Strange exercise in class

I’m sitting in my  creative writing class and we have just watched the episode from the Twilight Zone of An Occurrence at Owl Bridge, based on an Ambrose Bierce short story. Set, as many of Bierce’s are, in the civil war, it shows a hanging of a rebel by Union soldiers. If you haven’t read the story or seen the short film (maybe half an hour) I strongly commend it. The interesting thing is that we are using it as a prompt of sorts.

If you’ve been following my blog, you will not be surprised to learn that I have written a double dactyl in response. I am writing this as the professor is waiting for us to finish up, and I will tell you the poem and his reaction after they have happened.

Well, he wasn’t surprised I wrote a double dactyl and saved it until last to be read. Which I suppose is an honor, but who knows. Here it is:

Wisherly, fisherly
Payton was hanging there
Union men planned to kill
Rebel with cause

Rope was all broken up
Payton ran home again
Rope gives him pause

It will make sense if you look up either the story or the Twilight Zone episode. It won the Cannes Film Festival award for best short film in 1962.

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