The Comet’s Tale

a comet
boasted its tail was
as big as
the cosmos
as its tale became taller
it just got smaller

falling fast
through the atmosphere
past planets
and the moon
until it landed on Earth
somewhere in the north

where it snows
throughout the winter
and in spring
rises from the frozen earth
in vernal rebirth

the comet
boasted its tail was
as green as
a willow
the greenest in the cosmos
infinite compost

Kim M. Russell, 2017


Credit: Bob King – found on

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturnday Mix – February 25, 2017 – Bastet

Bastet tells us that she is reading two books by Neil Gaiman in which there are quite a few tall tales, stories that are so fantastic that they are obviously false.  She says that American folklore is full of tall tales from Paul Bunyan to  Br’er Rabbit and many others in between. She has asked us to write a tall tale in 100 words or, if we prefer poetry, we might like to try a series of shadorma – or perhaps a limerick!

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