Sunday, April 14, 2013

Near-Sighted MacFiggin & The Coquette

Professor MacFiggin,
whose vision was blurred,
was dining on pheasant
or some kind of bird

when he heard a voice
belonging to Fran--
a wasp-waisted lady
in search of a man.

"Enjoy some wine!"
(He hoped it would tweak her)
so he held a carafe
which was really a beaker

he'd brought from his lab,
filled with--well--something
that could not have been wine
but it set his heart thumping.

"I've got giant white caterpillars
here on my cheeks,"
he said with a smile,
"and they've been there for weeks!"

"I've got a crustacean
perched on my head,"
said Fran, quite boldly
suggesting they wed.

Cafe In Paris by Joaquin Sorolla

for Hedgewitch's mini-challenge at Real Toads to write something in "approximately 100 words or less." This is 106. Goddess love approximation!




hedgewitch said...

Ha! I'm sure, shorn of caterpillars and crustaceans, this was *exactly* what was going on in this picture! McFiggin looks born to be a sugar daddy. But considering their respective...talents, I think there are probably worse fates for both of them. Thanks, Shay, for participating, and choosing to sashay through this Parisian scene with your usual aplomb and nonchalance.

Jinksy said...

What a delight! Never mind the word count. :)

aprille said...

white brillo pads, just like the cycling olympic champion Bradley Wiggins.
Made me laugh.Enough reason to get wed.

Emma Major said...

brilliant, very a a Milne - I'm a.huge fan

TexWisGirl said...

once again, your imagination...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so enjoyed this - it sounds like something that could happen to me, given the caterpillars and crustaceans! This was terrific fun to read.

Mama Zen said...

Much the funny, lady! I'm always amazed by the stuff you can come up with.

Ellecee said...

I really enjoyed this one,,,smiles and laughter all around. What wonderful characters you created,,deserving of one another :-)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Oh, the caterpillar and crustacean were a masterful touch.

Susie Clevenger said...

Unique as always...what a delight!

Marian said...

the animated version of this poem is totally Tim Burton. :)

Peggy said...

Excellent and I enjoyed your tale very much. (Even though I could not view the animation for some reason). Quite a fun read!

Cloudia said...

oh there IS a match for every one!

delightful as usual-

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
~ > < } } ( ° > <3

Rune said...

I love this! Especially the white caterpillars and the "wine" in a beaker. He sounds like fun. :)

I really enjoyed the rhythm and rhyme. You always come up with the best names, characters, and tales.

Kay L. Davies said...

They definitely deserve one another!
Another triumph for you, Shay...your mind goes where angels fear to tread. So I'd say Fran and the Professor have a match made in heaven.

Shawna said...

Hey thanks for reminding me of Emiliana; I love her!

Ella said...

I love the Alice brilliance you brought to your poem ;D

Helen said...

106 whimsical words ~~ wonderful!!

Margaret said...

"wine" in a beaker ... and wasp-waisted lady...

Me thinks they will find what they need in one another! Love your sense of wit and fun here.

Wolfsrosebud said...

fun story you've spun for us

Anonymous said...

Charming as hell. As for the beaker, who knows? Opiates? Pee? (probably not pee...)

Whatever it was, the coquette will be happy, I can tell! Amy

Poet Laundry said...

This is crazy and quirky and I loved it.

Anonymous said...

they sound like a perfect match! the crustacean can feast on the caterpillars.

love the song!