Poison Ivy

Her name was Ivy and she was a sight to behold
She was quite decorous and her manner was bold

Her social calendar was always very full
And the parties she threw were not at all dull

Yet no one had ever heard Ivy utter a sound
Rumors of her strange silence were going around

The point of her silence was soon found out
The sound of voice was so guttural and loud

Soon former admirers her parties did shun
Her spell over the community was finally done

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (ivy), Your Daily Word Prompt (decorous), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (calendar), The Daily Spur (point), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (guttural). Photo credit: Lee Avison at FineArtAmerica.

Who Won the Week? 07/25/2021

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.

My pick for who won the week this week was a surprise, even to me. I’m going with Tom Brady. Let me first say that, as a long time New England Patriots fan, I was pissed at Brady for his decision to leave the Pats and go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. I also was pissed at Brady for being a golfing buddy with Donald Trump.

I’m not ready to say that all is forgiven, but I have to give Brady credit for, at age 43, leading the Bucs to their Super Bowl win this year. But why I’m choosing him as my winner this week is because of a few swipes he made at Donald Trump when Brady and his Tampa Bay teammates were invited to celebrate their Super Bowl victory by Joe Biden at the White House.The Bucs were the first Super Bowl winning team since 2017 to accept a sitting president’s White House invitation. Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion (six times as the quarterback of the Patriots) joked about Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. Brady stood nearby as Biden hailed the Bucs for beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7th.

When he took to the lectern, Brady joked about how he can sympathize with some of the criticism Biden has received for his age. Brady said, “We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what down it was. I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing, and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom.’ Why would they do that to me?”

Biden, who was often referred to as “Sleepy Joe” by Trump last year, responded with a smile, saying, “I don’t know!”

Brady then noted that his team’s performance took off after starting last year’s NFL season with a tepid 7-5 record. “We found our rhythm, we got on a roll,” Brady said. “Not a lot of people, you know, thought that we could have won. About 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”

Brady looked at Biden and said, “You understand that, Mr President?”

“I understand that,” said Biden to laughter.

So here’s to you, Tom Brady.

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

Three Line Tales — Graffiti Artist

Yeah, that’s right, I’m a graffiti artist and I don’t work in front of an audience or for tips, so please move along.

Hey, why are you still out there on the other side of the window staring at me like I’m an animal at the zoo?

Come back tomorrow when I’m done and gawk for as long as you want.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Victor Furtuna via Unsplash.

Song Lyric Sunday — Behind the Wheel

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams picked up a suggestion from Melanie (Sparks from a Combustible Mind) to give us automobile, car, jalopy, and vehicle as the theme. I chose a song by the incomparable Joni Mitchell, “Car on a Hill.”

“Car on a Hill,” written by Joni Mitchell, was a track from Court and Spark, the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter. The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, and it remains her most successful album ever, having reached number 2 in the U.S. and number 1 in Canada. This particular song, though, was never released as a single.

“Car on a Hill” is a moving song about what it’s like waiting for one’s lover to show up. The singer is impatiently waiting for her man to drive up to her house. He’s three hours late. Has he been hurt? Has he met someone else? She expresses all these feelings and while lamenting about how love’s initial delight — the laughter, the spark, the sweetness — can turn suddenly into doubt and despair.

Here are the lyrics to “Car on a Hill.”

I’ve been sitting up waiting for my sugar to show
I’ve been listening to the sirens and the radio
(Listening to the sirens and the radio)
He said he’d be over three hours ago
I’ve been waitin’ for his car on the hill
(Waitin’ for his car on the hill)

He makes friends easy
He’s not like me
I watch for judgment anxiously
Now where in the city can that boy be?
Waitin’ for a car
Climbin’, climbin’
Climbin’ the hill

He’s a real good talker
I think he’s a friend
Fast tires come screaming around the bend
(Fast tires come screaming around the bend)
But there’s still no buzzer
They roll on
And I’m waitin’ for his car on the hill
(Waitin’ for a car on the hill)

It always seems so righteous at the start
When there’s so much laughter
When there’s so much spark
When there’s so much sweetness in the dark
Waitin’ for a car
Climbin’, climbin’
Climbin’ the hill

FOWC with Fandango — Calendar

FOWCWelcome to July 25, 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 “calendar.”

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.