Wordsworth

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Read­ers were in­vited to cre­ate a slo­gan that might en­tice alien vis­i­tors into buy­ing real es­tate on Earth. Kaye Ben­netts of Whanga­paraoa writes: This bar­ren land is yours to let./You may have the so­lu­tion/For us on Earth. Let’s hope you can/Live with our pol­lu­tion.

Auck­land’s Rex McGre­gor: Planet Earth’s a hid­den gem./We re­ally make the grade./We in­vite all aliens to in­vest,/ But please do not in­vade. Bay of Plenty’s David Wort: Don’t worry, he is not our leader,/ That rant­ing or­ange bot­tom­feeder./Buy here, where no one re­ally rules,/And pol­i­tics is left to fools.

Ro­torua’s Kate Gore: The peo­ple will greet you/With fond ado­ra­tion./ They are sure to ig­nore/Your strange col­oration.

Daphne Tobin of Poirirua: Wel­come to Earth. Please take a look around./

Our houses are su­perb – just ig­nore the shaky ground. Ben Tombs of Kerik­eri: Wel­come to the planet Earth./We hope you come and stay./ The cli­mate’s very pleas­ant,/Get­ting hot­ter ev­ery day.

Richard Cameron of Hamil­ton: Warmer than Mars,/Cooler than Venus./ If you’ve come from afar,/You’ll be happy you’ve seen us. Peter Kelly of Christchurch: This hab­it­able world is in a Goldilocks lo­ca­tion,/With var­ied liv­ing zones but re­quir­ing ren­o­va­tion./It would suit off-worlders of the DIY per­sua­sion.

But Mark Elk­ing­ton of Blen­heim is the win­ner: Stun­ning scenery, beau­ti­ful views,/An oa­sis amongst the stars./As-is, where-is./(We’re re­lo­cat­ing to Mars.)

For the next con­test, send in a verse of four lines or fewer, be­gin­ning with Shake­speare’s Shall I com­pare thee to a … Rhyming is not com­pul­sory. En­tries, for the prize be­low, close at noon, Thurs­day, Au­gust 31.

Sub­mis­sions: wordsworth@lis­tener.co.nz or Wordsworth, NZ Lis­tener, Pri­vate Bag 92512, Welles­ley St, Auck­land 1141. Please in­clude your ad­dress.

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