The Sphinx and American Ivy

A little fun combining three prompts: from dverse where I chose to use all the podcast titles to compose a poem (Articles of Interest: American Ivy, I Was Never There, Legacy of Speed, Not Lost, Pivot, Reveal: After Ayotzinapa, Rumble Strip, Serial, This American Life, Ghost in the Burbs); Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers (100 words or less using the photo prompt below); and GirlieonEdge’s Six Sentence Story (prompt word: VISA). Does the story poem succeed? Well, you be the judge!

photo prompt © Roger Bultot

The Sphinx and American Ivy

It isn’t fair, it isn’t fair, it isn’t fair: just some
articles of interest, American Ivy shouts.

The Sphinx runs behind Reveal (after Ayotzinapa,
he was never the same), columnar legs
standing astride this American life with a VISA card.

Playing the ghost in the burbs? American Ivy
taunts, the riddle and its answer are one!

I wasn’t there, Sphinx replies
(she’s a serial liar).

American Ivy laughs: Life isn’t fair, but here’s
the rumble strip to your legacy of speed:

neither’s love, the riddle YOU can’t solve.
Sphinx pivots: All’s not lost? and

Ivy laughs, says, Love conquers all.

61 thoughts on “The Sphinx and American Ivy

    1. Just the effect I was going for: the Sphinx, inheritor of ruins reacting to doom/apocalypse vs. the inherent optimism of an American (native or immigrant). That sort of thing. 🙂

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  1. I remember, when a boy and given to build model cars, I found myself with a full box of spare plastic car parts, the unused and/or over-looked parts of the those completed models on the shelf.
    So with now illegal airplane glue in hand I took to building ‘the model car never seen’

    I trust I am conveying my enjoying of your Six (and admiration for the talent to see connections between words and ideas)

    cool Six, yo

    Like the others, loved the “…here’s the rumble strip to your legacy of speed:

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    1. It was something like that here, a box of spare parts to create something . . . different without the usual specifications! I’m glad you enjoyed the outcome, Clark, and appreciate your comments (which I don’t know how I missed yesterday). Thank you. 🙂


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