Sestina On Demand

Daniel Moore challenged me to write a sestina. (Or he casually mentioned it and I blew it out of proportion — it’s all the same to me.) After an hour or so spent writing at Apres Diem in Midtown, last night, I ended up with this thing. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time right now to give this thing another couple of drafts, so this is as good as you get right now.

Thirty-nine lines of bad poetry in a medieval French style after the break.

Mutiny on the Television

The crew was real but the ship
was a fake. They were drafted
from whatever the present
hang-outs was, all drawn
aboard by a promise on a blog
that said they’d network.

The captain was a wannabe network
exec, but he kept the ship
bogged down with his two blogs,
one for himself, one drafted
for the crew. His smile was drawn
on. Even when he was present

he wasn’t really present.
So the crew formed a network
of mutineers and managed to draw
in the first mate. The ship
would be theirs. They drafted
a plan on their own blogs

and had the first mate blog
lies when the captain was present.
One night they’ll get him drunk on draft
beer, send word through their network
and spring their trap on him. Ship
that bastard off to Shanghai and draw

his salary for themselves. Or draw
him, quarter him and blog
about it later. Take his ship
to Hollywood and give it as a present
to the admirals of the network.
Haul it up Rodeo with draft

mules and let them see its shallow draft.
Think of the crowds it’ll draw
and the primetime coverage the networks
will do! They’ll say, “You can blog
for the moment or damn the present
and sail for tomorrow in your own ship.

No second drafts! Just blog!
No draw games! No presents!
Sail the network in your own ship!”

1 Comment so far

  1. Daniel (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2005 @ 12:56 pm

    Beautiful, Will. I never expected a medieval French-style poem to have the word “blog” in it.

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