Prompt: Isadora at Real Toads asks us to use a novel’s first line in a poem (I put my choice in italics). She has a great article on these first lines — please give it a read. I’m not a regular at Toads, but I know several of you from elsewhere, but this sounded fun so I decided to jump in and play. So wrote this up quickly, in a humorous spirit, but as always, behind my humor I try to sneak in something of substance. Thanx for reading.
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Tex moves to Algiers
Tex stood at the back of the room
in his enormous yellow trousers,
hoping and wondering what it’d be like
to move the family to Algiers.
The firefighter convention was over
where he heard oil companies would hire
anyone stupid enough to live in a desert
under the constant threat of gun fire.
His wife looked great in yellow too
and he hoped the Jihadists wouldn’t mind.
But just in case, he bought expensive insurance
and a whole bunch of cheap land mines.
Tex would miss his cows and his ranch,
but the money sounded damn good.
So the kids were sent to Madrid,
saying for wealth, they understood.