Fast Fiction Challenge Classics – And For A Sequel

Posted: 1 March 2013 in Uncategorized
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I like writing rhyming verse. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t. Sometimes it”s serious, sometimes it’s romantic, sometimes it’s just plain silly.

Like the following.

This was the first fast fiction challenge to which I responded in verse. It was not the last.

Title: And For A Sequel
Word: ranunculus
Challenger: Challenger: Elfie Taylor
Length: 200 words exactly

And once again, the stranger came;
He came most ev’ry year.
To make a sound, and look around
But mostly to drink beer.

He’d sully forth, first East then North
And end up in our place.
He’d get right drunk, with beer he’d sunk
Through the hole at the end of his face.

But as he fell, he’d curse and yell,
For times of long ago.
And with each glass, (he’d swear, his last)
My, how the tales did flow.

He’d tell of things, forgotten things
Of centuries gone by.
And challenge those, with woeful prose,
Who’d call each one a lie.

To folk in town, he was a clown
And no more need be said.
They’d heard before, these tales of yore
And to their homes they sped.

Then came that day, the first of May
When spring was in the air.
The stranger’s heart, it gave a start
And muscles deep did tear.

He hit the ground, without a sound
The stranger bit the dust.
The doc was called, the body hauled
With very little fuss.

Permission granted, the man they planted.
The priest said “dust to dust”.
Upon his grave, the priest did lay
Some sweet ranunculus.

© Lee Barnett, 2005


“There are two hundred stories collected in this volume. They are funny, they are thoughtful, they are romantic, they are frightening. To me, though, they are more than entertaining. They are inspiring.” – Wil Wheaton, from his introduction to volume 2 of The Fast Fiction Challenge

Two volumes of The Fast Fiction Challenge, containing 180 stories in Volume 1 and a further 200 stories in Volume 2, are available from lulu.com, and in some countries on Amazon. ebooks available from the author; email for details.


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