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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: Quest for the Gossamer Snail
By Beth LaBuff


Quest for the Gossamer Snail
by Meriwether — with Jay and Seattle
—uploaded utilizing solar power—

Day 1—Mission Accomplices

Welcome to my research blog,
We'll study realms together.
My interest is conchology,*
Friends call me Meriwether.

Companions on this pilgrimage,
A cameraman named Jay,
And Seattle for reconnaissance
Will guide our journey's way.

For years I've studied folklore 'bout
The ethereal Gossamer Snail,
Its fragile shell of lazuli
That moonlight fades to pale.

Off to the tropic rainforest
To seek and to assess.
Our quest—locate the Gossamer Snail,
Then tag with GPS.

These tags will grant to scientists
Specific information—
To ascertain its habits and
Its seasonal migration.

Day 2—A Snake in the Grease

Today we journeyed further on,
Like clockwork, ticked our team.
Seattle's navigational skills
Propelled us down a stream.

'Twas later on toward evening
While encamped upon a bank,
Seattle readied for our meal
Then pulled a harmless prank.

Our campfire blazed with savory smells
From frying up a steak,
Into the hot-greased frying pan
He flung a plastic snake.

Well, Jay leapt back in panicked fear,
Erupting with a shriek.
A shame—his camera wasn't on,
He tumbled in the creek.

Day 3 – Embarking up the Wrong Tree

Today our hopes were realized,
We'd reached our destination.
And soon we'd sight the Gossamer Snail,
'Twas cause for celebration.

And in my mind I saw the press
And I could taste the glory,
As every major newspaper
Would headline-news our story.

We climbed an oak to view the snails
While Jay filmed from below,
But those we found weren't Gossamer—
Nor fit for escargot.

The only snails up in that tree
Had shells a dingy gray,
And thicker than an old hounds tooth—
It pulverized our day.

Then bad to worse, we'd need to charge
Our solar batteries,
But that posed a dilemma 'cause
No sunlight breached the trees.

Day 4—At a Snail's Place

Eureka! Triumph! We prevailed.
The thing we sought, 'twas found.
It wasn't clinging to a tree,
But inching 'cross ground.

Then Jay filmed the discovery,
And as the camera panned,
Seattle gently held the snail
Within his calloused hand.

For every folklore tale was true
About the Gossamer Snail.
The shell was colored lazuli,
'Twas paper-thin and frail.

Seattle appeared hypnotized
Awaiting lunar light.
Fatigue set in for Jay and I,
We turned in for the night.

Day 5 — Up a Creek Without Seattle

At morning's light, there dawned on us
These two discoveries—
One, Vanished—Seattle and the snail,
Two, Drained—our batteries.

What mischief played the moonlight
With our guide and with the snail?
And can the cameraman and I
Retrace our aqua trail?

Oh woe! — We are befuddled with
No guide to lead the way.
Our batteries are flashing red,
Oh heaven, help our day!

(The blog ends abruptly with the Day 5 entry.)

*conchology—the branch of zoology that deals with the study of mollusks and shells

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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/03/11
This is so creative, not to mention hilarious. I love the punny headlines for each day and the absolute delight of your word placement/ I'm impressed by "Seattle's navigational," to name one of my favorite favorite blends in this wonderful poem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/05/11
This was very creative and quite interesting. I liked the mystery of it ending abruptly.

My only complaint is a little one- it should be for Jay and me, not Jay and I. :)

You have a great deal of talent.
Noel Mitaxa 11/07/11
This is wonderful for its humour and clever rhyming and rhythm. And each sub-heading stanz as a witty intro of its own. Loved it.
C D Swanson 11/09/11
Highly amusing and fully entertaining. Nothing short of brilliant. I loved it!
God Bless you~
Kristine Baker11/14/11
Very nice job on this entry. I love when people make puns, they always make me giggle.
Eliza Evans 11/17/11
You are AMAZING!! This is pure, delicious delight, Beth. So creative. Just beautiful in the funnest way. Hilarious headings as well.