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Ahab’s Folly



Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick is a whopping 212,758 words.  My Plotsicle version is 173 words.  You can view other Plotsicles by clicking on the link to the right.  This is linked to One Stop Poetry.



Unsuspecting Ishmael

Decides to go a-sailing

He signs aboard the Pequod

For purposes of whaling


The crew’s a tad bit quirky

The ship’s master’s off his game

His peg leg is of whale bone

Captain Ahab is his name


Harpooner is a strange one

With tattoos from head to toe

Queequeg is the fellow’s name

That is all you want to know


Psychotic Captain Ahab

Is a raving, vengeful prick

Ever since he lost his leg

To the white whale, Moby Dick


Swears that he will sail the world

(He’s certainly no lubber)

To hunt, then kill the giant load

Of pigment-challenged blubber


But Moby turns the tables

When he rams and sinks the boat

Then drags old Ahab under

As they say, that’s all she wrote


Ship and crew are lost at sea

So much for hopes and wishes

If your name’s not Ishmael

You’re sleeping with the fishes


So, why did Melville spare him

From the dreadful monster whale?

Because a guy was needed

To survive and tell the tale


  1. May 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    smiles…the quick and smooth version…of course someone has to tell it to keep us from chasing those whales..metaphorically of course…

  2. May 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Nice write 🙂

  3. May 17, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Nice to hear a story in poem form. I enjoyed your plotsicle!

  4. May 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    This is superb–a wonderfully witty plotsicle–I enjoyed it very much!

  5. earlybird
    May 18, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    This was a good way to start the day – with a smile! I’ve never read the original but I guess now I don’t need to. I particularly enjoyed this turn of phrase: ‘the giant load/Of pigment-challenged blubber’

  6. May 18, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    that must be the reason that his life was spared. 🙂

    loved it.

  7. May 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Hey, you should write Cliff Notes! Or now I guess it’s Spark Notes online! Your version would certainly keep people entertained!

  8. May 18, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    big smiles… joyful poem

  9. May 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I like this much better than the full version.
    Melville sure was wordy. I wanted to hear about the hunt for Moby Dick, not random chapters inserted about whales in general, or whale hunting, or all the stuff that was made from whales. It’s interesting, but he could have left that for AFTER he finished the actual story. I could only get to chapter thirty-three before I gave up.

    • May 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Glad to help…the chapter on the whiteness of the whale was a bit much!

  10. May 19, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    dramatic and cool story.

    check out short story slam today. hope to see your participation.

  11. May 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    “pigment-challenged blubber” haha Great job!

  12. May 19, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    A true favorite of mine this week, you got me in my laugh spot 😉 I love it when that happens! ~ Rose

  13. May 19, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Excellent… thankgoodness Ishmael survived this altercation with the giant load of pigment-challenged blubber…good fun as always!

  14. May 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    smooth, nice rhythm =)

  15. May 22, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    LOL! You’ve save some people a whole lot of reading. 🙂

  16. Liz
    May 22, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    This might just possibly be the cleverest thing that I have ever read … just had to read it to my husband!

    • May 22, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      Thanks…that is quite a compliment!

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