Day3: Benson’s Nonsensical Tale

Words: Book, silver, badge, glass, sleeve, engine, pattern, gaze, piano, suit, gossip (11!)

I just had fun with this – any sense at all is by accident!


Benson’s Nonsensical Tale


Benson was ordered to guard the silver book with a glass badge on its sleeve

of an engine – if you gaze at the pattern you will see

a man in a suit standing before a piano above the name “Gossip”


Madge the cook got so familiar, that she decided to bypass

the conventional badge on New Year’s Eve – there was tension

with her hermano, a real fruit still in the closet


the silver book was in the hands of the familiar cook

it almost lost the badge when Madge was in an impasse by the glass door

we believe she pulled the engine with the tension of her sleeve

while she gazed on the always flattering pattern on the suit

of her fruity Hermano by the piano- they both seek profit from the book of Gossip


Hermano opened the book and said to Madge that it was all gobbledygook

“you have no ambition sister, that’s why you’ll remain a cook”

but Madge detached the badge with a quiver as the silver delivered

it’s familiar dispatch. Only Hermano was deceived by the sleeve, and briefly

reminded her of Tel Aviv where she had trespassed once

and where her “ass had been grass”


to the sound of bluegrass, Benson rode up on an engine which was Belgian

by legend, and for no reason scattered caterpillars on the Saturn patterned rug

and they proceeded to graze on the maize in tones of greys in the pattern.


instead of going mano a mano with the bro, Benson sat in his Giordanos

by the piano to play the Marseillaise. Madge the soprano sings. Hermano’s suit

is absolutely the colour of mayonnaise and made from old parachute cloth –

he had bought it especially for the commute – since he lived so near

it did not compute


enough of this toxic gossip of Benson, the cook and the cute brother –

who profits? No one. The owner sips brandy in the office. It’s moot.

it was actually a silver locket they took and the owner will prosecute.



Saffron – April 2020



First, make a list of ten words. You can generate this list however you’d like – pull a book  off the shelf and find ten words you like, name ten things you can see from where you’re sitting, etc. Now, for each word, use Rhymezone to identify two to four similar-sounding or rhyming words. For example, if my word is “salt,” my similar words might be “belt,” “silt,” “sailed,” and “sell-out.” 

Once you’ve assembled your complete list, work on writing a poem using your new “word bank.” You don’t have to use every word, of course, but try to play as much with sound as possible, repeating  sounds and echoing back to others using your rhyming and similar words.

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