A prompt on Towel Day. Thanks, Douglas Adams, a one of a kind author. He’s up there, laughing at us, at least cosmically speaking. Thanks too, to Chelsea Ann Owens for the promptings.

Big Bang, Bath Towel And Beyond.

Irate ratepayer Arthur Dent was confoundedly annoyed
To find his house and home planet completely destroyed,
Luckily, the one poor excuse of a man Arthur had befriended
Was the perfect guy to accompany him when his world ended.

Ford Prefect was Arthur’s odd friends imperfect name-
A moniker once written oft on many an insurance claim-
Art never imagined his friend to be a bona fide illegal alien,
Born somewhere near Betelgeuse, not remotely mammalien.

Ford, once a wanderin’ scribe before his gig began to unravel
Knew his tenure on Earth was terminating, it’s nigh time to travel.

Ford had an inkling about this harmless planet he was stuck on
That in a twinkling Arthur would ask ‘where on Earth has it gone?’
Intergalactic Developers Inc saw Earth as an impediment to progress,
In their Universal view what harm is there in one itty-bitty bit of dirt less?

Ford, our hapless Intergalactic hitchhiker, earthbound and lost
In desperation stuck out a digital thumb, plus all fingers crossed,
Finding on wakening they had been both uplifted and stown away                                                    And all Arthur’s earthly goods had been spectacularly blown away.

Now all Arthur possessed was his towel slippers and tatty bath robe,
Scant protection for a mere human going up against an alien probe.

 

 

(Hmm, barely made it past chapter one;
Guess Doug’s tales and mine are done,
For to 250 words I’ve been constrained;
Read Doug’s book and be better entertained.)

©Obbverse

3 thoughts on “A prompt on Towel Day. Thanks, Douglas Adams, a one of a kind author. He’s up there, laughing at us, at least cosmically speaking. Thanks too, to Chelsea Ann Owens for the promptings.

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  2. Brian Lageose

    I overuse the word, but this is “brilliant”, as well as admirable. Douglas Adams has been an inspiration for me since college. To this day, when I’m writing, and I’m dancing on the fine edge between successful humor and inexcusable absurdity, I often reflect on what Douglas would think of the passage. If I sense that he would have liked it, I keep going. If not, we delete…

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    1. obbverse Post author

      He truly was a huge talent, gone far too soon. I recall hearing the original radio series when I had to get up dutifully/dronefully for another God-awful early start at Tedium, Banal Little and Inconsequential. Suddenly I had a soul mate- me and Marvin against the world!
      Moving on, I -later- was playing a casette tape of it I’d disinterred from the dusty depths of a wardrobe when my two girls, maybe 7, 8 or so at the time, heard it. It became theirs, their night-time fall- to- sleep tape for quite a while. I’d like to think it helped foster the endearing quirkiness they still have today. Crazy bastids!
      Hmmm, I wonder why they also love ‘Red Dwarf?’
      I understand you using him as a template for quality… what would Douglas do?

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