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Unsheath Your Sword

I share my house with two small boys, Who’ve wearied of construction toys and bicycles and felt-tip pens, And simply want to FIGHT LIKE MEN! And so, all though the living room, With shouts of “Fie! Await your doom!” “On guard, my lord!” and “Tally-ho!” The battle rages to and fro. “Unsheath your sword!” cries number one, “Disarm, foul wretch!” yells number two, “Stand down, or I will finish you!” And thrust and parry, through and through. The dress-up clothes fly left and right, Until a Power-Ninja-Knight emerges, snarling, poised to fight, “Behold!” he yells, “and fear my might!” Then snicker-snack! His vorpal blade streaks round the lovely home I’ve made, I scream, “Just leave your brother be!” But guard the telly bodily. “Unsheath your sword!” cries number one, “Disarm, foul wretch!” yells number two, “Stand down, or I will finish you!” And thrust and parry, through and through. Too much! It’s getting on my nerves, I hide the swords - but fresh reserves are roused - the bits of pipe, the sticks, The pistols made of lego bricks; The Dark Lord, who is nearly eight, exclaims “Accept your fate!” But wait... A mortal wound! A hurty thumb... The Dark Lord’s crying for his mum. “Unsheath your sword!” cries number one, “Disarm, foul wretch!” yells number two, “Stand down, or I will finish you!” And thrust and parry, through and through. And so, the Ninja claims his prize, “Bow down!” come his triumphant cries, The Dark Lord staggers, bruised and spent, And kneels, tear-stained and penitent, Meanwhile, I count at least a score of weapons strewn upon the floor, My house is not a home, it’s more the aftermath of Agincourt. “Unsheath your sword!” cries number one, “Disarm, foul wretch!” yells number two, “Stand down, or I will finish you!” And thrust and parry, through and through. 13 September 2018 For “Unsheath Your Sword!” Contest Sponsored by John Lawless

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Date: 9/24/2018 8:46:00 AM
I loved this! You've caught some of the essence of being a boy with a rare blend of humor, tolerance and wisdom-- congrats on your much deserved win, Nina
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 8:53:00 AM
Thank you L.J.! My verses are possibly a little more tolerant than actual me!! They are funny though, my boys. If only it wasn’t my home they were wrecking...!
Date: 9/23/2018 11:52:00 PM
Bravo, Nina. A delightful winner of a poem.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 12:31:00 AM
Thank you Line:)
Date: 9/23/2018 7:14:00 PM
Such an entertaining Rhymed story, Nina! I envisioned it all as I read your weary, but perfectly chosen words of frustration! Very clever and well-done, and congratulations on your wonderful win in the contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 12:30:00 AM
Thank you so much Sandra! Weary - you got it spot on there! :-)
Date: 9/23/2018 4:20:00 PM
Congratulations on you win, Nina, nice to have children around ...Eve
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 12:28:00 AM
Sometimes it is, Eve, sometimes... not!! Sometimes we don’t mind at all when they go to Granny’s :-)
Date: 9/23/2018 12:16:00 PM
Your endearing and enchanting poem is expressed in your excellently clever, rhythmic and creative style, Nina. Entertaining story-telling. Congratulations on your wonderful win. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 12:27:00 AM
Thank you so much Susan:)
Date: 9/23/2018 2:09:00 AM
Wonderfully witty and the rhythmic flow is amazing and in keeping with the hectic adventure enacted in your living room! I don't know you, Nina but I've a sneaky feeling that with your vivid imagination, a poem might have been lurking in the back of your mind even as the swords were flying!! Congratulations on the win.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 12:26:00 AM
It’s not so much a one-off as an everyday experience Wendy, so when I saw the contest prompt I knew exactly here I was going to go with it! Thank you for your kind comment:-)
Date: 9/22/2018 9:24:00 PM
Ingenious. Masterful storytelling and rhyme, Nina! Congrats on your placement in the contest. Best wishes, Gershon
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/24/2018 12:25:00 AM
Thank you Gershon :)
Date: 9/22/2018 1:05:00 PM
Absolutely great, so creative and funny, Nina! CONGRATS!! Janice
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/22/2018 3:04:00 PM
Thank you Janice!
Date: 9/22/2018 12:27:00 PM
Hey Nina, I once wound up in the ER after being vanquished by "Peter Pan". Love the write and the adventure. Thanks for entering the contest
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/22/2018 3:03:00 PM
Haha, I nearly got smacked with a small wooden dagger just now, and all the fixtures and fittings in my house are having therapy! Thank you John, glad you enjoyed it :-)
Date: 9/22/2018 12:03:00 PM
Truly spoken as anyone with boys knows. I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. Well done.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/22/2018 3:02:00 PM
Thank you Jesse!
Date: 9/19/2018 1:47:00 AM
Lovely
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/22/2018 3:02:00 PM
Thank you Charlene! :-)
Date: 9/18/2018 8:33:00 PM
G'day Nina … very entertaining indeed Nina - couldn't resist reading three times - Lindsay
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/19/2018 12:53:00 AM
Aw thank you Lindsay!
Date: 9/14/2018 3:37:00 AM
I love this SO MUCH! Too many awesome lines to list, but one of my favorites was, "A mortal wound! A hurty thumb.../ The Dark Lord’s crying for his mum"! Bwahaha! This is a hilarious masterpiece! Definitely adding to my FAV list...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/19/2018 12:53:00 AM
That’s so kind, thank you Rhona!
Date: 9/13/2018 4:23:00 PM
nina - you have absolutely outdone yourself with this poem! it is utterly perfect! just adorable, delightful and thoroughly charming! thanks for the read...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/13/2018 4:46:00 PM
You’re very welcome - thank you so much Ilene!
Date: 9/13/2018 4:12:00 PM
Really, REALLY well said and done! Everyone knows your quite a mum! Aloha! Rico
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/13/2018 4:43:00 PM
Aw thank you Rico, there’s no nicer thing you can say! I’m not by the way - I’m grumpy and disorganised and spend far too much time writing poetry! ;)
Date: 9/13/2018 3:47:00 PM
This was absolutely priceless Nina. So much fun to read and I could visualize the entire foray. Wow, fantastic. This should do well in the contest.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/13/2018 4:42:00 PM
Thank you very much Chris!
Date: 9/13/2018 3:20:00 PM
What a fun piece! Alas, I am an empty-nester. My house is a home but I look forward to the grandkids rough-housing when they come. Great job!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/13/2018 4:41:00 PM
Thank you Dean! Maybe when it comes to grandkids I’ll enjoy all this rather than rolling my tired eyes at it and thinking about the patching up and tidying up!