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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Editor (05/27/10)

TITLE: There be Dragons Here
By Lyn Churchyard
06/03/10


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Hes tall and slinky, but dont be mistaken,
He has the charm of a large hungry kraken.
Your words hell devour, left right and center
And gerunds and gerundives will fly from his tower.

You split the infinitive, hell moan out loud.
And the tense of your MS is under a cloud.
You think splitting the infinitive is not as much fun,
As splitting the atom right under his seat.

He phones you at midnight, when your defenses are down
And you stutter and fumble and sound like a clown.
He declares Sally the yak, might run and leap,
but its beyond her power to drive the pink jeep.

Edward dies in a plane crash in chapter four,
But ten sees him blithely run through the door.
Oh how could you make such a huge mistake?
And you weep, sob and moan till daybreak.

Fear not, oh writer, the kraken announces,
And for one fearful moment he looks ready to pounce.
Im here to advise you, lend a hand and assist,
get rid of your faux pas, glitches and unsightly messes.

You need my help to see this through,
to make sure you show instead of just tell
For though you may think Im a heartless predator,
Im really and truly, your loving editor.


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Rachel Phelps06/09/10
Too cute! Great creativity.
Phee Paradise 06/09/10
I don't usually comment on poetry because I know so little about it. But this one is fun.
Gregory Kane06/09/10
That's one scary editor. Phoning up at midnight, eek.
Karlene Jacobsen 06/10/10
Lynne, I love it. Love it.
Sarah Elisabeth 06/10/10
lol! the ending was super cute...I could see the dragon soften up :-)
Colin Swann06/10/10
This blessed me - the fact I write only for pleasure and don't have to get involved with editors.

Good rhyme and so well written.
Joanna Stricker06/13/10
I enjoyed the humor, and agree with prior comments, scary editor...But I love the fact that the writer is taking the advice in stride, applying humor yet recognizing that the editor really does have their best interests at heart.
Susan Montaperto06/13/10
Scary editor indeed! Phoning at midnight as well. Lots of humor and it ends with Love and grace. Thank you. Keep writing.
Ruth Stromquist06/14/10
Especially liked the last line: for though you may think I'm a heartless predator, I'm really and truly your loving editor.