Tuesday, September 5, 2017

set to face the firing squad at dawn

                                                                                        Attribution: Maksym Kozlenko
Image: Jailhouse Accommodation Hostel (here)

the given words:
firing squad dawn dungeon starlight sibling rivalry goldfish
rock opera (that had elements of storytelling in the tradition of opera)
dealings compose clamor smelter raspberry jam toast

set to face the firing squad at dawn
on the morrow, the dark night seemed
saddened at harboring a condemned
soul in a dungeon far below

as a consolation, though moonless,
it was blessed with the starlight's
brilliance over the snow crystals that
glistened in the shadows

the vanquished in a sibling rivalry
now reduced to a goldfish in a bowl
awaiting justice

it would fit a rock opera of how their
dealings went asunder even though
composed of near perfect awards of ideas

to clamor for an answer was futile even
after having to smelter the arguments
into acceptable justifications

he was content with just a simple raspberry
jam toast as the last meal

MLMM's Wordle #170
Marian's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform


  1. Won't take long for that goldfish to experience justice. Sadly enough.

  2. How well you set the scene and used all the word in your sad piece.

  3. Clock is sure a ticking away for that goldfish

  4. Awesome story telling art presented here

    Happy Tuesday Hank

    much love...

  5. I like the simplicity of jam toast for a final meal.

  6. I cannot even understand the concept of being shot at dawn (or at any time of the day)... justice is blind.

  7. An amazing story has emerged from the words!

  8. I like the narrative, another enjoyable poem.

  9. The snow crystals add a chilling note

  10. "firing squad = goldfish" - Yet Hank pulled it off. (and brilliantly)

  11. Very sad but then, law is law and justice is justice. he was content with just a simple raspberry jam toast as the last meal. This last line is heartbreaking. I hope he took a long time to eat and enjoy it.

  12. Wow, what a moving story you crafted from the words.

  13. A well done filet for me ... either way your paint a lonely, although accepting character of his fate...

  14. My apologies for not stopping in sooner and saying thank you for playing the wordle :)

    You've done a marvelous job with it - used so many of the words in an effective way, to tell a story, and yet leave just enough to the imagination. Fantastic ending - very powerful and poignant.