Brookwrite

Writing - Poetry

    "Toto?"

    I was standing one Kansas day
    playing xylophone when up
    arose a mighty cyclone
    I tried to find a telephone
    then settled for a mega-
    phone but the storm
    took a much darker
    tone and I was
    sucked into the
    twilight zone
    by a funnel
    shaped
    like an
    ice
    cream
    cone

    I hadn't done my poetry assignment. Of course, I was called on first to read. I admitted I had nothing.

    The assignment was to quickly pick seven rhyming words, no thought or strategy, then write a poem from them.

    As others read theirs, I did the exercise. At the end I asked to read mine. The prof reminded that I hadn't done the assignment, I said I just did it then. He said sure.

    I read this poem aloud. He looked at me, then asked, "you just wrote that right now?"

    "Yes."

    After a pause he said, "I hate you," and put his head on the desk in his arms, telling everyone to leave.

    Proudest writing moment of my life.

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