Saturday, 23 April 2016

T is for Totaled


is for Totaled





You’d think T would be simple, but oh boy!
I dithered between Titan and Troy,
Telemachus and Trope,
Till I lost all hope.
T Turned out the hardest to deploy!

I wavered between Topaz and Turquoise.
Between Tourmaline, Trinkets, and Toys,
Tricorne,  Trireme, and Theme,
the Terrible Ivan’s Team,
and I pondered long and hard on Tolstoy’s.

I Thought of Triptych and Tetraptych,
but They neither clicked nor did They stick;
Tsar, Tmena and Tassel
proved too much of a hassle
to push and shove into a limerick.

Till now I have Trounced every letter
but T has pulled a fast one and better.
I’m Totaled, quite stumped
T has Triumphed and Trumped,
fingers crossed it’s not a Trendsetter!


I never Thought That T would be This difficult.  No dearth of words for T, it is among The Top Ten frequent-use letters in English. Has it happened To you too?  What you assumed would be a piece of cake Turned out like chewy gristle and you had to fumble for your napkin? 

T is also for Truth, True : a word we hear early in life. 

"Who's Taken Those Tarts I kept for Tante Tabitha and eaten Them all? Tell me the Truth!" 

"Mark The answers True or False."

"The dog ate your homework? Not a word of That rigmarole is True!"

Well, That at any rate, is True.  Not one word of This rigmarole, here on This blog, is True either.  I don't claim To Tell any Truths Through my poetry, or short stories (there's a reason why They are called fiction, folks!) or anything else. They are not life-changing, self-empowering, affirmative, ultimate end-of-quests, questions or answers.  

(My Truths are all face-To-face, The verbal kind, I can't look anyone in The eye and lie convincingly, I am a Terrible liar.  Which is why I had to hand in all my homework in every Time, on-Time. But I digress)  

Give me a pen and paper and I could Tell you a series of pretty respectable lies, quite enticingly I Think. Only Thing is no-one believes me when I say I am lying. But I am. And They are. One hundred percent pure unadulterated lies.  Trust me on This.  All poems here are a Tissue of lies, a figment of The Imagination. Truly!

Except This one.  I couldn't wrestle a single historical/mythological/fictional T-figure into a limerick. That's True alright. And you have The evidence above.
  






Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2016 


54 comments:

  1. T is for tremendous
    Very enjoyable, thank you

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  2. T is for Talent, and you my dear are full of it. Laughing, Thank you! :)

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    1. :) I Think The Theme wenT slighTly To smiThereens There...

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  3. Quite a comical T post nonetheless. Cheers.

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  4. Even if you couldn't make a limerick out of T, you've done a marvelous job anyway. I laughed at your post, the good kind of laugh because it's so great and fun. And that's the truth.

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    1. Wondering if That's a Tongue-in-cheek type of commenT :) Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Glad you did. Thanks for being here.

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  6. But, look at all the words you came up with that started with T. And you still managed a rhyme. . .so the Truth is - you sound tenacious no matter what.

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    1. It was wrestling with the Titans...just couldn't win That one.. Too formidable an opponent :)

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    1. :) plenty of those troubles here for this post!

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  8. Top class post - almost toppled over ;)

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    1. No, no Toppling allowed Till The Thirtieth :)

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  9. You covered a lot of bases there. I had trouble filling in one of my words for T also so I'm understanding.

    Susan Says

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    1. Yeah, one of Those days it just doesn't work out despiTe There being so many opTions :)

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  10. Twas me. I ate the tarts. The tasted terrific!

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    1. Oh good, I'll run and tell Tante Tabitha then, she's always had a low opinion of me ever since the tarts disappeared...

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  11. Tantalizingly thoughtful Nilanjana!

    Hank

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    1. Great T words both, comment done to a turn!

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  12. Totally Terrific! Enjoyed your post and thanks for visiting mine. :)

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  13. Top notch triumphant on a saturday. Tip of the hat to you. Enjoy the weekend

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    1. You have a great weekend too. Thanks.

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  14. And yet you still managed to pull off T and make it funny!

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    1. Taxed to the last T...but made it through somehow :) welcome back! hope the break went well

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  15. So, no limerick? One hell of an entertaining post, regardless. Great job.

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    1. Nope, not one of the characters would be persuaded :) but glad you enjoyed the post anyways

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  16. Thanks Thus far for The Tremendous TidbiTs, Tall Tales and Tip-Top Theories ThaT you've posTed!
    Terrific enTerTainmenT!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. ThaT's a nearly cenT percenT T-word commenT! Kudos!

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  17. Blog hopping from North Carolina during the #Challenge. I decided to start with bloggers WAY dow the list figuring they wouldn’t get as many visits. I can see I have missed hanging out with you and your poetry. Congratulations on your blog that is easy to read. So any aren't. Totally satisfied with the capital T. Inviting you to TEA today-part of my theme of hotels and inns this year. Hope you have time and interest.

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    1. Can't refuse that invite! Will be over for Sunday Tea :) Thank you

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  18. Very impressive! How fast can you read it aloud though? ;-)

    Amanda (from www.amandafleet.co.uk)

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  19. For me there is only one T-word: Toast. preferably with lots of butter and raspberry jam... and a cup of tea.

    @Kathleen01930
    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge

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    1. I was that Toast,
      just before this post :)

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  20. Totally Terrific post! And let's face it - nobody can win when they're Tussling with Titans!

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  21. And The font decided it had to become Tiny halfway Through and wouldn't be persuaded any otherwise either...I am way Too Tired To wrestle with That as well...

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  22. Hi Nila - the vagaries of trumping the T ... I'm not surprised you're toasted ... I think I've run out of T words - you've used them all ... but a fun read too ... reminding us of words twisting and turning in the back of our minds - wishing for a trip into the twilight ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi, and hope Things are going well with you< Hilary! Thanks for your support, appreciate it more than words can Tell.

      Have a great Sunday!

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  23. Letters are always tough but you do full justice to this one. It's mesmerizing and compelling writing:)

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/rave-and-run/

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/a-to-z-challenge-salirophilia/

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    1. Thanks for visiting, and leaving the links. Much appreciated!

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  24. That's a lot of Ts. Great post!

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  25. I like how, even stumped, you worked all those options into your theme. Nicely done!

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    1. Theme's been Tossed for This post! :)

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  26. Sometimes I think it is the ones we think are going to be easy that are the real challenge. Constraints can actually help creatively I think which is why too many choices isn't always a good thing. There are just too many "T" words although your post was awesome and you highlighted quite a few.

    @WeekendsinMaine
    Weekends in Maine

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    1. True! Constraints make for creative solutions.

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  27. Oh this is so great, I am really enjoying your style of poetry: witty yet still light and fun :D

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