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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Day's End (01/01/14)

TITLE: Hero Dreams
By Beth LaBuff


She hunkered in her writing chair, her quill poised over parchment bare,
Her thoughts adrift to regions where the faint-of-heart need say a prayer.

“The Skizzle blossoms, bathed in dusk,
Released their fragrance to the dark
As through the murk rode Shatavay
Upon the gallant Wallanark.

Two notches—fresh, adorned his glowl—
A yammox tale of victory.
He’d freed the Princess Penadrill
From Chevesic and Chershowee.

Three cheers arose from kingdom Yoffs—
‘Thoxim! Thoxim! Thoxory!’
As Shatavay retold the tale
Of Penadrill’s captivity—

‘I downed the glothsome Chevesic
And snatched the princess from its jaw.
I bound its wing with naperone.
My thigh was lanced by creature’s claw.’

‘Then Princess Penadrill waxed still,
A shriek bemiddled from her throat
As from the woods came Chershowee,
Its fang launched for my jath-skin coat.—’

‘It spied the morg-tied Chevesic.
Its gorb took on a ghastly pale.
While blood truzzed from my wounded thigh,
I mofoblitzed its wartel tail’.”

At end of day, her quill aside, the ink on parchment—almost dried,
When head and pillow did collide, her hero dreams, no more denied—

—The Skizzle blossoms, bathed in dusk
Released their fragrance to the dark
As through the murk rode Shatavay
Upon the gallant Wallanark.

—with frumious apologies to Lewis Carroll and the burbling Jabberwocky—

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Verna Cole Mitchell 01/09/14
I liked "Jabberwocky," but I like this even more. Move over, Lewis Carroll, you've been bested! Purely delightful poetry to read aloud again and again.
Virgil Youngblood 01/09/14
Jan Ackerson 01/10/14
I’d love to have your input into the free writing lessons available on the FaithWriters forums. This week’s lesson is on writing devotionals, and next week will cover writing on topic for the weekly challenge. Look for it at http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67, or if you’re on Facebook, you can “like” Faithwriters Writing Lessons.
Margaret Kearley 01/10/14
How do you do that?!! Your talent, as always, is truly amazing. Loved this, even where I could not undestand!! Am still smiling at some of those lines!
C D Swanson 01/11/14
Smiling, and as always, a brilliant piece of work crafted here. Well done.

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith01/12/14
What a delightfully inventive and mesmerizing piece, albeit confusing at times. I am learning an addendum to my vocabulary that seventy years have never taught me . . .
Virginia Lee Bliss 01/12/14
Oh this is wonderful!
Danielle King 01/13/14
Your talented tale leaves me speechless. Mostly I didn't understand the words, but somehow I got the gist of the poem. How do you do that? Skilled writing, methinks!
Jody Day 01/13/14
Stunning! Well, done.

“The Skizzle blossoms, bathed in dusk,
Released their fragrance to the dark
As through the murk rode Shatavay
Upon the gallant Wallanark.

Just the kind of words I love to read aloud over and over. My, my, but I love this:)
Sheldon Bass 01/13/14
Excellent and masterful.
Linda Goergen01/15/14
This was just a pure delight to read—masterfully done!
Graham Insley01/16/14
It amazes me that I enjoy something so much when I don't understand a word of it.

Masterful and blessings, Graham.
C D Swanson 01/16/14

God bless~
Charla Diehl 01/16/14
Beth, congrats on your EC placement with this ever so inventive entry. I'm not really familiar with what Jabberwocky is, but it must be a fun book. Your poetic imagination never ceases to amaze and delight.
Yvonne Blake 01/16/14
Love this!
(It made perfect sense to me.)
Judith Gayle Smith01/16/14
I so love this!

Thank you for your heart and congratulations!
Hugs in, through and because of Him. Judi
Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV
Margaret Kearley 01/17/14
Hooray! - am so glad this placed and many congrats Beth. Just superb - and so clever! I wish I could comment in 'Jabberwockian' but its far beyond me!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/17/14
Congratulations, Beth, on your EC for this wonderfully creative poem. I'm proud of you!
Elizabeth Baize01/18/14
Congratulations, Beth!! This is fantastically creative!
ian adams02/05/14
I love this
God bless you