The Name of the Game is Now "Hardball"
If you read my poem for W&Q 9, then you got to guess which six texts I "borrowed" in order to write my own bit of verse.
Go ahead and have one last crack at them before coming back and using your Secret Decoder Ring to read the answers below . . .
"There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" by Mother Goose ;-)
A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore
Oh! The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll
Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin
"The World is So Full of a Number of Things" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Today's poem has no clever tricks embedded in the text . . . or anything else very clever, I'm afraid.
My most creative tutee, Angel Delight, is studying analogies in English class and has written an entire portfolio of poems with the "____ is to ____ as ____ is to ____" structure--and I tried to do a little of the same when I saw her this week.
There's still something of that in the finished text, but not quite . . .
Question: Where were you last night?
Last month, on a mountain
Last week, down some well
Yesterday, a deep desert
Last night--can't you tell?
Last Sunday, in sunshine
Last Wednesday, in wet
Last Friday, fair weather
Last night: got it yet?
I'll spare you the slogans
Won't show you the way
If you just can't remember
Last night--go away!
Hmmmmm. Not the most encouraging ending to a poem, is it? =P My voices/personae aren't usually so sassy!
I wasn't very happy with this effort, but my Stats page has just told me that a certain participant has been checking my blog for this (backdated) post for the past twelve hours or so--and I don't want to keep everyone else waiting any longer while I get my genius on.
Oh, one last thing . . . I have decided to play hardball. I will not be hosting W&Q in April or in May. So unless you want to wait until June, you'd better start stepping up to host . . . especially if you have a late poem to make up for! ;-)