NaPoWriMo Day 5 : The Chimera at the movies

NaPoWriMo Day 5 : The Chimera at the movies

Today’s challenge is to write a poem about a mythical person or creature doing something unusual – or at least something that seems unusual in relation to that person/creature. For example, what does Hercules do when he loses a sock in the dryer? If a mermaid wants to pick up rock-climbing as a hobby, how does she do that? What happens when a mountain troll makes pancakes?

I chose the Greek mythical creature, ‘Chimera’ which was depicted as a lion in the fore with a fire-breathing goat in the middle back and a tail with a serpent’s head in the rear.

Here’s my poem, ‘The Chimera at the movies’

  The chimera went to the movies one day
  'One ticket please,' he roared, handing a ten dollar bill.
  "Sorry, sir," the ticket collector bellowed, and the chimera hissed
  'Excuse me! Isn't it $10 per head?" A waft 
  "Absolutely sir," the collector sounded relieved,"And you have three!"
  'Don't be silly,' the Chimera bleated, losing his patience.
   The collector stood his ground. "Its the rules,Sir." 
  'Rules?" The Chimera said annoyed. 'Can't you see I have one body?'
   " We charge per head, Sir," the collector insisted
   And collected a $30.
   In a huff, the Chimera strode into the theatre 
   with a bucket of popcorn in its tail. 
   The hall was dark, the seats looked plush. 'This should be good,' he mused
   climbing up the steps, to his seat. Once he was there, he looked perplexed
   'Which way was he to sit?' There was one screen but he had two heads-
   In two opposite directions!
   If he were to sit on his butt, how would his goat-head see? 
   And if his goat-head saw, then how wouls his lion-head?
   The movie began; the lion head pondered and the goat-head breathed fire 
   While the serpent head raised itself from the rear to watch the show. All Rights Reserved.


12 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 5 : The Chimera at the movies”

  1. Gosh, what a predicament. I can’t but liken this to having a ‘smart’ phone and relentlessly texting: one is there and here. Takes lots of adjusting.
    And the ticket vendor. Hmm. Ok.
    Having paid for three heads, this guy was entitled to three seats. But how would he have managed with one bottom. 🤣
    Love the story you told me today. Lovely.

    • Selma, your comment had me in splits.They should be charging ‘per bottom’😁. How smart. So, true, about the texting.. my husband would agree. Especially NaPoWriMo time, when I’m trying to catch up online and in life😀. Thank you for your lovely comment. Big hugs to you.😊

  2. I remember from a previous NaPoWriMo challenge that the Chimera was the origin of the word camera. 😀 (At least I think so.) See, my camera can see in many directions at once as well. 😉 A fun tale.

    • Wow! That’s interesting and makes so much sense. I had no idea. You are the rightful photographer 😉. You know a ‘chimera’ when you see one. 😘

    • Ha ha…yes,I did have fun writing it. I could have let my imagination run wild and gone on and on but I thought this was enough for a prompt. I’m so glad to hear you say that you enjoyed reading the poem.

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