On this page you will find a poem and several stories
from writers who responded to a challenge on our message board.
This is the challenge and these are the responses:



Challenge: There is a town called Oddity USA. Why is it called Oddity?


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Odd USA


The word went out from the capitol,
For each city mayor to choose
The oddest citizen of their city
To gather together and muse
The question of what is believed odd,
By all of the earth's people's sod.


The challenge was a mighty one,
Each mayor sent out the word.
The peoples stirred all over the land,
A hue and cry was heard!


Everyone to a woman and man
Pointed a finger at each other,
All in the entire land were voted
Odd in one way or another.


So the cities ran together like water,
The entire USA nation was odd.
But the worst of all was the typist
Who put the "ity and comma" after "Odd."



© By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)





Oddity USA


I wanted to move to Oddity
But first they wanted to look at me.
I took a bus and then a train,
Arrived in a drenching rain.


The Mayor came and held out a hand.
And he said "Well, I'll be damned!"
"You're a wierdo, I can tell.
"That fuzzy hair and funny smell."


I was so insulted, I got all huffy.
My green eyes glinted, tail got puffy.
"Mr Mayor, You'd think that,
You had never seen a CAT!"



© By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





Oddity


In Oddity, USA,
Folks act mighty peculiar,
The way they’re smiling all day,
But just don’t let that fool ya.


There’s something in the water
That affects the townfolks’ mood.
Every son and daughter
Prefers liquid over food.


The most blissful place you’ll find,
Is Oddity, USA,
Troubles elsewhere, they don’t mind -
The next town is miles away.


And they owe it all to Will,
Who lives by the reservoir,
Where he constructed his still,
Right on the northeastern shore.


Hundreds of acres of field,
He planted every spring.
Potatoes were his main yield,
And all the vodka they’d bring.


His still was tied to the pond,
With dozens of copper pipes.
Of the mixture, folks grew fond -
Not one drunk had any gripes.



© By RickMack (Rmrickmack@aol.com)





The Town Of Oddity


THE TOWN OF ODDITY
WHAT A STRANGE NAME INDEED
PEOPLE THERE WERE ODD
AS ODD AS THEY COULD BE


FARMER JAKE GREW TURNIPS
AND MADE UP TURNIP BEER
JOSEPHINE HATED BUNNIES
OF THEM SHE DID FEAR


RALPH LIVED IN A FIR TREE
HE BUILT HIMSELF A NEST
SARAH WOULD ONLY WALK
IF THE PATHWAY WAS WEST


THE BANK WAS PAINTED GREEN
CARROTS GREW IN BLUE
PEOPLE SIPPED ON CARMELS
COFFEE THEY TRIED TO CHEW


THE TOWN OF ODDITY
HAD A CHURCH HELD IN A CAVE
AND EVERY THIRD CHILD BORN
WAS GIVEN THE NAME DAVE



© By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)











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poems and stories by the authors at Lara's Den.


Lovers Lullaby

Autumn In The Mountains

A Cozy Nook

On Meeting Someone New

The Crowded Bird Feeder

The Gate

A Room Under The Eaves

I Walk In Tulips


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