Sudden Death Poetry Challenge, “at” words.

Centralia, Missouri
February 13, 2016 8:39am CST
Here is this weekend’s Sudden Death poem challenge! I almost didn’t do one this week, back is still having spasms, and I ended up going ahead and heading into work. Still, ya’ll love it, and I love reading them. So here it is. Same rules. Use all 5 words in any tense/variation/plurality. Try to write your poem (any kind of poem) in one sitting or in under an hour, this is to help quash your inner editor and promote spontaneity. Either post up a link to your version, or post it here, so we can support each other. This week’s words are: hat, cat, bat, gnat, splat. Mine below is a tribute to every parent out there whose kid’s want one more book at bedtime, but then can’t decide which book….and to my dad who hated short kid’s books so much that he read me The Hobbit when I was still young enough to be sleeping in a crib. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No Cat in the Hat No Hello Bumblebee Bat The books that I see Number to three No bears in a house No cookies for a mouse The books which I see Number to three No Pat the Gnat, Nothing named Splat The books which you see Number to three. So pick one please now how about Messy the Cow First of the books you see That number to three. Or what about this one It's called Hello Sun Next of the books here see That Number to three. Last but not least, The Hobbit with beasts The first of those books you see, And last of our three. Pick for me now, I really don't care how. If you don't you see, I will pick from the three.
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@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Feb 16
I'm glad you were able to go to work today. Don't do anything to hurt it again. Great poem. My choice - The Hobbit.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
Right? Always better than a see jane run level book.
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@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt I agree. Anything is better than those books.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
@just4him There are a few I didn't mind, even as a babysitter reading to kids, but some, some are just awful. Kid's aren't dumb, we don't need to dumb everything down!
@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
13 Feb 16
The bat looked at the cat, Wondering when it will turn the gnat into a splat. The gnat looked at the bat, Wondering when it will be made into a hat.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
a bat hat, hmm, got a mental image of a hat with wings. lol loved it!
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@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
13 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt lol.. or a baseball bat with a hat.. xD
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@TheHorse (65851)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Feb 16
As Arnold says, I'll be back.
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@sallypup (27116)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Feb 16
This February wind a baseball bat aside the head I urge the cat inwards hurry or else there'll be a rain splat aside your furry black as a bat behind. Swatting aside his gnat sized meow we scurry behind window and door the gales on their own to do as they will.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
my favorite line is the last one, "the gales on their own to do as they will." sounds very much like life. lovely piece!
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@sallypup (27116)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt You've been a fine muse for me. Thanks.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
@sallypup lol, naw, I am just She Who Challenges
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• United States
13 Feb 16
I will have to think abut it - I'm a little busy with the z site today.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
I should be, I got lazy with them. Was going to write one a day, and so far have done....3.
• United States
15 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt I've done two for this week so far today. I actually got a few I really liked to do!
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• Centralia, Missouri
16 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I need to get back into that, hit a depression wall and kinda stopped, didnt even mylot yesterday.
@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I like the way you create those poems, this is awesome. I am unable to play with English words.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
I cant even begin to imagine how hard that would be with it not being my native tongue
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@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt You cannot imagine the rhymes in your head, because you try to translate something from your natural language, that is very bad, because you have to think in the language you are speaking.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Hmmn, it might work better to sort of write like I do poems, I work out what the last word I want in each line to be. (if I am rhyming), then I try to make a sentence that fits that ends in that word.
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@KristenH (24088)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
14 Feb 16
Jessa, hope your back is feeling better. Well done with the poem. Here's my short poem, since I'm waking up. You can't go wrong for a pet, when you have a cat or two, They're great companions to have, when you're feeling blue, When you pet them with love, sweet purring sounds than ever before, But when you step in a hairball, it goes splat on the carpeted floor. As friends, they make you smile or give you something to laugh at, I can't even imagine them wearing a costume or even any hat, Mine are multi-colored and not black like a bat in the night, But sometimes they drive me crazy like a gnat, which is all right.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
I loved it! much more in-depth and complicated than mine was.
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@KristenH (24088)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
14 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt Thanks. I had my cats near me to be my inspiration for this one.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
hat, cat, bat, gnat, splat The little old cat sat upon my favorite hat to get a little closer to the bat that was chasing a gnat that was flying high until the bat caught the gnat and the cat pounced high and the bat with the gnat went splat.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
Wow, I don't think that one took me more than a minute. Perhaps the cold weather didn't cause brain freeze after all.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
@ElusiveButterfly Ok I love how the cat splatted the hat because of a gnat. Worked all the words in very well!
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• Preston, England
16 Feb 16
another great challenge to get my teeth into - thanks
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• Centralia, Missouri
17 Feb 16
simple words I know, haven't been up to hard challenges lately. but still fun
• Eugene, Oregon
14 Feb 16
I slapped at a gnat and hit the cat who made a terrible mess in my hat. The gnat got away 'til I found my bat and smashed that gnat who went ker-splat. I thought I posted this last night, but maybe not.
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• Centralia, Missouri
15 Feb 16
ew a scared cat leaving a mess in a hat . LOL, great poem!
14 Feb 16
Wow! That's amazing poem. I hope I can do that kind of beautiful poem.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
it's all about just trying, some poems are better than other, and getting better comes with practice!
• Eugene, Oregon
14 Feb 16
Oops, maybe I did this wrong? I thought we were supposed to write it as a discussion.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
no, you can write yours however you want, just provide a link as a comment so we can find it. It's all good.
• Philippines
13 Feb 16
The wind is mysterious somewhat Flying round and round is a bat. Not to mention the accompaniment of a gnat. Now very scared is the poor cat Who managed to hide under a hat. I got a newspaper, rolled it.. and "splat!"
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 16
Very nice use of all of the words, poor scared cat!
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
13 Feb 16
Hope you are doing better now. And you know I like your poems.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
soso, back still hate me, but I can move, albeit slowly
@zebra2222 (5157)
• United States
13 Feb 16
That was a wonderful poem. I can see where you're at. It didn't have to be long, and it didn't have to be fat. I thought that it was written by a woman named Pat who wore a funny hat. Still, I saw Pat sit on her cat. The cat was upset and just went splat. Oh no, who is now going to get rid of the gnat? I guess that I'll have to hit it with my bat.
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
very nice, made me laugh and I needed that today!
@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
13 Feb 16
I looked up and saw a cat It was wearing a large billed hat Standing there so young and proud On its shoulder a baseball bat My oh my, now what is that? Looks so small must be a gnat The cat meowed so very loud And swung...and all I heard was "splat"
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• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 16
lol, gnat ball, new feline sport of champions! loved it.
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