An Unsuitable Implement For Croquet

Written for:  Poetic Asides #377 – For today’s prompt, take the phrase “An Unsuitable (blank) for (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new the phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.


Where are your croquet
mallets asked Alice,
and those creatures are certainly
not croquet balls.

Despite shape assumed
by beset upon hedgehogs,
they cannot roll into
an effective circle.

Using flamingoes as mallets
is preposterous, said Alice.
How would you like being
held with your neck upside down?

Hedgehogs argued, and ran away
each time a flamingo was swung.
There are simply no rules, Alice said.
Red Queen replied, ‘off with her head’.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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