He, with his long, silvery hair
His glib ways and sophisticated air
I thought of him as my advocate
Yet he made her think of me as inadequate
All the while pretending to be my friend
I failed to comprehend
I missed the signal,
I didn’t see the sign
That toward me he bore only malice
And that he was my number one nemesis

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (silvery), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (inadequate), Your Daily Word Prompt (while), The Daily Spur (signal), Weekly Prompts (sign), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (nemesis).

MLMM Photo Challenge — Ecstacy

“Lizzy, what the hell are you doing?” Alan screamed at his girlfriend who was leaning precariously over the railing of a bridge that spanned the highway below. “You’re going to fall and kill yourself.” He started to moved toward her to pull her away.

“Don’t you dare come any closer, Alan,” Lizzy said. She turned around, arched her back and let her head drop as she took in the din of the traffic passing far beneath the bridge. “It’s like white noise, Alan, and I’m floating above it all, like I’m an angel.”

“If you don’t move away from that railing, you may end up being an angel,” Alan said as he grabbed one of her arms and pulled her back and into his arms.

“Oh Alan,” Lizzy said, “You’re no fun. You’re such a fuddy-duddy. I wasn’t going to do anything stupid. I just liked the feeling, the sensation. But I love you for being so concerned about me.” She gave him a big, sloppy kiss.

“You scared the hell out of me, Lizzy,” Alan said. He grabbed her hand and pulled her back to his car. “We’re going back to my place, Lizzy. I’m responsible and I need to keep you safe until this shit gets through your system in about four or five hours.”

As Lizzy got into Alan’s car, she said, “You’re the best, Alan. And what did you call this tablet we took? Ecstasy? I can absolutely see why they call it that.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: source unknown. Also for Fandango’s Story Starter, where the line is “Don’t you dare come any closer.”

One-Liner Wednesday — As Seen on Facebook

I’m no longer on Facebook and I’ve never been on Twitter. But friends of mine will occasionally forward something from Facebook or Twitter that they think I might appreciate. One such item a friend to sent me was this post that he saw on Facebook…

What really jumped out at me from this item were the last two words: “and Republicans.” That not only made me laugh out loud, but strangely enough, at the same time it depressed me.

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

Fandango’s Provocative Question #125


Welcome 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.

This week’s provocative question is about “style.” What do I mean by style? Well, as Shakespeare might say, there’s the rub. According to my extensive research, style refers to a person’s particular way of expressing themselves — whether that’s through style of clothing, writing style, preferred hair style, or style of architecture. It’s the total combination of the way a person dresses, talks, writes, moves their body, etc. Simply put, style is how we express our inner being outwardly. This includes all of our thoughts, emotions, interests, and values. Everything on the outside is merely a reflection of what’s on the inside.

Having read all that, I still can’t put my finger on what style actually is. Do we each have one style or do we have several or even many styles? So my question to you is about how you would characterize your style. You can interpret the question any way you wish as you consider your answer. So here’s the question.

What’s your style?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Inadequate

FOWCWelcome to July 7, 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 “inadequate.”

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.