America Torn Apart

It’s been a while since I created a multiple prompt post, but today’s one word prompts, “justice,” “context,” “respect,” “yarn,” “curfew,” and “city” just seemed to fit into the context of what is going on in America these days.

Most of last week and continuing this week as well, city after city has imposed curfews in order to get those demonstrating over the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last Monday off the streets. The people who are protesting are screaming for justice for African Americans and other minorities at the hands of white policemen.

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful until the president, spinning unfounded yarns about left wing extremists, like Antifa, created chaos. And then, showing no respect for the very American right to assemble, to demonstrate, and to protest, Trump called upon the police to get tough on the protestors. As if they needed that encouragement.

1069BE08-336B-4525-8169-D7291FD1C6E3He called up the military in the nation’s capital, and ordered them to use of tear gas and rubber bullets against Americans demonstrating outside the White House so that he could safely walk across the street to stand in front of a church holding up a bible for a photo op.

He tweeted out words designed to fan the flames, and threatened to attack the demonstrators with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” He told governors to “dominate” the protesters, and posted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

And by the way, in case you forgot, the U.S. now has almost 1.9 millions coronavirus cases and more than 108,000 deaths.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (context), jibberjabber (city), Ragtag Daily Prompt (curfew), Your Daily Word Prompt (justice), Fandango’s One-Word Prompt (yarn), and Word of the Day Challenge (respect). Photo credit: Patrick Semansky / AP.

What Do You See? — Always Smile

74491B82-B995-4AD6-B725-7AB6D913CDEAHe placed her old, yellowing map on the kitchen island counter and spread it out. He put her camera and camera bag on one side of the brittle map to keep it from curling up on itself. Then he placed three of the photos she had kept with the map and camera. One of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. One of the Colosseum in Rome. One of a unnamed boulevard in New York City.

Each photo was taken by her best friend, Pony Brown, who was a world traveler and who, from the cities she visited, would mail to his mom picture postcard-like photographs, most with “always smile, Pony Brown” printed on the white border at the bottom.

His mother confessed that her bucket list was to visit some of the places Pony had been to, with Paris, Rome, and New York at the top of the list. She joked that she planned to take her camera and visit these three cities “if I don’t kick the bucket first.”

Sadly, she did kick the bucket before she had a chance to fulfill her dream. On her death bed, she whispered in her son’s ear, “Take my camera and go to Paris, Rome, and New York. Take pictures like these. Do what I was unable to do. I will be there with you, my darling little boy. I will experience my adventure through your eyes and your heart. I want us both to always smile. For eternity.”

And then she drew her final breath.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? photo prompt. Photo credit: DariuszSankowski at

FOWC with Fandango — Yarn

FOWCWelcome to June 2, 2020 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 “yarn.”

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.