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Poem: "The Bumblebug"

This poem came from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from minor_architect, aldersprig, and siege.  It was sponsored by janetmiles.

The Bumblebug

As the new century stretched out
and Mars and other promised lands
remained stubbornly out of reach,
people began to grumble:  "Where's the future
we were supposed to see?  Where's my flying car?"

"It's all just a pipe dream,"
said the aeronautics engineer.
"There will probably never be a flying car,
unless Volkswagon somehow manages
to build a Bumblebee.

Five years later, the first Hummel  hit the line.
It had a squat black body with bright yellow wings
that buzzed noisily as it took off.  Like its namesake,
it should not have been able to fly,
but it did.

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siege From: siege Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
My goodness, Ms. Miles has been quite generous this month! Thank you janetmiles. (:
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)


It's spread over a wide range of poems, but yeah, this has been a good month for sponsorships. I love my donors. All told, the Poetry Fishbowl publishes about ten times what I sell to conventional editors.
eseme From: eseme Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Lots of humor this month - I need it with all this snow sitting around.

And huzzah for defying the laws of physics!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)


I don't write a great deal of humor, because it's not an area where I have a lot of steering control. Either it kicks on by itself, or it doesn't; I can't easily summon it from scratch. But I suspect that I've been writing more, because it's more likely to appear if someone gives me a good funny prompt, or even a prompt that takes my mind in a whimsical direction. I like that expansion of my repertoire.

And of course, I love doing the impossible.
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