100WW — The Siren’s Song

F69C3D62-3099-425D-89C7-2B17E3960BAEIt was enigmatic to hear the sound of a saxophone emanating from deep inside the forest. As if hearing a siren’s song, I was inexplicably drawn to the sound.

I slowly made my way to the source of the music and saw a solitary man in a clearing, staring into the distance, playing the saxophone. He either didn’t notice me or chose to ignore me. He just continued to play.

I walked up to him and tapped his arm. He stopped playing, looked at me, and said, “I am your last resort.”

I was filled with fear. It was surreal.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (enigmatic), The Daily Spur (resort), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fear), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (surreal).

In Other Words — Hello Kitty


Hello there little kitty.

You are so damn cute and pretty.

Would you like to come home with me?

So that you won’t be left alone and lonely.

Oh, you’d rather scratch the shit out of me!

In other words

Written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “hello.” Photo credit: Adina Voicu from Pixabay.

Shear Madness

F69C392F-9B93-4C55-8672-D5F8E65E6F58Sam was Pharaoh’s head shepherd. He loved his job and was very good at it. But one day, when Pharaoh was surveying his flock, Pharaoh noticed that one of his sheep was in desperate need of being sheared. Pharaoh found Sam and said, “What’s with that wooly sheep, Sam? Take care of it!”

Sam went to see his number two head shepherd. “Matty,” Sam said, “Pharaoh is not at all pleased to see all that wool on that very wooly sheep. Take care of it!”

“Yes sir, right a way sir,” Matty said, and he went to find his assistant, Hatty. When he found her, Matty told Hatty “Get you someone really to pull the wool with you.”

“But, Matty,” Hatty said, “let’s don’t take no chance. That wooly sheep is a bully. He won’t let no one with a pair of shears get anywhere near him.”

“Then I’ll have to do it myself,” Matty said. “Get me a pair of shears.”

The two of them approached the wooly bully, but when the sheep saw them getting near to it, it stated to charge them. “Here it comes, here it comes,” yelled Hatty. “Watch it now, it’ll get you.”

Matty and Hatty ran away from the sheep before it could ram them. They went and found Sam to tell him that they were unable to shear the wooly bully.

Sam was pissed. “Give me the damn shears,” he said. “If you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself,” he muttered, and he went off to find that stupid wooly bully.

That was the last time anyone ever saw Sam. The shears were found in a field and the wooly bully was standing on the crest of a hill.

When Pharaoh found about about what happened to Sam, he was livid. “This is shear madness,” he bellowed. “I always knew that Sam was a sham!”

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro
Hey! Wooly bully, watch it now, watch it.
Here it comes, here it comes.
Watch it now, it’ll get you.
Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw.
Had two big horns and a wooly jaw.
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.
Hatty told Matty,
“Let’s don’t take no chance.
Let’s not be L-seven, come and learn to dance.”
Wooly bully, wooly bully
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.
Watch it now, watch it, watch it!
YEAHHHH! Jive, jive!
Matty told Hatty,
“That’s the thing to do.
Get you someone really to pull the wool with you.”
Wooly bully, wooly bully.
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.
Watch it now, watch it, here it comes!
You got it, you got it.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Julien Tabet. And thanks to Jim Adams for spurring me to write this post.

One-Liner Wednesday — The Unfortunate Truth


“We are not going to solve America’s gun problems in half an hour, but we’ll probably do more than Congress.”

Host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, a comedian from South Africa and host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has a nightly (Monday through Thursday nights) 30 minute political comedy talk show. The line above is how he opened his show this past Monday night in the aftermath of the heinous mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.

It was intended to be a joke, but, sadly, there is a lot of truth in what he said.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #35

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question, I am going to leverage a comment that one of my followers made on one of my posts. He wrote, in response to the lyrics of a song I posted, “You might say that we shouldn’t apply today’s standards to history, but I disagree.”4961E034-9D24-4249-A85C-62E09CA6F6F8This got me thinking about the positions former US Senator, former Vice President, and current Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden took decades ago on issues such as busing, at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with respect to Anita Hill’s allegation of sexual harassment, on criminal justice laws, etc.

It also called to mind what was just revealed about a telephone conversation that former President Ronald Reagan had with Richard Nixon, in which Reagan said, “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”

So the provocative question this week is this:

Do you believe public figures (e.g., politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors) — or anyone, actually — should be judged by today’s standards for their words or actions from decades earlier? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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.

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