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Down past his cottage, to the orchard

that locals know as “Oggie's Den”.

A gunny-sack – a bit o' lanyard,

the only arms of four bold men.

Our enemy is very crafty:

it's hard to tell if he's still active;

for rarely does he show a light

that says he's settled for the night.

Till suddenly, there's adult curses,

bright lights and pandemonium.

I've got you now you thieving scum!”

Dogs bark and snarl--with rabid faces

at my three friends, who choose to flee

and leave me up the apple tree.

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Hi. Benjamin, Clever! I think you set up the reader perfectly in ths piece. Your use of commas after faces /friends/flee could be eliminated because they are in my opinion unnecessary and make the line choppy.

Enjoyable read. **Tink

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Ah, you led us along quite deftly, I thinking at first this was what we Yanks call a "snipe hunt," a ruse where the target is literally left holding the bag. From whence came the name “Oggie's Den?"

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Tink. Thanks for your input. Will do. It's good to not be too serious once in a while. :smile:


Franklin. The imaginitive world of children remains with me through stories I relate to the grandkids. I believe the name Oggie was a corruption of Oswald which was the old guy's first name. Ian was usually flattened to "Iggy". A whole new subject :blink: .

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What a fun story! It's delightfully crafted, framed in impeccable iambic tetrameter (great choice, btw). Very nice work, Benjamin.




PS -- I wonder if "Oggie" came from "Auggie"/Augustine?

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