A is for…Apples Eating Zebras (#AtoZ)

Here is my first post for the #AtoZChallenge for April 2022, my first time participating as I’m relatively new to the blogging world. I’m looking forward to engaging with more of this wonderful community through this challenge. For those that don’t know me, I’m a writer/illustrator/blogger based in Shanghai, China. You can learn more about me here.

My title and theme for this challenge is “Seriously Silly Poetry” in recognition of April being poetry month and also wanting to do something fun and playful to celebrate spring. Seriously Silly Poetry will include poems from A to Z that are inspired by the child in me and other creatives that celebrate childhood (such as Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, etc.). All of the poetry and illustrations will be creations from me. Most will be original creations for this series, but from time to time I will pull from one of my illustrated books or earlier posts if it fits with the theme.

I hope you enjoy this series. Welcome to Monty’s Blahg!


This post is a repost of a fairly recent poem and I hesitated to use this as the first post, but it’s so perfect for the theme I couldn’t help myself. My original thought was to use this poem and illustration for a new picture book for children, but my son pointed out that the language might be a bit to advanced for that purpose. However, its still fun and playful and most importantly I love it! So here it is.


Apples Eating Zebras

by Monty Vern

a Golden Shovel from “Ars Poetica” by Archibald MacLeish

Apples eating zebras and z’s to a

I cobble together words in a poem

Making nonsense I should not but should

Gobble up wobbles and play vocab tricks to be

Escaping tricky corners with palpable

Tight and twisty turns and

Flamboyant gestures of an eloquent mute

Breaking forms with made-up rhymes as

A wanna-be poet throwing a

Bucket of colorful words upon a globed

Canvas and calling it a bowl of fruit.


Be well,

Monty

46 Comments

  1. afsha says:

    I hope I am commenting on the right post ? ! Firstly I LOVE UR blog name – Monty’s Blahg. I am a fellow writer and content creator too by profession. Welcome to A to Z from a fellow poet 😉 and anything to string words and present it as a fruit bowl is worth applause. All the best – https://afshan-shaik.blogspot.com/

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks Afsha! I appreciate the read and feedback. I’ll be sure to check out your blog too:-)

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  2. Welcome to the AtoZ – I hope you have a wonderful time. I love this part of your poem the most:
    “A wanna-be poet throwing a
    Bucket of colorful words upon a globed
    Canvas and calling it a bowl of fruit.”
    Brings up such lovely imagery and made me smile. Thank you.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings: YouTube – What They Don’t Tell You

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks Tasha! I really appreciate your read and feedback!

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  3. Monty Vern says:

    I checked out your “A” post as well. I think I successfully commented although it didn’t show up immediately.

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  4. Welcome to your first A-Z!
    Looking forward to read more of your seriously silly poetry!

    Hopping in from the A-Z community,
    Dream

    Anguish

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks! Coming over to check out your post now!

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  5. Dave Roller says:

    Excellent poem. I am also using poetry for the A to Z challenge this year, A to Z limericks and today’s limerick while new to my blog is recycled from my facebook page from 8 years ago. I will be writing many new limericks exclusively for the challenge.

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Nice!! I’ll check yours out. Thanks for the read and feedback. Good to have a fellow poet to follow!

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  6. This definitely qualifies as silly–and fun!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much Jacqui! 🤪

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  7. Monty – welcome to the A to Z challenge and to the blogsphere. You fit in so well with great poetry and art. Looking forward to getting to know you better. I veered off from poetry this year and posting a story that I wrote while I spent several summers in Ukraine. Enjoy the month.
    https://moondustwriter.wordpress.com/2022/04/01/authors-ukraine-fiction-atozchallenge/

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the read and the welcome. I oscillate between writing poetry, prose, and illustration/art. I just go where the muse pulls and I find it fun (and therapeutic). Coming over to read your piece now.

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  8. Arlee Bird says:

    Welcome to the A to Z Challenge. Hope you find it as rewarding as I have over the many years I’ve done it. You’ve started things off very appropriately.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out Battle of the Bands

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much Arlee! I’m coming over to check your post now.

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  9. John Holton says:

    Good start to the challenge! Hope it goes as smoothly for the rest…

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  10. I’m delighted to have made my way here on the first day of the challenge – I’m so glad your playing. So much to love here! Fun poem, super fabulous illustration, and a golden shovel. How does it get better than that? Wishing you a fun challenge!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Aww! You made my day with this feedback!!! Thank you so much 😊

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  11. Wonderful first post! I hope you enjoy the challenge!

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  12. Rosie says:

    Fun! Glad you joined the A-to-Z Challenge, too.

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks Rosie!

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  13. LOL! That was fun! 🙂 Welcome to A to Z!

    anna
    https://blog.annatsp.com/2022/04

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks Anna. Coming over now to check out your post.

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  14. A great start of the challenge and a very creative drawing! 😀

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much!

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  15. ddeepa says:

    Welcome to the blogging world, you’ll love it here! I admire you folks who can simply take words and make poetry (be it serious or silly, romantic or sad, deep or funny!) – so hang around and keep blogging! Nice to see your A-Zs, will keep hopping around a bit reading more!
    Cheers,
    Deepa from FictionPies

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks Deepa! I appreciate your encouragement.

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  16. kristin says:

    Wondering if your illustration is a print of some kind.

    https://findingeliza.com/archives/36063

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Hi Kristen – the illustration is an original digital art piece that I created. I’ve actually used it as the cover of my book that includes all of the poems from this series. But I haven’t made it available as a print or anything as yet.

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  17. Hi! I’m visiting from April A to Z roadtrip! The apple and zebra illustration is so cool!! I’ll have to check out a few of your other poems!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Aww. Thank you so much! Appreciate your stopping by for a visit and letting me know. 🙂

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  18. joyweesemoll says:

    Fun poem to honor A to Z! I’m visiting for the A to Z Road Trip.

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by on your road trip!

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  19. David Roller says:

    Visiting from the A to Z Road Trip. I see that I have already commented on this post. I have read some of your poems from the challenge. My favorite so far is Don’t Worry. https://dave-homeschooldad.blogspot.com/2022/06/to-live-each-day.html

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much for your visit! I’ll stop by your site soon.

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  20. Stopping by from the A to Z Road Trip. I especially like your illustration!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks for visiting!!

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  21. jlennidorner says:

    Very fun poem! I’m glad you joined the challenge.
    Stopping by from the A to Z ROAD TRIP!
    “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

    I recently completed the Bout of Books readathon and the latest WEP flash fiction.
    Fun fact: August is the only name of a month that’s also a popular name among 👶 baby boys.

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much! Sorry just found this comment in my spam folder.

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