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Troubling Times

Tales too threatening to tell to timid types.

By John Oliver SmithPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in Tautogram Challenge
Turn, turn, turn - there's time to talk.

Trusted troops - they turn the tide,

Testament to the truly tried.

Troublesome, tempted, too terrified,

To tell the tales they've televised.

_____Travelling time, twid’ling thumbs.

Tortured thoughts. The tired toes,

Trying to test these, that, those -

Too tender to touch, to transpose.

_____Taking troops to timeless tombs.

Tip-toe through the tulips today.

Tomorrow – trudge through tissue tamed.

Twisted torsos there to test – they

Take that, that they’ve time to trade.

_____Twitching thumbs to travel time.

Tinkering too timelessly there,

To tread the tracks, to trace the tears.

Therefore, thicken’d through thoughts, through tiers,

_____Tossing tired troops through time.

Though, today the teary troops transform,

To theologians trashedly torn,

To teachers turning trees to thorns.

To terr’rists toppling tainted thrones.

_____Twitching, travelling, twisting tones.

Tomorrow turns tormented tales,

Tales too tatter’d, tinged to tell.

Those tales that troops testify they’ll

_____Text to touchpad telephones.

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About the Creator

John Oliver Smith

Baby, son, brother, child, student, collector, farmer, photographer, player, uncle, coach, husband, student, writer, teacher, father, science guy, fan, coach, grandfather, comedian, traveler, chef, story-teller, driver, regular guy!!

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  • John Oliver Smith (Author)12 months ago

    Supposedly, this poem was a runner-up in the Tautogram Challenge, which entitled me to a $25 prize. That was nearly 2 months ago and as of yet, I have not received any money or notice about how to claim the money. Do I need to apply or fill out a form? If someone from Vocal sees this comment, please contact me and let me know. Thanks!!

  • Kristen Balyeatabout a year ago

    Wow, this was very touching, honoring and emotional! Fantastic job, John! Congrats on your placement in the challenge!

  • Deanna Fratusabout a year ago

    This was great. I could feel the the emotion building as I read. Nice work.

  • Denise Larkinabout a year ago

    Outstanding tautogram. It flowed so graciously telling your story. Congrats on runner up.

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a year ago

    Amazing! From graphic to subtlety, this flowed so well, I forgot for a moment I was still reading a tautogram! Congrats!

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Congratulations on runner up!!!

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