The Apparition

Side sitting on a bridge“Am I hallucinating or is that girl sitting with her back parallel to the ground on the bridge side rail?” Hal said. “I must be seeing things because she’s defying gravity.”

“What girl?” Rich asked. “I don’t see any girl on that bridge.”

“Dammit, quit bustin’ my chops, Rich,” Hal snapped. “She’s right there, in the middle of the damn bridge. She’s wearing a black dress, she’s barefoot, and she’s blonde and stunningly beautiful. How can you not see her?”

“Wait a minute, Hal, do you hear yourself?” Rich said. “You’re describing Annie.”

“Well, yeah, she does kind of remind me of Annie, but Annie’s gone,” Hal said.

“Yes, she is, Hal,” Rich said. “But you described what she was wearing the day they found her body by the creek. She had on a short black dress and she was barefoot. Jesus, Hal, is this the bridge that runs over the creek where they found her?”

Hal, his eyes most, looked around, turned to look at Rich, and said, “Yeah, I think it is.”

Rich walked up to Hal, put his hand on Hal’s shoulder, and said, “Let me take you home, buddy. Annie’s been gone for a year, and as difficult as it may seem right now, you need to move on with your life.”

The two men started walking away when Hal took one last look back at the bridge. The girl was still sitting on the bridge rail in that impossible position. She looked up, smiled and waved at Hal, and then slowly faded away until she completely disappeared.

“Thanks for being a pal,” Hal said to Rich. “I think I’m going to be okay now.”F6B87DF2-9ECB-42EC-9C47-7A9EA6A344E5

Written for this week’s What Do You See? Prompt from Sadje at Keep It Alice. Photo credit: Island perspective by Chloe Smith.

Fake Views

6C6612CD-9627-4020-9606-38178B2499D4Despite the overwhelming evidence against Donald Trump, he still manages to garner the staunch support of most Republican voters. The number of Americans who continue to approve of Trump remains largely static, at about 40% overall. But in a CNN poll last week, only 10% of Republicans said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 89% of Republicans approved of the job he’s doing. What?

Republicans in Congress have been briefed by U.S. intelligence officials who informed the senators and their aides that Russia has engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election. This is not fake news. And yet these Republicans continue to cling to that false narrative in order to protect Trump and to deflect the charges that will likely lead to his impeachment. They are unabashedly promoting fake views to the American people.

Do these Republicans in Congress actually believe what they are saying in public? I can’t understand how, for the good of the nation, they continue to wage war on the truth and the facts. Are they hoping that, with the passage of time between now and the elections next November, the American public will either ignore or forget Trump’s abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and his attempts, for his own personal and political benefit, to extort the newly elected president of Ukraine?

Or maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m the fool who is trying to chase after some oasis of truth in the middle of this barren political desert only to find that it’s merely a mirage.

I guess time will tell.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (staunch), Daily Addictions (number, chase), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wage), Ragtag Daily Prompt (passage), and Word of the Day Challenge (oasis).

Photo Challenge — This Little Light of Mine

Bookend lightThis is really quite depressing. They laugh at me. Call me a lightweight. Say that all I am good for is being a bookend for books I can’t even comprehend.

How can they be so cruel? I don’t deserve this, you know. I may not be the brightest bulb, but I do my job. It’s not easy sitting here all day long, mostly by myself. Why can’t they see and appreciate that I’m holding up my end. I’m doing my part and you don’t hear me complaining, do you?

Can you imagine what would happen if I left my post? I’ll tell you what would happen. Everything would be askew. Nothing would line up. Instead of order, there would be chaos. Things would be fall apart, that’s what would happen.

But fine. Let them laugh if they want to. Let them mock me. Someday they’ll be sorry. Someday, I’ll suffer a burnout from doing this thankless job day in and day out. And then they’ll be left sitting here in the dark.

Then they’ll miss me and the little bit of light I bring into their pathetic lives. That’s when they’ll see that I’m the one who was keeping everything together. That’s when they’ll appreciate what I did for them. That’s when they will miss this little light of mine and how I let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Written for this week’s Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: Winsome Woods.

FOWC with Fandango — Wage

FOWCWelcome to November 26, 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 “wage.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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