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Haiku Monday ~ Survival December 20, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Poetry, Word Play.
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Serendipity has posted the Week’s Theme ~ Survival. If you want to play along, you have until Midnight Monday to toss your words into the hopper.

She asked us to refrain from submitting “Surviving the Holidays” Haiku.

Ho? Ho? Ho? ~>  No!  No!  No!

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Serendipity’s theme brought Sir Ernest Shackleton to mind. In 1914, that intrepid explorer needed a crew for an expedition to Antarctica. To entice able-bodied men to sign up, he placed an ad in the London Times, along these lines:

Hazardous journey:
Low pay, bitter cold, return
doubtful. Sign up here.

Due to his stellar reputation, Shackleton received 5,000 applications from would be explorers:

Danger, darkness, AND
bitter cold? Survival chance
slim? What’s not to like?

He chose a crew of 28.  All survived.  The actual ad from the London Times:

Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.

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On a more contemporary note, poets willing to work for words are apt to starve in short order.

To assist their efforts to survive, we could issue each a Poetic License:

Poetic License:
Laureate’s permit to “pass
the plate.”  Sustenance!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Now it’s YOUR turn.

Swing by Serendipity’s blog between now and Midnight Monday and put YOUR poetic license to good use.

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