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Twenty-Nine In One Stroke!*

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Twenty-Nine In One Stroke!*

"He is brave and a warrior fine--
In a stroke, killed twenty-nine!"
Thus went word from town to town,
Only to come back around...
"A better man there be none,
Seekest thou a finer one?"

Crept-in a common sight of doubt:
Who's it they talk about...?

"'tis the Tailor from this land--
He hath the strength of Heracles' hand--
There he goes, tall and proud..."
Seeing whom, approached the crowd.

"Tell us, O Courageous one,
How didst that you have done?"
"Tell us, tell us!"cried the throng
Only to shroud his path along:
"I know not what 'tis ye talk,
I'm in a hurry, ye impede my walk.."

"Don't be humble, tell us about't",
Jumped up He, whilst all shout't;
"I will tell what you want to know,
About what, tell me though...!"
"Tell about your twenty-nine",
Sang all folk in a line:

"The Twenty-Nine",so he thought,"that I kill'd,
For me an éclat this has built..."
"I am glad I talk to you all,
Of this emprise--this caterwaul...
When on a fine, wintry morn,
I sat sewing pieces worn,
There came a lady selling jam",
He gazed,"I called--Ay, ma'am!--
Who, sensing a prospective buyer,
Told she had the best of Shire",
Again he stopped, all looked rapt:
"So I bought what I thought apt;
Now then, I stitch and stitch and sew,
There's buzzing-humming and the numbers grow",

He saw they'd still eager eyes:
"That's when I strike at the flies!
And behold--I kill 'em folk,
I kill Twenty-Nine in a stroke!!..."
*it is based on a story i once read as a child...though its plot was different, my poem just derives the 'tailor' and the initial 'killing spree' from the original story to combine with my own ideas..all comments appreciated...

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  1. Date: 11/3/2010 10:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest, Akash! ...Audrey

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 4:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 12:59:00 PM
    Perhaps that story was "Seven at One Blow"? I remember it well and you did a great job with this witty poem, Akash. Congratulations on you well-deserved win in Deb's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 5:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on tghis well deserved win in the contest, Akash

  1. Date: 10/29/2010 12:52:00 PM
    Thank you for posting your excellent poetry here at PoetrySoup so we all may read it Akash. May your weekend be one of much joy to you and may it bring inspiration to the end of your pen. Wishing you the best in any contestd you have entered or are going to enter this weekend. Love, Carol