Butt-Ugly Beautiful

fa54ceb6-2378-49c3-a736-91c5382d2414As they rounded the corner of the far entrance of the Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park, Craig said, “Look at those trees. They have to be the ugliest trees I’ve ever seen.” Then he whipped out his iPhone and took a picture of the nearest tree.

“What are you doing?” Allison asked.

“I’m taking a picture of this butt-ugly tree and I’m going to post it on Instagram so all of our friends from back east can see it.”

“These trees may be different looking, but that doesn’t make them ugly,” Allison said. “They’re examples of the beautiful balance of nature that God has created. I actually find these trees strangely inviting.”

“Oh come on, Allison,” Craig said. “You’re just goading me into a big discussion about God, aren’t you?”

“Not at all. But unlike you, I do see beauty in that tree. And I am also a fan of Joyce Kilmer.”

“Who’s Joyce Kilmer?”

“He was was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for his short poem titled ‘Trees,’” Allison said.

“I’ve never hear of him or that poem,” Craig said.

Allison started reciting the poem by Kilmer.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (entrance), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tree), Ragtag Daily Prompt (balance), Word of the Day Challenge (create), and Your Daily Word Prompt (inviting).

JusJoJan — Dirty Donnie

Jim Adams, from A Unique Title for Me, suggested today’s word, “dirty,” for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt. The following totally fictional story strangely popped into my head.


“You really have a dirty mind,” Stephanie said, flashing Donald her most seductive smile. “Now go wash your dirty hands so that we can get into bed and do some dirty things.”

“Will you talk dirty tonight while we’re making love?” Donald asked. “I love it when women talk dirty to me.”

“Get your dirty ass into the bathroom and wash those dirty hands of yours real good,” Stephanie said in a stern tone. “But don’t you dare get my towels dirty, though, or I’ll take that Forbes magazine with your picture on the cover and spank you with it.”

“Ooh, that would be a dirty trick, Stephanie,” Donald said. “I love it. And will you do a golden shower on me while I’m lying on the bed.”

“You want me to pee on you?” Stephanie said. “No way, Donald. What do you think I am, some Russian hooker? You bastard. I’m not a hooker, I’m an adult film actress, and don’t you forget it.”

“Okay, fine, don’t be so angry,” Donald said. “But you can never tell anyone about this night. I’m married and my new, immigrant wife just had a baby. Besides, someday I might just run for President of the United States and I can’t have anyone finding out that I slept with a porn star. I’ll have my lawyer, Michael, reach out to you about paying you off to keep quiet.”

“I don’t want any of your dirty money, Donald,” Stephanie said.

“We’re talking six figures,” Donald said.

“Okay, fine,” Stephanie said. “But hand me that Forbes, drop your pants, and bend over the end of the bed. You’ve been a dirty boy and momma’s gonna spank her dirty little Donnie.”1ea3c541-3115-4fa2-b924-7ce14e32e8c4

Twittering Tales — Secret Ingredient

5c56a2dc-bad1-4dde-976d-fdfd8debc055“You’ve been open for barely a month,” Donna said, “but your bakery is a such a success. There is a long line of people waiting outside to come in and buy your cookies.”

“It’s my secret ingredient,” Ann said.

“Which is?”

Ann smiled. “If I told you, it wouldn’t be secret, would it?”

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Oleg Magni at Pexels.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Tree

FOWCWelcome to January 29, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “tree.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.