Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Words Count With Mama Zen: Sleepover Edition


As I (try) to type this, I am surrounded by fifth grade girls.  The house is filled with shrieks and giggles.  Music pounds and thumps like my monthly migraine.  And a question echos through the air on an endless loop until it is an itch and burn in my brain . . .




Help!  Please, put me out of my misery.  Take 43 words (or less) and tell me . . . what does the fox say?

17 comments:

Fireblossom said...

I have referenced a Russian folk tale I am particularly partial to: the Fox Confessor. However, I went a "tidge" over the limit. Mine is 59 words, but I couldn't find a way to shorten it without ruining the poem. So, if my entry offends thee, pluck it out.

Susan said...

I feel as though I've been waiting for this prompt--though not the 43-word version. (Where do these numbers come from?) I looked to Aesop's "The Fox and the Crow" and late night humor. Enjoy. I did.

Sumana Roy said...


A great prompt from Mama Zen and I had Aesop's 'The Fox and the Grapes' in mind....

Kerry O'Connor said...

My poem started at 55 words (nearly gave it to G-Man instead) but I took out my pruning shears. Don't know if it is a successful as the unedited version but screw it - it's 'a pome'.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, I had not heard this song before - it sounds like the kind of music my grandson composes and I love it! Great prompt, MZ!

Helen said...

Racka dacka, lacka sacka ... Certain you get my message! ... it has a great beat?

grapeling said...

then there's this version from SNL ~

Marian said...

totally absurd, heh.

humbird said...

Thanks for the song inspiration! Interesting legend behind the fox image...

Ella said...

My kids play this song! Oh, my...lol
I will be back to see what tale I can tell~ MZ hang in there it gets better than worse-they learn to drive!

Lolamouse said...

I don't know what the fox say, but lolamouse say "Enuff of that song!!!"

Susie Clevenger said...

I never heard the song before, but it is sort of weirdly catchy. I love the challenge even though I broke the rules by five words..:)

myheartslovesongs.com said...

i came in at 42 words and a much better song. {smile}

Susan said...

Hey, Grapeling! Thank you for the SNL version!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

I am the very *worst* of bloggers......but I do so love it here! I just had to come out of my....foxhole......for this one!

Have a creative day, everyone!
xox

~Mimi Foxmorton
Collage Pirate

Outlawyer said...

MZ - I found this very intriguing and have been working on a poem that I haven't had time to finish - and it may end up over the word count so will possibly try for 55 (or not.) Anyway, it is all an interesting idea --and I hope the sleepover got over well. K. Manicddaily

Mama Zen said...

I can't wait to read all of the entries. I had to take a mini blog break to, um, get older, but I'll be around soon!