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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: The Pelican Grief
By Beth LaBuff
06/10/09


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Within an Eastern seaboard town—
A salt-air weathered hut
With large displays of seafood
Sold from Beaker’s Fish Market.

The pelican proprietor,
With his unique physique,
Would stock the shelves with seafood
Hauling fish within his beak.

Patrons in this seaboard town,
To satiate their hunger,
Bought, salmon, shrimp, and snapper
From their pelican fishmonger.

One day while fishing off the wharf,
To stock his shelves anew,
He ran into an albatross
And caught the fowl bird flu.

And with the flu, a fever rose
Then goose bumps, wheezing, chills.
The Doc’s advice, “Get bird-nest rest.”
He prescribed some vile swill.

Recovery time, though minimal,
The bird flu left him weak,
Affecting his ability
To haul fish in his beak.

So Beaker’s Market floundered,
A fiscal loss incurred.
His shop showed a resemblance to
Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.

The market’s shelves were empty.
The patrons wailed louder,
“No lobster, shrimp, or scallops,
And no clams for our chowder!”

His loss of strength, the empty shelves—
Two desperate situations.
He needed brawn to fill the shelves
With catfish and crustaceans.

On self-exam, his abs were mush.
Then he let out a wail.
Worst fears confirmed, for cellulite
Was dimpled on his tail.

With lunges, curls, and crunches—
A cardio work-out.
His glutes grew firm and sturdy,
His muscles, fit and stout.

Once more the shelves were loaded
With perch and halibut,
And business boomed just like before
At Beaker’s Fish Market.

New items added to his shelves,
Like chips and tartar sauce.
Soon came a line of airborne fowl—
Filet of albatross.



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Charla Diehl 06/11/09
This was a fun and light hearted read. Thanks, just what I needed to begin my day.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/11/09
What fun! What creativity! What delightful reading!
Donna Emery06/12/09
Great title! And an amusing read! I loved it
Pat Guy 06/12/09
Wow, there is so much talent in this presention of words. Crafted and sculpted to the reader's delight. Awesome!
Joanne Sher 06/13/09
Yup - knew it was yours. Masterful, as always. That last stanza, as always, took the cake (or perhaps the fish). You need to make a book of these!
Sharon Kane06/14/09
Very witty! I just fear what the Public Health guys will do to his kiosk when some well-meaning scientist publishes some research showing that bird flu can be caught from eating the meat of an infected specimen...!
Thanks for a good giggle.
Eliza Evans 06/15/09
You really do have an incredible gift. :D
What joy. What fun. What creativity through and through.

Just wonderful!
Lollie Hofer 06/16/09
Fun! Fun! Fun! This was a funny story written in a delightful form. It put a great big smile on my face, for sure.
Lisa Johnson 06/18/09
Absolutely loved the last line about "filet of albatross"!!! A cute, funny story that I enjoyed very much.
Thank you by the way for your kind words for my story.
Lisa
Genia Gilbert06/23/09
Just sent you a private e-mail, and forgot to tell you this: I love your poem! It is so fun and so well written.