Sunday, April 16, 2017

1008 - And chortled as they went

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: 

jabber, knowingly, lasting.

I didn’t plan a continuation of the Lewis Carroll theme 
but the ‘jabber’ took me there.

And chortled as they went.

The Jabberwock was known to wock
But was rarely known to jabber.
She’d frolic in the fields and woods
For flowers, which she’d gather.
Until some uppish, beamish brat
Took up his sword to stab her.

The press back then, as do now,
Knowingly spun a tale
Of how this kind and loving beast
Was something to impale.
They taught us we should be afraid
And fear, they knew, means sale.

Repetition, even of a lie,
Makes a lasting impression.
“Beware the Jabberwock!” the headlines said
And left no room for guessin’.
The judge and jury of the press
Then staged the death procession.

Back home, within her Wocky croft,
Her kids awaited dinner.
Time went by and she didn’t come
And the kids were getting thinner.
From far away, came “Callou, Callay!”
As the crowds cheered on the winner.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2017

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  1. Sigh.
    Ugly truth.
    As an aside, I had always thought of Jabberwocky as male. I like having my thinking turned around.

  2. The power of the press! Just how gullible the readers must be!

  3. Oh, a sad story for the jabberwock or any beast. And excellently told.

  4. I know that beamish brat.Off with his head.Good continuation of the Lewis Carroll style. Must skedaddle back to my wocky croft to see a man about a rabbit !

  5. Fear diminishes all of us. And you are right, someone must shake a fist at all of them,


  6. readers, even the educated ones are the 'bewildered herd', at least in my that happens what should happen...

  7. What a delightful spin on the Jabberwock (whom I always thought was male as well). Clever depiction of modern media. Applause from my corner!

  8. Creative twist. Definitely a current tale.

  9. Impressive rhyming in this entertaining piece. I love It!

  10. I did a take on the Jabber as well. Enjoyed.

  11. I love the rhyming in this, the story, the jabs at the media. Very entertaining and true.

  12. This is so clever - your rhyming: stunningly masterful - and your social commentary: impactful.

  13. Congratulations on merging the Carroll style with your own in weaving this tale

  14. I agree, this is masterfully done!

  15. Even beasts have feelings. Loved the metaphor here

  16. Sad, sad, and how you draw us in with the humor of Carrollian language! We are ashamed, I hope.

  17. The sad message is there regarding not only creatures but the differences in humankind. Little wonder other creatures from out their in space haven't ventured here and met up with us as we are just not worth it.


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