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To Hunt the Bugaboo

With the morning crisp and frosty and the Earth yearning for autumn's heat. Darkness gave way to a fractured dawn as the Sun rose in the East. The forest became warm and fervent while dappled grass lay beneath his feet. The Hunter gazed upon the forest to see old Walden's pond. And positioned at the water's edge, he looked to the sky beyond. Where he hoped to shoot a flock of Ducks before they could respond. When overhead he saw a Duck who landed near the shore. The Hunter knew to bide his time as he hoped for many more. The Duck would be his decoy which had worked the day before. The Duck swam lazily around the pond but something was not right And heard a rustle in the grass and thought it might take flight. When it saw a cap the Hunter wore which was orange and far too bright. The Duck went through its options and considered a different deed. And swam towards the Hunter who was hiding in some reeds. 'Come out and show yourself,' the Duck in voice decreed. 'What is your plan?' the Duck implored while the Hunter rose in shock. 'To bide my time,' the Hunter said. 'While waiting for your flock.' 'If that's the case,' the Duck replied. 'We should have a talk.' 'I'm loath to tell you of a Beast who lives and hunts beyond the rise. And though his howl is quite submissive, it masks a fearsome size. And no man has lived to tell the tale, which should come as no surprise.' 'Tell me about this Creature?' The Hunter said in haste. 'For if the Beast lives and breathes, there is no time to waste. For I vow before the night is through... it will be salted to my taste.' 'So if you think you're the man to slay this dreadful Beast. Not taken to fear and panic where your valor will decrease. I will take you to that place where the Bugaboo does feast.' The Hunter now had a great desire to travel and pursue. Where no effort would seem too great for the chance to slay the Bugaboo. And gather fame and fortune before the day is through. The Hunter followed close behind while the Duck would lead the way. In hopes to bag a Bugaboo before the end of day. His only thought was to its size and what the Beast would weigh? They traveled far into the forest where the Hunter had not been. With plants and trees of monstrous size with all different shades of green. They walked and tramped throughout the day but no Bugaboo was seen. 'Are you sure you know the way?' Said the Hunter to the Duck. 'I will admit,' the Duck replied. 'It takes a bit of luck. But I think we're close to its feeding grounds where Bugaboos run amok.' The Duck now spoke in whispered tones, 'Let me check your gun and sight. You will have but a single chance before the Beast takes flight. And if you miss, the time is late, he will eat us in the night.' The Duck froze in its tracks, its body wrought with fear. It turned slowly towards the Hunter, 'The Bugaboo is near.' But all the Hunter could see was a small white tailed Deer. 'Behind the Deer, the Bugaboo stands,' said the frightened Duck. 'You will kill the Beast if you fire now at the grazing Buck. So please be quick or our lives are lost if the Creature is not struck.' The Hunter fires and the gun explodes to make a ghastly sound. For the Duck had plugged the barrel with some stones that it had found. The Duck now turned to see the Man who lay dead upon the ground. It was not proud of the deed but thought it had been right. To protect its friends and family from the wrath of the Hunter's might. But now the Duck must hurry off as Bugaboos feast at night. The End *Follow my cartoon at Webtoon Bob's Your uncle.

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Date: 5/29/2019 5:27:00 PM
Fell for this one. A fisherman could not have reeled me in any better. Keep on casting your net. Regards David in NZ
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Date: 5/26/2019 11:22:00 AM
David, I never saw thi one..marvelous Panagiota
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Date: 5/10/2019 8:04:00 PM
A great story! Congrats on POTD! In my mom's house it was the "rag man"
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Date: 5/9/2019 4:23:00 PM
The Bugaboo is a scary creature somewhat similar to the boogeman. Also a mountain range and a park in British Columbia. Plus. I just like the name. My grandmother used to use it in stories when I was young. Have a great day my friend.
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Date: 5/9/2019 1:59:00 PM
Hello David, okay..... What is Bugaboo? Did you make it up? i enjoyed this poem. have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 5/6/2019 8:26:00 AM
A very fun tale. Thank you for sharing and Congratulations on POTD recognition.
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David McHattie
Date: 5/6/2019 11:08:00 AM
Thanks Dean. I do love to spin a tale. Have a great day.
Date: 5/5/2019 12:24:00 PM
You have a great way of telling a story.. congrats on POTD..
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David McHattie
Date: 5/6/2019 11:07:00 AM
Thanks O Silent one. I was pleasantly surprised.
Date: 5/5/2019 4:48:00 AM
David, congratulations on POTD with your dark tale, I really like the ending, very well done!
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David McHattie
Date: 5/5/2019 10:16:00 AM
Thanks Tania. I was very surprised considering all the other great poetry on the Soup. Have a great day.
Date: 5/5/2019 4:03:00 AM
You see David! Long poems do work! It shows your knowledge of the English language and you are a poet first class. Your use of imagery, etc is outstanding. You know I loathe code writing. Our Language if far too beautiful. So proud of you. WOW Panagiota
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David McHattie
Date: 5/5/2019 10:13:00 AM
Thank you once again for your support my friend. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 10:39:00 PM
keep your pens filled with ink. drive on..
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 10:48:00 PM
Will do my best. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 5/4/2019 2:35:00 PM
David - wow - I thought my poems were long - this is a beauty - congratulations on being bestowed with the honour of POTD - Love your poem, absolutely mesmerized! Hugs, Jennifer
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 2:50:00 PM
Thank you Jennifer. Have you ever read Lewis Carroll or Edward Lear? Now there are some long poems. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 2:34:00 PM
What a whimical poem. I've never read a tale so smart. Its really good.Congrats on your POTW.
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 2:47:00 PM
Thank you for the kind words. Stay well.
Date: 5/4/2019 2:15:00 PM
You are amazing at creating the moment. Smart Duck!!! I am sure he captures all the Hunters this way!! :) Your thoughts bring a smile. Watch Out for that Bugaboo!!! Congratulations David, on Poem of the Day!! ~ Brandy
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 2:46:00 PM
Thanks Brandy. Sometimes I fear there is a bugaboo around every corner just waiting for me. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 11:25:00 AM
I love it! I love it! Challenging reading, but worth it! A fav! Congratulations!
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:49:00 AM
My wife complains my poems are too long. But what can you do? The story takes you where the story takes you. Stay frosty my friend.
Date: 5/4/2019 9:28:00 AM
What a great story! I was spellbound! Congratulations on POTD honors!
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:47:00 AM
Than you very much. I'm happy you enjoyed it. As you know, you write this stuff and think no one will care. But they do. It's a wonderful feeling. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
David, congrats on POTD with this awesome story writing ~
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:46:00 AM
Thanks Dear Heart. I do love to spin a tale. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 8:56:00 AM
I absolutely love this finely crafted tale and especially so its great ending. Gives one pause to consider life is precious regardless of its carrier...Of course true as well, even a Bugaboo has to eat too.. A fav... a true delight my friend..
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:45:00 AM
Thanks. As a rule, hunting never ends well for the Duck. I just wanted to even the odds, Stay frosty my friend.
Date: 5/4/2019 8:38:00 AM
- A great story - Congratulations on your p.o.t.d., David :) - Anne-Lise :)
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:43:00 AM
Thank you. This is quite an honor for a humble poet. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 7:52:00 AM
You are quite the story-teller! David...Epic in proportions...I ran out of popcorn...Congrats!!! on your POTD!!!...and a Bugaboo to you lol...happy story endings...^WW^...{*J*}
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:41:00 AM
Thanks O Great Winged Warrior. My Grandmother used to tell us the Bugaboo would get us if we didn't fall a sleep as quickly as possible. Stay frosty my friend.
Date: 5/4/2019 7:45:00 AM
Duck 1, hunter 0 ;) Awesome! Ridiculously fun write David, congratulations on POTD! xomo
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:38:00 AM
Thanks Maureen. Like most people who write poetry, I am always amazed at the possibility a blank piece of paper can hold. Have a great day.
Date: 5/4/2019 3:04:00 AM
What a clever duck lol Enjoyed your verse David. Congratulations on POTD. Tom
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:32:00 AM
Thanks Tom. Up until Gershon mentioned it, I never new it was a thing. I'm honored. Have a great day.
Date: 5/3/2019 2:21:00 PM
David, another sparkling gem of a story. Another FAVE. Should be/have been POTD, as should have been 'The Pig and the Horse.' Judges have lost their bearings. Get thee an agent and get these published, while the 'gettin's good!' Bravo! ` gw
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 5/6/2019 2:25:00 PM
David, I guarantee you that I have absolutely ZERO pull around here. In fact, I would put my pull in the negative numbers. For sure. I simply write what my heart sees. And this great narrative was richly deserving of POTD. (I will say that I totally trust my instincts, however.). Congrats, my friend. ~ gw
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:31:00 AM
Gershon. You seem to have some pull around here. Nice call. Stay frosty my friend.
Date: 5/3/2019 1:52:00 PM
Ooh, that duck got even for every animal that was ever killed by a hunter. Clever duck.
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:29:00 AM
To be a true sport, the animals and birds should have guns too. This was my way of just making the game more fair. Stay well.
Date: 5/3/2019 6:20:00 AM
Wow that was some story. You had me riveted from start to finish. Very creative poetry dear poet. I hope you have more of these. Thank you for sharing, and thanks for reading my poetry. Nice to meet you. Have a great day.
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:25:00 AM
I hope to be here for a very long time. Thank you for the kind words. I'm a fan of yours. Have a great day.
Date: 5/3/2019 3:33:00 AM
Man...You write well...Lovely style
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David McHattie
Date: 5/4/2019 11:23:00 AM
Thanks Arturo. I'm a Lewis Carroll clone. Have a great day.
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