely clueless answer. Much prefer creative cluelessness to regurgitation.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

Great poem and fantastic images!

9:56 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Thank you, Carina.

5:42 AM  
Blogger J Cosmo Newbery said...

I had an awful feeling you were heading down the Mother-in-Law route for a moment there.

I like it.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Lilibeth said...

I think I see the picture of this rising young accountant losing his slippers into the lake and not regretting the flight, but I didn't know people warmed marmalade. It sounds good. I'll have to try it. I don't understand the part about "drift-dreaming its way through crust and frame" Is he breaking out of a picture?

6:51 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

JCN: I see where you might have gotten the initial shiver, but no, I was simply advocating for more diverse possibilities than JRRT's gender-biased language. Thanks for stopping by.

7:25 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Lilibeth: I can't exactly say that folks (or even Hobbits) do warm their marmalades: that just came out of me head: seems a right fair possibility, though. As for "crust and frame," as a collaborator/reader, you are free to paint this poem as Thee wish. My thought was simply the breaking out of the crustiness and limitations of a routinized life. That naked, slipperless, ascending CPA was definitely breaking out of all things known and unknown, crusty and uncrusty.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Devil Mood said...

Is it normal that I can only think about marmalade right now?
I think I'll be trying to find some next, hoping no lizard will appear or I fall into ponds.

11:49 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

DM: I think the lizard will let you down gently, particularly if you warm the marmalade.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Tammie Lee said...

these lines had me on the edge of my seat, wondering at his future:

this calling card came
bright as noon
kettle on stove
marmalade warming
toes still in

9:42 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

I think he was probably dropped onto the set of "Avatar." He's definitely on the mend. As Martha would say, "it was a good thing."

10:01 PM  

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