Sunday Writing Prompt — Poetic Justice

When I was but a young lad
I had a crush on a girl who lived on my block
She would mark up her sidewalk with chalk
In order to play hopscotch
A game whose premise I never quite got
But I enjoyed watching her leaping from spot to spot
And then bending over to pick up a rock

I once asked her if she’d teach me the game
And she responded in a collegial way
But I could never quite manage to hop properly
And she told me I was too heavy on my feet
So I ran home and returned with a bucket of water
That I poured over her chalk hopscotch squares

She started to cry and asked me why I did it
I said she mad me angry and my anger I needed to vent
“It’s poetic justice,” I yelled
Even though I didn’t know what it meant

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where we are asked to write about “poetic justice” using poetry. Anyone who reads my blog knows that poetry is not my forte. However, I decided to craft this rather ramshackle poem in the effort to meet today’s poetic challenge and, as well, to incorporate these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (hopscotch), Your Daily Word Prompt (premise), Word of the Day Challenge (leaping), Ragtag Daily Prompt (colleague) The Daily Spur (heavy), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ramshackle).

Who Won the Week? 06/13/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s Who Won the Week winner is the environment. It’s about time the environment started winning, isn’t it?

So how did the environment win? Well, have you ever heard of the XL Pipeline? The 1,200 mile Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed in 2008 by Canada-based TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) as a way to quickly pump 830,000 barrels of tar sands (a.k.a. oil sands) per day from Canada’s Alberta province across the border to Steele City, Nebraska.Once there, the Keystone XL expansion would extend converge with the existing pipeline infrastructure, traveling south to Texas for processing in Gulf Coast oil refineries.

When the idea for Keystone XL was first conceived, the project made a lot of sense — the U.S. economy depended on oil, and supporters of the pipeline claimed it was in both countries’ interest to find a way to transport oil efficiently across the continent.

However, many Indigenous rights groups and people from communities along the proposed route argued the pipeline extension would have disastrous impacts for Native communities in both Canada and the U.S. and on the environment.

Environmental groups took note of Indigenous opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and the pipeline became a cause célèbre of the various stakeholders — Native communities, climate activists, scientists, policymakers, farmers, landowners, and everyday citizens — engaging in the broader debate about climate change.

Facing pressure from the anti-Keystone movement, President Obama finally canceled the pipeline in 2015, saying the pipeline wouldn’t make gas any cheaper or improve American energy security.

But in January 2016, TC Energy filed a lawsuit against the U.S. for canceling Keystone XL pipeline. And of course, In January 2017, just days into his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order inviting TC Energy to reapply for a presidential permit for Keystone XL to cross the Canadian border. He also promised a speedy approval process.

President Joe Biden issued an executive order revoking the pipeline’s permit on his first day in office, halting construction on the project. And finally, this past Wednesday, the Canadian developer TC Energy said that, after reviewing its options, the company had decided not to move forward. And so the embattled Keystone XL pipeline has officially been abandoned.

Good for the environment and good for the Indigenous people in both Canada and the U.S.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Hey Girl

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim has given us “greet,” “hey,” and “howdy.” My first inclination was to use the theme from “The Howdy Doody Show.”

But I thought that’s just too silly. Besides, I’m sure few of you are old enough to even remember who Howdy Doody was.

So then I thought I’d go with Bruce Channel’s “Hey! Baby,” until I realized that I just already did his song for my Song Lyric Sunday post in December 2019.

And that’s when I remembered Freddie Scott’s “Hey Girl.”

“Hey Girl” was written and composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It first became a popular Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1963 when it was recorded by Freddie Scott. The song became Scott’s biggest pop hit and revived his singing career.

“Hey Girl” is about a man wondering how he can go on without his girl, and pleading with her to stay. By the end of the song, we learn that his begging doesn’t work as we hear him calling after her (“Hey girl!!!”) as she leaves.

Donny Osmond brought the song back to the Billboard top ten chart with his cover in 1971. There have also been many other cover versions of this song, including by The Righteous Brothers, Carole King, Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, and Billy Joel.

Here are the lyrics to “Hey Girl.”

Hey, girl, I want you to know
I’m gonna miss you so much if you go (bye bye baby)
And hey, girl, I tell you no lie
Something deep inside of me’s going to die (bye bye baby)
If you say “So long” (bye bye baby)
If this is “Goodbye” (bye bye baby)
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Hey, girl, this can’t be true
How am I supposed to exist without you? (bye bye baby)
Hey, girl, now don’t put me on
What’s gonna happen to me when you’re gone? (bye bye baby)
How will I live (bye bye baby)
How can I go on? (bye bye baby)

How can I go on? (bye bye baby)
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Hey, girl, now sit yourself down
I’m not ashamed to get down on the ground (bye bye baby)
And beg (bye bye baby), beg you to stay (bye bye baby)

Don’t go away (bye bye baby)
Hey, girl (bye bye baby)
No, I beg ya, please don’t go away (bye bye baby)
Hey, girl (bye bye baby)
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
Don’t, don’t go away

And just because I’m a big Billy Joel fan…

FOWC with Fandango — Ramshackle

FOWCWelcome to June 13, 2021 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 “ramshackle.”

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. Please 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.