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Friday, March 5, 2010

MAGPIE TALES: DANCING WITH GANESH


Here's to Ganesh, the Hindu Elephant god, who's ready to have a good time, thanks to Willow's Magpie Tales' writing prompt.


DANCING WITH THE STARS


Ganesh
The Remover of Obstacles
leaps

from the mouse
on which he has been riding
for centuries

shakes off his god- garb
rattles the universe
and rolls the wind up

like a rug from the dance floor
where he does The Funky Pachyderm
Bollywood style

to a standing ovation
on this evening’s Our Galaxy’s Got Talent
for three perfect scores

from the judges
who say he’s the biggest
star they’ve ever had on the show!






(photo from Wikipedia)

23 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Woo hoo! Love it! Really, really love it. (The Funky Pachderm, indeed!)

willow said...

The Funky Pachyderm Bollywood style? Standing ovation from Willow Manor!

violet cadburry said...

The funky pachyderm is goin' all the way, rockin and stompin! I am so drawing a huge blank to write about that prompt...must be my Catholic upbringing.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Hey Vicki, Willow, and Violet, so glad you like my funky elepant. I had fun doing this! Thanks a bunch to that sly Magpie.

Berowne said...

Ganesh, meet Candy Babar, over at my blog...

Kathryn Magendie said...

This made me smile, then laugh! Love love it!

Go Pachy Go! *grinning*

Jessie Carty said...

i would so buy a book called "The Funky Pacyderm"! Loved this

Pauline said...

visiting you via Magpie Tales - love these lines "rattles the universe
and rolls the wind up"

and

the marvelous poem in the post prior to this one! You make pictures with your words.

SUN DANCE HILL said...

Delightful, thoroughly enjoyed Ganesh!

Catalyst said...

Go, go, Ganesh! Wonderful, lively poem!

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Oh, thank you all so much! I'll be responding to all of you by blog in just a little while.

Brian Miller said...

ha, what a fun magpie...the funky pachyderm...love it!

spacedlaw said...

My favourite Indian divinity! Good hopping.

Lyn said...

I think this funky guy ( everyone loves him) wins the cosmic contest!!

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I love it! The funky pachyuderm...I can see why this blog is one of the 30 best in poetry! Excellent and FUN!

steviewren said...

Love the imagery you used...rattles the universe and rolls the wind up....

C.M. Jackson said...

loved the twist and the lightheartedness --no obstacles here! great post

joanny said...

What a great premise -- so fitting -- India is getting more modern and Ganesha the Remover of Obstacles and Lord of success is dancing at Bollywood

Joanny

rob kistner said...

Your work is bold your spirit is awesome, and you are courageous and free -- come visit me…

…rob
image-verse.com

chiccoreal said...

HERE I AM; Your dear sweet dream Ganesh: a joyful, funny elephant; Love the swinging rhyme and rhyhm ~~ an excellent poem ~ thank-you for the chuckles and smiles!

The Muse said...

http://adivashammer.com/archives/1274

Creating the joy in a piece of writing is a true gift for the reader...and you have done that :) I see the Indian Costumed pageantry and hear the rhythmic beat...
A joyous path of pachyderm pitter patter!

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Thanks to all of you for responding to my funky elephant poem. I am happy that it gave you pleasure. thank you Pauline, for reading the poem prior to this one and liking it! Lyn, I think you are right--everybody loves this little pachyderm once they are introduced to him. Chiccoreal and Muse, your spirited comments have raised my energy level today. Actually, all the comments work better than vitamins.
I'll hope to visit your blogs soon....

Suz said...

that was indeed fun!