This poem is based on an improv game, where people answer questions from the audience as distinctive characters.
Expert Panel: Pirate, Robot, Poet
How can I get my toddler to take a nap?
Pirate: Give him some rum. Arrr!
Robot: Toggle his off switch.
Poet: Sing to him the earth's heart hymn.
What should I look for when buying a house?
Robot: Plenty of outlets and a storage shed for lasers.
Poet: An attic to store dreams, a yard to live them.
Pirate: A roomy cabin and a sturdy dock.
How do robins know where to find a worm?
Poet: They look askance at the shivering grass.
Pirate: They call, "Worms ahoy!" And board that frigate!
Robot: They use their invertebrate sensors.
What should I wear to a semi-formal event?
Pirate: Your best eye-patch and a clean justaucorps.
Robot: A silver bow-tie, with polished panels.
Poet: A dress as aromatic and short as green tea.
What does the future hold?
Robot: Centuries of digital dominion.
Poet: Air and water shaping new fantasies.
Pirate: More rum! Arrr!
- April 30, 2013
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