Chuck Audette

Rookie - 59 Points (Poetry Hell, Vermont)

The Hunt For Red October - Poem by Chuck Audette

a ping rings so slight
off our submarine hull
faces go white
this isn't a drill

the skipper regards us
with a look that is hard
says 'Who dared to bring
their damn credit card? '

'Please sir, it's me sir'
I step forward and 'fess
'You fool! ' he hissed
Your payments you've missed! '

'We'll be drowned in high fees
snagged in red tape
we'll never get free
with their new interest rates! '

'Dive deep! ' he commands
'We're in hot water now!
But we'll try to escape
their collections so foul! '

The pinging grows louder
we sweat and we fret
their intent is avowed
to collect on the debt

Then explosions begin
our position looks bleak
Final notices pour in
through thousands of leaks

'that's the end of us lads
we'll sink no more barges
It seems they are dropping
those bloody late charges! '

The Captain eyes me
bills up to his waist
growls 'this wouldn't have happened
if you'd paid with due haste! '

'Pardon me, Sir' I gasp
in our pocket of air
'these aren't my bills
- that's YOUR name here'

(hope you liked this poetic sub mission, er.. submission!)

Comments about The Hunt For Red October by Chuck Audette

  • John Mccullagh (1/23/2010 10:15:00 AM)

    I cannot fathom how you come up with these poems- you're plumbing new debts!

    Very good- possible Capital one commercial material
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  • (5/2/2007 9:16:00 PM)

    That took a long, long time to get there,
    but when it did - - - it was explosive!
    I'm not sure that that came out as the
    compliment that it was meant to be!

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  • (12/15/2006 11:24:00 AM)

    You need help, chuck...thank goodness. You can account on me any time...due reward for the laughs :)
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  • (4/29/2006 9:25:00 AM)

    Chuck, this is SO very funny and pleasing all at once! ! ! How do you do it? ! ? '...those bloody late charges! ' - love this (vs. 'depth charges') and really, all of it, as a submarine fan and hater of bills! Such a wacky setting - it's the dream commercial for a credit counselling organization as no one would take their eyes or ears off it! Next, we'll find you writing for TV and film, comedians and - well, draw the line at the politicos, won't you? From a diehard fan! Esther : ] (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2006 11:24:00 AM)

    Oh how I relate! A great poem Chuck.
    Anna xxx
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  • (4/21/2006 1:24:00 PM)

    Great 'Slam Poetry' to the plastic money institutions. We'd all best disembark these plastic ships or we may go down with the Captian there. Clever and suspenseful rhyming. Barb (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2006 12:10:00 PM)

    How low can these Banks go,
    with their depth charges so high?
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 21, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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