Velvet Verbosity~100 Word Challenge~Whistling

The steam train, with thick black smoke billowing from the engine, sped through the countryside. As we approached a tunnel the engine driver pulled a chain and set off a piercing whistle. The lazy cattle grazing in the field looked up startled, some stampeded away from the noise. We stopped for water at a whistle-stop. Another blast of the whistle that masked a shot from the train as the wounded guard toppled backwards. The great train robbery was under way. A horseman galloped along beside the train and retrieved a black bag, thrown from the train. The police moved in.


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For today’s prompt, write a message poem. Messages can be delivered in a variety of ways: postcard, e-mail, text message, letter in a bottle, smoke signals, secret codes, jumbotron proposals, etc. Also, messages themselves can be simple, complicated, nice, mean, happy, sad, and so on. Get at it!


Written by John Yeo


Gomera Island’s cliffs and valleys are sheer,

Rock-faces that separate the neighbours.

In days of yore

Many years before

Electronic communication


A whistling language developed,

From valley to valley you would hear

When danger threatened

Or help was required

Whistling messages sounding clear.


A language of instant communication 

Was employed from valley to valley.

Hello! I am here.

The personal whistle 

Was heard and understood.


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All rights reserved.