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Scarlet Portmanteau

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Scarlet Portmanteau

Duke Luke by his bateau
Arrived at his chateau,
Had he travelled through large eau!

His mysterious rendez-vous 
with Henry Thoreau
Yielded him a scarlet portmanteau.

Entering his bureau,
he took off his manteau
and opened the portmanteau:

The Snow Man was inside
And though not well could he sing,
Sang he a song of himself:

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening
He met Annabel Lee on a large shelf,
Frightened he was by the raven
And took the road not taken:

Crossed he the mending wall
And hearing the anecdote of the jar
To noble savage Billy Budd an honest fare he paid

Large and far
Travelled he
From spring to fall

Self-reliance: the idea he hath
The American Scholar guided his path;

He slept a long time
In a clean well-lighted place;

One winter he woke up
In a station of the metro:
He fastened his tender buttons
and found a red wheelbarrow;
'No ideas but in things' -
A lovely image this brings!

To his disappointment and sorrow,
He never saw the snows of Kilimanjaro.

Duke Luke in disbelief
Wiped his eyes
And pinched his ears;

The Snow Man disappeared.

Duke Luke
Took a look 
At his portmanteau
In hopes of seeing something

He found


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  1. Date: 1/5/2012 7:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in ~Debbie Guzzi's~ "Something Different" contest Lukasz. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 4:02:00 PM
    Congratulations on your winning entry Jon

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 3:33:00 PM
    OMG & LOL what else can I say! Congrad's Light & Love [OH stay away from the mind altering drugs!]

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 3:32:00 PM
    Congrats Lukasz, on this fine winner, interesting poem, enjoyed. harry

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 12:30:00 PM
    Lukasz, thanks for supporting my contest! Your poem was very enjoyable and entertaining for me to read. You definitely employed a strong, quirky, original voice throughout. I am not even sure about wot all of your intent was(obviously - I am not in your brain :D), but my own personal interpretations were fun to come up with; for instance, the possible double meaning of portmanteau. And I haven't seen an over-coat described as a manteau since....well, since my childhood. Congrats on 1st place!

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 12:05:00 PM
    Lukasz congrats on your win, happy holiday..David

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 11:54:00 AM
    Very nice poem! Congratulations on your big win in Chris' contest! Happy Holidays! Catie :)

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 11:29:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Chris' contest Lukasz. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 11:08:00 AM
    very enjoyable congratulations x

  1. Date: 12/9/2011 8:18:00 PM
    I enjoyed your poetry Lukasz, it is interesting and engaging, hugs,vie

  1. Date: 12/9/2011 10:44:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your writing with us today Lukasz. Love, Carol