Saturday, December 06, 2008

Raven's Challenge 42

Today's Link
A Haiku Poem Blog

Saying for the Day
I think the world really boils down to two types of people - those who see shapes in cloud formations, and those who just see clouds. ~Danzae Pace

Picture of the Day
Lori with Alex's Python

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: think the rain’ll hurt the rhubarb?, B Vitamins, credit card, jolly, angels, mouse, three ring circus, haiku, sponge, copper
Mini Challenge: compulsive, trunk, African violets, curiosity, UFO
This week's vanity wordzzle technology, moonbeam, cork, light switch, birdcage, geisha, museum, alert

The Fifteen Words in the Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012
Agent 012 was trying his level best to stay out of the bedroom with Cinnamon. Looking out the window at the heavy rain he turned and said to her “think the rain’ll hurt the rhubarb? “ Now this made no sense at all as it was long past rhubarb season and in any case he hated rhubarb . But Agent 012 was as they say in England jolly well desperate.
Cinnamon responded with an old haiku:
“AUTUMN RAIN
YOUR BODY
IN ME”
Agent 012’s panic increased. Still trying to stall he looked at the slightly withered African Violets planted in an open trunk by the window. “ Beautiful flowers “, he said. “ Did you plant them?”
Cinnamon frowned and said “ Move now! or I have to shoot you.”
Agent 012 trying to get his mind off of the situation he was in tried to think of the funniest image he could.
He envisioned a three ring circus and in the center ring a hovering UFO with angels descending from it. The angels were juggling either copper or sponge balls which they kept dropping on each other’s heads.
The image was so absurd that he began to laugh.
This really irritated Cinnamon who fired a shot into the ceiling . This completely wiped the image from his mind.
“ I can’t go to bed with you “ he blurted out “ I haven’t taken my B vitamins but I have my credit card and I can go and get some.”
“ Don’t worry lover. I have some pills that will fix you right up.” she said.“ You should have seen what they did for my last husband.”
This aroused his curiosity and he asked “ What pills are those?”
“To the bedroom and I’ll’ show you “, she said and being rather compulsive she fired another shot into the ceiling.
At this point Agent 012 almost shot her with his belt buckle gun. But he was supposed to be rescuing her and it wouldn’t look good on his record if he killed her. So he refrained.
Just at that moment his salvation arrived in the form of a little gray mouse that choose to run across Cinnamon’s foot. She screamed and threw her hands into the air. Agent 012 moved with all speed to grab the gun and soon had her back handcuffed to the rocking chair. There she would stay until the rain stopped and he got the car going.
Maybe this was his day.

All fifteen words in one sentence
Jolly old George, do you think the rain’ll hurt the rhubarb, Haiku set up the three ring circus for the mouse among the African Violets and the kids toy copper UFO in the belief that the compulsive curiosity of the angels of Sponge Trunk would cause their credit cards to be used for tickets instead of needed things like B vitamins.

The Ten Word Challenge
Thomas Raymond Sponge popped a handful of B Vitamins into his mouth as he got ready to write. Thomas as I’m sure you know won the New Poet’s Prize for his epic poem “think the rain’ll hurt the rhubarb”. A poem that had nothing to do with rain or rhubarb but was about a lowly copper credit card and it’s jolly adventure with a mouse.
But that was yesterday today he intended to write the greatest haiku ever.
He read with great care the sixty five rules for Haiku published by The Constanta Haiku Society.
He began:
Three ring circus
Angels
Sponge upon sponge

Rain upon Rhubarb
B Vitamins
Credit & Card

Checking the rules again. He decided these were perfect. He would enter them in the haiku contest.
Unfortunately the advertisement for the contest like the set of rules was out of date.


The Vanity Wordzzle
Running for her life the geisha entered the Greater Birdcage Museum . What she did not know was the moment she hit the light switch an alert would sound in the office of Moonbeam McSawain the museum guard.By the wonder of modern technology he would seal that part of the museum, just like putting a cork in a bottle. So all she had to do to be safe was turn on the light which sadly she never did.

technology, moonbeam, cork, light switch, birdcage, geisha, museum, alert
The Mini Challenge in News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
It is Saturday and time to look back on the week in Pigeon Falls.
Tuesday– Herman’s mother Mabel Hatlverson almost opened the trunk that has the things of Herman she has been saving. She is after all a compulsive saver. His Aluminum UFO is in there she is sure of that. But she really can’t remember what else. Now that her son is the town seer some of that stuff might be worth money in a few years. Her curiosity as to the trunk’s contents almost got to her but it looked so nice by the window with her prize African Violets on it that she just couldn’t open it.
Thursday– Willie , the town drunk, though sober for the last month swears he saw a UFO over the Maki Farm. It was shaped like a large trunk and the color of African violets. His compulsive curiosity took him out to the Maki farm and he saw the shadow. It scared him so badly that went right to the Happy Pigeon and had a drink. At least that’s why he says he’s drinking. Over and over he keeps telling somebody named Russel he is sorry.
Tommy UK has arranged to meet with Herman this afternoon. He decided to do it without Tammy so he wouldn’t be distracted. They need a solution and they need a solution quick.

Wrap Up
Whatever I have hit hard today. I had trouble breathing and just felt terrible. In addition this is my first opportunity to use the computer as my grand kids have been using it all day. I plan on visiting the other wordzzles when they leave tomorrow. Despite all of that it was a great day. My grand sons got the tree and decorations up from the basement. It is up and decorated. My son just about has the fireplace mantel installed. Everything planned for the day has taken place. In addition Pat and I played Betty and Alex in Canasta and we won. Now I really need a breathing treatment.
'GBYA
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19 Comments:

Blogger NESSA said...

First, I love your new header (new for me because I haven't been around.)

Second, I think you won all of the challenges.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Jeff B said...

I sat a starred at these words waiting for the inspiration that never came. Glad to see you were more fortunate in your endeavor.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

YAY! YAY! Agent 012 had some luck on HIS side today! Good thing MOUSE was in the word list! Maybe he'll get this situation squared away now...

I'm going to have to go read these 65 rules... I had NO idea there were so many...

Ohhhhhh nooooooo! A UFO??? So now Pigeon Falls has a rabbit, a whale, 3 dragons, a poltergeist, some ghosts, AND a UFO??? I think I might need a drink!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Herman needs Willy as a drinking buddy to help him with his visions.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Agent 012 succeeds, or so it seems. Maybe? Can you die from an overdose of Viagra?

Rich

8:37 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

About time Agent 012 got a break. Wonderful collection as always.

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Agent 012 Story A-1

9:25 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Agent 012 saved by a mouse!! LOL

I loved all of your efforts - great stuff!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Does this snake make me look fat?

THat's it....I am going on a diet!

11:39 AM  
Blogger butterflies said...

Lol Lori! it doesnt make yu look fat but Id rather die than touch a snake.
Dr John..those words are a blur to my poor brain at this time of the morning..maybe Ill check back when Ive drunk a pot of coffee:)

1:26 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

you obviously did some research on haiku ;)
however, i have bad news for raymond - his 'shopping lists' may be perfect for him but would never win him a contest ;)

i wonder if the next driblet (provided there are more) will be written in the form of haiku :)

1:27 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

alas Dr John,
I like to see shapes in cloud formations,
and sometimes I only see clouds.

I know every cloud has a silver lining, but I'm finding it hard to find under the present dark cloud

3:02 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

aside from that
Life is a Gas

it just seems to evaporate and float away into thin air.

3:03 PM  
Blogger bettygram said...

You did a great job on all the words.

4:57 PM  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

My goodness, I had no idea there were so many rules about writing haiku, and conflicting ones at that! I only knew #3, the one about 17 syllables in 3 lines split 5-7-5, plus I had a few other vague recollections that I simply cannot keep straight.

Try doing double dactyls if you want to have some real fun, I made up this one:

Higgledy Piggledy,
Franklin D. Roosevelt
became our President
in '32.

Four times elected, he
married his cousin, a
woman whose surname was
Roosevelt too.

5:58 PM  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Although to be truly a double dactyl, the period at the end of the first stanza would have to be a semi-colon because the whole thing is supposed to be a single sentence, and the sixth line should be a single word with six syllables.

I tried.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I didn't get to Wordzzle this week, but as always, your are great! If agent 012 lets that lady loose again, I'm going to think he really DOES like her!

7:56 PM  
Blogger gabrielle said...

Agent 012 dodges the blue pill. The mouse is adorable!!!

Amazing how much you were able to accomplish in the midst of all the seasonal conviviality! Kudos to you!!!

10:11 AM  
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