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Planet Kazoom

by Radrook

While attempting to land on Kazoom

I engaged retrorockets too soon

and landed  alone

in fields of pure stone

at Approx a full quarter to noon.


Scattered rocks were all perfectly round.

There were seismic-type grooves on the ground

and some quaint little fellows

with faces bright yellow

while the rest of their bodies were brown.


With crimson, coarse hair to their shoulders,

they followed from boulder to boulder.

Since I had no blaster

I started walk faster.

Felt my blood flowing colder and colder.


The little chaps stalked me you see,

in groups of a four and of three.

So I broke into run

under alien sun

and I heard them all chuckling with glee!


In the distance my ship was awaiting.

My heart in my chest palpitating

So I hit second gear

and became rocketeer

and was splattered against the ships grating.


So I hit second-gear and all of them cheered

as i splattered against the ship's grating.



The stanzas are written in what is called Limerics

the beat pattern is 






The word "Grating" rhymes with "palpitating".

The word "see"maintains the conversational style I intended.

I originally misspelled "coarse" as "course".



Please note that retrorockets are not spaceships. They are part of a spaceship.

The expression blood running cold is and idiomatic expression. Idiomatic expressions aren’t meant to be taken literally. If they were, they would be nonsensical.

make (one's) blood run cold

To cause one to feel frightened or unnerved. The screams coming from the old, dark house made my blood run cold. That gruesome scene in the new horror movie made our blood run cold.

Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make your blood run cold or make your blood freeze

If something makes your blood run cold or makes your blood freeze, it frightens or shocks you very much. The rage in his eyes made her blood run cold. It makes my blood run cold to think what this poor, helpless child must have gone through. Note: You can also simply say that your blood runs cold or your blood freezes. Then his blood froze. For there in the crowd was the one face he didn't want to see.

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Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:12 am
FantasyWriter76 wrote a review...

This was a great poem, and I encourage you to do more. Before I carry on, I'll introduce myself. I'm FantasyWriter76, but that was obvious. So time to review this piece.

I liked how this story makes sure you know what everything looks like, which I like because I'll sometimes have trouble imagining scenes that I'm not putting in a story of my own. I also liked how you used limericks for this poem, unlike just a normal poem that is easier to just pull out of your mind.

I thought you could maybe edit the end, which I'm not sure if it was intentional to put:

"So I hit second-gear and all of them cheered

as I splattered against the ship's grating."

which was already conveyed in the last verse.

Overall, a great poem I had fun reading! Thanks for this experience, fellow writer! 4 perfectly round rocks out of 5.


Radrook says...

Thanks for the review. Glad to know you enjoyed the read. Will give serious consideration to your suggestions. Thanks for the help.

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Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:43 pm
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manilla wrote a review...

This has been in the green room for too long!


Hi, Manilla here for a quick review. Let's get on it, shall we?

"While attempting to land on Kazoom"

It's implied that Kazoom is a planet in the title, but you could choose to define it here in this line.

"I engaged retro-rockets too soon"

Once again, it's probably just me, but you don't mention the other ships besides just one later in the poem...

"Felt my blood flowing colder and colder."

The action of flowing does not require a temperature, but the blood itself can! :)


Yeah, I'm out of nitpicks. I thought this poem had a great description of things with a "Shel Silverstein"-like feel. And the poem ends with the narrator splattering against the ships grating. Fun :')

The little chaps stalked me you see,

in groups of a four and of three.

So I broke into run

under alien sun

and I heard them all chuckling with glee!"

This stanza I like. A lot, for some reason I can't pinpoint. Thanks for adding the addendum and things below it for our information, by the way.

Anyways - Keep it up, Radrook.
-Manilla out
(Feel free to disregard any comment you deem unhelpful or rude. It was not my intention.)

Radrook says...

Don't know how this review escaped my attention! Thanks for the feedback. Some of the concerns you mention are explained in the addendum. :)

manilla says...

No problem :)

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:10 am
EverLight wrote a review...

Please feel free to ignore my advice, it is not intended to hurt you or your poem and is not meant to undermine your story and no puns are intended to hurt or offend you or to be mean you best excuse them. ( All puns are my humur bubbling on top) That said . . .
1 Flow & Style
Your style was out of this world, however your flow was otherwordly. It seemed to choppy, somehow. No offense of course. Some things I could see:

and was splattered against the ships grating.

That grating seemed to edgy, like it didn't fit. More so because there was no rhyming words preceeding it.

The little chaps stalked me you see,

Nothing wrong with the word see, and I have nothing personal against it, but I think it would sound better without it.

2. Grammar & Spelling
Your grammar was excellent but I noticed a spelling mistake-I think, when you say

course hair to their shoulders I think you meant coarse.
Oh one last thing during that last line you accidentally left your I un-capitalized.

3.Over all and encouragment
I loved it great job! Keep up the work. I noticed no other problems.

Radrook says...

Thanks or the spelling correction.
Besides that I see no need to change anything else.

Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
— Matthew 12:25