All right, this is my true next to next to last post for A-Z Challenge. Apparently (you may not have known this, as apparently I’d “forgotten”) but apparently April has 30 days AND there is a letter between X and Z. That letter is Y, as in Why did I agree to write 26 posts this month when historically I have a hard time writing a post a week??
Yeah, the things we do for our art. =D
Welcome to Xanadu, Population 1
Welcome to Xanadu, your new home, I hope. No one ever chooses to stay here long. Sometimes, I will start these introductions with the good, with the trickling fountains and the luxurious grounds, our gorgeous mountain vistas. Other times, I start by mentioning the bad – just to get it out of the way, with the neighbors, who can admittedly be a problem. This is not a good place to raise children, they say.
But that is not true! Your children will be safe and secure, more safe and secure than any place on earth I dare say! You merely need to take certain precautions and keep them indoors during the night, at noon, and on certain major alignments of the sun, moon, and stars. I have a chart I can give you.
Did I mention the mountain vistas? Oh how sweetly falls the dew upon the mountain peaks, how softly lie the wildest and most fearsome of creatures upon their lofty beds. (Except at night and noon and … I have charts. Many charts. No worries! No worries, dear guest.)
But, no, where are you going with such haste? Why does no one ever stay? I only hope that you can make it out before dark, when the creatures wake from their slumber.
Farewell, then, dear guest, and make haste.
Now Leaving Xanadu. Population 1
Kubla Khan has always been one of my favorite poems and I *had* to riff on Xanadu a little for the X day.
6 thoughts on “X is for Xanadu”
Did this poem in school!
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree …
The stuff we retain!
Leaving Xanadu where happiness reigns and to avoid the creatures that come out at night …
J.L. Campbell – The Character Depot | A-Z Challenge Co-Host
I must admit that I’m thoroughly impressed that you’ve been able to get in a short story for each letter. On top of it all, they’re good.
I have to admit I love this story. The repetition works so well. Got my imagination stirring with the views and creatures. I love dangerous creatures that can possibly devour children at noon, midnight, and certain alignments of the sun, moon, and stars.
Thanks Ula. Me too. I think that’s part of why I loved that poem so much, the mysterious beauty and the temptations and all of it.
I like the voice and tone… playful with a subtle threat… 😀
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You did great. It was a challenge, for sure, exhausting, but good. I like the word Xanadu. Didn’t Olivia Newton John sing about it?
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