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Donal Mahoney


Another Thrilla In Manilla


Two consonants can kill each other
if they have no vowel between them
poised to stop the mayhem.

Consider the word 'cacophony.'
The first 'c' may kill the second 'c'
if the 'a' between them runs away.

Linguists claim some day consonants
without a vowel between them may
create another Thrilla in Manilla.

Boxing fans still talk about the first
Thrilla in Manilla, the final bout between
Smokin' Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.

In the eighth round, Frazier's corner man,
Eddie Futch, threw in the towel,
fearing for Frazier's life.

Ali said the hurricane of Frazier's blows
almost killed him as well.
Linguists fear fists may fly between all

consonants without a vowel between them.
Since consonants don't have a corner man,
look for death to occur in 'accommodation.'

Submitted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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