Saving the Centipede

2 April
NaPoWriMo prompt: …take an existing poem of yours or someone else’s, and try rewriting it in a different voice. The point is just to play with who is speaking to who and how. “A Centipede” is one of my favorites. Wish I knew who wrote it. The first stanza below is the original, the second is the result of my playing with its speakers; I may not be able honor its author, but I can, at least, honor the centipede!

Saving the Centipede, by Elizabeth Boquet and  Anonymous

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said, “Pray, which leg comes after which?”
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in a ditch
Considering how to run.

Until her back began to itch,
Which wasn’t very good,
Cried, “You may not know what to do
But one more word comes out of you
And you’ll discover my jiujitsu!”
Off the frog hopped to the woods.

 

Written by Elizabeth Boquet, April 2018

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