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Astral Gibbon Cub

(for National Scrabble Day)

I'm stuck in a game of Scrabble
and I don't know how to get out!
The game just isn't going well
and so I'm scrabbling about,
trying to find a winning word
without committing fouls,
but that is pretty hard to do
because I've got no vowels!
Do you think VRCX would do,
or FXGG would count?
I know that they're not valid words,
but they'd score a nice amount!
Wait - there are two-letter words
that also score quite well.
Maybe EX or XI or XU
will get me out of this hell.
Oh no. Just when I thought that things
could not get any worse,
I've only gone and picked the Q;
oh consonants, disperse!
Right, that's it... now I'm chucking in
and scoring big fat zero.
I have no U, but that's OK,
these words could be my hero:
there's qaid, qat, qin, faqir and qoph;
the last one is a saviour,
to help me catch up quite a bit;
such devious behaviour!
Oh yes! I've now got AEINRST
which is THE best combination,
for making loads of bingos
and for point accumulation.
are there, and plenty more,
to help me with my score.
Well, NOW the game is looking up
and feeling more like fun.
And, suddenly, no letters left—
I've only gone and won!!
Written by Wafflenose (Ellie)
Author's Note
I was born on National Scrabble Day, and love it!
All writing remains the property of the author. Don't use it for any purpose without their permission.
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