Tonight Franks is host at the bar where his prompt is Irony.

The challenge is to write an ironical poem on whatever topic you desire and using any style. May the force of ambiguity be with you.

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elixir of life

Emperor reaches for cup

dying to drink it

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In Chinese alchemy, elixir poisoning refers to the toxic effects from elixirs of immortality that contained metals and minerals such as mercury and arsenic. The official Twenty-Four Histories record numerous Chinese emperors, nobles, and officials who ironically died from taking elixirs in order to prolong their lifespans. The first emperor to die from elixir poisoning was likely Qin Shi Huang (d. 210 BCE) and the last was Yongzheng (d. 1735).

Despite common knowledge that immortality potions could be deadly, fangshi and Daoist alchemists continued the elixir-making practice for two millennia.

25 thoughts on “alchemy

  1. Just Barry says:

    Wow. Now I see. This irony writing can be quite tricky! So much was said with brevity, so many ways to interpret. Impressive work.

  2. Charley says:

    Tree frogs read your poem
    Take my laptop back in
    Red wine on back porch

    Or something like that. I love haiku; just don’t do it as well as you. Bravo!

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