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Hephaestus's Horrid Hiccup

A tautogrammatic, poetic recounting of something that absolutely did not happen

By Donna ReneePublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Hephaestus's Horrid Hiccup
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Hairy hero Hephaestus harrumphs...

How he had hoped his half-Hanoverian, half-Haflinger, horse "Horatio" had held hushed.

However, hope hurriedly hastened hellward.

He halters Horatio,

Hands him hay,

Hydrates himself,

Holds hooves,

Hacks hooves,

Hammers horseshoes,

However, he HICCUPS.....

Hapless Hephaestus heedlessly hurts horse!


Horse "Horatio" hurls heavy Hephaestus!


Headlong heap...

Hephaestus's hot hammer hits Hamlet!

How historically horrific!

Helpless Hamlet's heart heavily harmed...

Hephaestus hastens home, hyperventilating, hobbled,... highly humbled.

"HOLY HELL, Horatio!"





***with apologies to my teacher friends who are cringing right now***

fact or fiction

About the Creator

Donna Renee

Hi! Thanks for reading! My hobbies include making coffee, drinking coffee, and starting to write a story and then rage-deleting it when I get the slightest bit frustrated.


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  • Max Russell2 months ago

    I'm a sucker for anything with Greek myths, and the story here flowed very well, especially considering the alliteration rule. Nice poem!

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Big words , small words, happy h and h words. Wonderfully highlighted h words. Thoroughly enjoyable,

  • Donna Fox2 months ago

    This was great, I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed this read! Thanks for reminding me to smile today!

  • Shane Dobbie2 months ago

    Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.

  • Great job Donna!!! You have a wonderful talent with words.

  • This made me laugh so much! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 You made my day!

  • Ashley Lima2 months ago

    It's amazing how much of a story you were able to tell in this tautogram. Fantastic work!

  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    Better than the one I slapped together in a friend's messenger DMs, that's for certain. Lowkey though, I would like a comedy about everyday living with God's such as Thor, Odin, Neptune, Saturn, Quetzalcoatl, etc. That'd be pretty cool. Something like a remix of "Heaven's Design Team."

  • Marsha Singh2 months ago

    This challenge was made for you! Wow! So imaginative!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    lol. This is great Well done.

  • Holly Pheni2 months ago


  • HAHAHA This was fun

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Haha! Hooray Horatio!

  • Caroline Craven2 months ago

    Ha ha! H-excellent!

  • Roy Stevens2 months ago

    HaHaHa! Not cringing at all, the whingey little Danish prince deserves a good kick from a horse, especially Hephaestus' horse. This is beyond clever Donna; it actually tells a coherent story!

  • Mark Gagnon2 months ago

    Now this one I got! Great job as always.

  • Kelly Robertson2 months ago

    Haha very impressive!!

  • Ahna Lewis2 months ago

    Haha, this is one of my favorites for sure!! My English teacher sensibilities are far from offended. It’s not everyday Hamlet and Hephaestus get to make a cameo in the same poem. 😆

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    This is FANTASTIC and so impressive! What a clever little story- you executed this so well!

  • Deasun T. Smyth2 months ago

    Love the opening line! this was so funny.

  • "with apologies to my teacher friends who are cringing right now"...Nah you good! This was awesomely amazing.

  • Julia Sinton2 months ago

    Oh lovely!

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    So much fun!!! Loved how easily this flowed like a story despite the very rigid rules. Wonderful work!!

  • Abby Kay Mendonca2 months ago

    "How historically horrific!" lol

  • Deirdre St. Croix2 months ago

    Clever and funny!

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