Mission of Mercenary

The month of October has been designated OctPoWriMo, or October Poetry Writing Month. According to my friend and poet, Beth Camp, the idea is to write a poem every day for the month of October.

I don’t know much about writing poetry. I love Shakespeare’s plays, and I know what iambic pentameter is. I admire many of the poets I’ve had the pleasure to get to know, either through their works or in person.

Now for the caveat: unless you count winning a spot reading at Auntie’s for the Spokesman-Review limerick contest, my poetry writing is non-existent. Until today. This poem, which I chose to call “Mission of Mercenary,” is a feeble attempt to participate for one day in OctPoWriMo (please don’t tell my poet friends) and to finally enter the blog battle Rachael Ritchie hosts on her blog every month. By the way, this month’s blog battle word is “clone.” So here goes.

Mission of Mercenary

Commando clones,
Faded facsimiles of the
Original individual who is
Forever forgotten,

Employ disappearing drones,
Disruptive duplicates
Destined to decimate

A colony in the
Constellation Cassiopeia.

Teetering thrones,
Tenanted by a
Special species,

Divided by their differences
And doomed to die,
They pause to plead for

The attackers advance,
Determined to destroy
The indigenous inhabitants,
Whose fatal flaw is that
They are not identical.

Advocates for the adoption
Of the doctrine of diversity
Unintentionally create more clones.


  1. Sounds exciting! The title is as catchy as the poetry, and the ending makes me want to paraphrase Robert Burns: The best made plans of mice and men oft get screwed up. Hope to see more of your work here on Blog Battle!

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    1. Thanks, Rachael. In my Emily Trace series of books, I have aliens who all look alike (clones), and I have at least one evil drone with a cloaking device. My current work in progress is about the human genome project of the late 1990s. At that time, the sheep known as Dolly was cloned, and there was a highly-charged debate over cloning human beings. All of those (and more) are referred to in the poem.

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      1. Ahhhh, I can see all that now. šŸ™‚ Thanks, the explanation makes it even more powerful. I find cloning a fascinating topic of debate in the world of science and ethics. I do remember Dolly and all the hubbub around that time period.

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      2. It was well-received. Linda had somewhere between 15-20 people there. I had a handout, which I also put on my website (password protected) and talked quite a bit about why I do the things I do when I format in Microsoft Word. I got to visit with several people after the meeting and, most importantly, I had fun and people said the information was helpful. It’s gratifying to think that I actually helped someone. By the way, your Blog Battle is a lot of fun. I’ll have to do it again.

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      3. You are such a kind and knowledgeable AND talented person, Sue. I’m not surprised it went well. šŸ™‚ I’m glad to hear it! We want you to keep coming back and sharing your creativity!


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