Friday Fictioneers — A Masterpiece

08801EF6-1D9B-48FF-978D-6677314940B9“I’ll bite,” Miranda said. “What is it?”

“It’s my masterpiece,” Malcolm answered.

“Okay. But what is it?” Miranda asked again.

“I call it ‘Waste Not, Want Not,’” he responded. “It’s ecologically and environmentally friendly. I’m sending a message about recycling and reusing things and turning it all into art.”

“It looks like you’ve stacked seven shipping pallets on top of one another and filled them with broken Spanish roofing tiles, some cracked clay flower pots, sticks, and some pieces of copper tubing,” Miranda said, “with a few bunches of grass on top.”

“Exactly,” Malcolm said proudly. “‘Waste Not, Want Not.’”

(100 words)


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Sandra Crook.

25 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — A Masterpiece

  1. James August 3, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I remember many decades ago in Berkeley, seeing the empty engine compartment of some old truck filled with dirt and flowers. Very creative. A lot of people here in Southwestern Idaho want to replace traditional lawns with native plant species, which would use less water (though we almost never experience drought conditions) and be more friendly to local birds, small animals, and insects.

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    • Fandango August 3, 2018 / 7:36 am

      “Art” is in the eye of the beholder. Two years ago I made my small backyard “drought resistant.”

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  2. pennygadd51 August 3, 2018 / 7:22 am

    Malcolm needs to listen to Miranda. She has a great eye for detail that will help his creative art no end – even though she herself lacks any artistic creativity whatsoever. I like the way you use your story to describe two very different personalities who nevertheless are compatible.

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    • Fandango August 3, 2018 / 7:50 am

      Thanks. Yes, they do have very different perspectives, don’t they.

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  3. neilmacdon August 3, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Dirt is just matter out of place. And the decision as to what’s out of place, changes with time and location

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  4. Alex August 3, 2018 / 8:55 am

    Ha! Ha! I found this one to be very humorous. And they do something similar here, in the public gardens on a smaller scale: Bee hotels they’re called. 😉

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  5. Varad August 3, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Couple of years ago, there was this guy who came to the hair dresser where I was getting a hair cut to purchase some hair. He said it was for his art.

    Us muggles can’t get them, can we?

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  6. bethlovesblue August 3, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    This morning, over breakfast I was studying the picture prompt and I asked my husband what he thought it was… his answer was very similar to Miranda’s. Ha!

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  7. cagedunn August 3, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    If it were in Australia, I’d call it a stingless bee (indigenous) apartment block

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  8. granonine August 4, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. I have a hard time seeing anything but piled up junk, but there sure have been a lot of creative stories that it engendered 🙂

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  9. Iain Kelly August 5, 2018 / 12:06 am

    I’m with Malcolm – even if he doesn’t realise he’s helping nature along the way with his ‘art’.

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  10. Dale August 5, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Miranda just doesn’t have much imagination, does she? 🙂

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