Thursday, November 19, 2009

Am meal at

With a worded trap I'm asked
to verify my human
being by typing
A-M-M-E-A-L-A-T.

I misinterpret that
as, "Am meal at."
Putting down the plastic fork
to key it in,

I wonder out loud,
"Who's about to be
eaten, and where?"
It tells me I passed.

Francis Scudellari

10 comments:

Akeith Walters said...

This is great.

Francis Scudellari said...

Thanks... a bit of a change of pace.

Gerry Boyd said...

this CAPTCHA's my imagination.

Francis Scudellari said...

I probably should have worked "capture" in there somewhere.

Smita Tewari said...

Great writing for one so young!
Do comment on 'Revelations'
Thanks.

mule said...

francis,

this certainly caught my attention. good one!

timmy said...

"ammealat" might have been the first human word. the protohuman would climb to the top of a hill or a tree, point to some scraps left behind by a lion or panther, and shout "ammealat!"
later they would develop words for "the big tree" "the bend in the river" etc and they could shout "ammealat" (particular place)

Francis Scudellari said...

@Smita Youth is a matter of perspective :). I will look at Revelations.

@Mule Thanks.

@Timmy That story could be a whole new poem of its own.

Jenny said...

Glad the speaker did not end up as someone's meal. Really good poem. I came to think of Burgess' made up language in "A Clockwork Orange" a bit.

Francis Scudellari said...

Jenny, no characters real or imagined were harmed in the making of this poem :). I'm a big fan of "Clockwork".