#WDYS — A Twisted, Tortured Soul

My sentence was to wear this black mask
They said it was to pay for my sins
To represent the darkness inside of me
Inside of my twisted, tortured soul, they said

They wanted people to see who I really am
And not the person I am pretending to be
But what do they know about who I am?
The black mask is who I am

What they can never understand is that
If I were pretending to be something else
I would wear a white mask
Hiding the true nature

Of my twisted, tortured soul.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: John Noonan @ Unsplash.

Weekend Quickie — March ‘22 #4

In what is now a weekly prompt, Rory has a new batch of Weekend Quickie questions for us to ponder.

Is political correctness too politically correct?

I can’t answer this question without possibly causing great offense to some segment of my readers who might not like my answer, so rather than offer a definitive response, I think I’ll just equivocate by saying either “maybe” or “maybe not.”

What are you good at?


How did you learn to deep kiss? [which is different to pecking]

The girl who lived across the street from me when I was a teenager came over to my house one day when I was about 13 and asked me if I knew how to “French kiss.” I had no idea what it was (those days in the late 50s, teens were pretty innocent compared with today’s teens). She explained that it was kissing with mouths slightly open and with tongue action. She then asked me if I’d like to try French kissing with her. Why not, right? So we did try French kissing and we both liked it. We became, well, very close neighbors and practiced our newfound manner of kissing rather frequently after that.

When was the last time you took an unexpected turn and where did it take you?

When, two weeks ago, my wife and I adopted a rescue dog. I certainly never expected us to take that turn.

What are the benefits to having a purple front door?

Having a purple door will cause your neighbors and door-to-door solicitors to wonder what you were thinking when you painted your door that color, and they will avoid disturbing you because of concern that you’re not right in your head. (No offense meant towards anyone who has a purple door. I’d hate for this response to be considered politically incorrect.)

What patterns don’t mix, and why not, or can you mix anything and get away with it with ease?

I dunno. I’ve heard somewhere that stripes and plaids don’t mix, but most of what I wear are solid colors, so I really don’t care.

BDSM stands for what?

Big deal says me.

How do you know that you are smiling right when you are smiling?

Oops, silly me. I didn’t know that there was a right way to smile and a wrong way to smile. Now you have me worried, Rory. I’m going to go tell my wife I want to paint our front door purple, smile at her, and ask her if I’m smiling right or smiling wrong. I’ll let you know what she says.

When was the last time you hung a picture and what was it of?

A few weeks ago our son gave us a framed picture of our now five-month-old granddaughter that had her birth picture in the middle and her footprint on one side and her handprint on the other. We hung it next to a similar picture of our now 22-month old grandson.

You have two choices, the blue or the red pill. Which one do you take and why?

Either color, just as long as they are not the ones that mother gives you, which don’t do anything at all.

Bonus Question
Who said “If I swore you were an angel, would you treat me like the devil tonight?” and who were they talking to?

Donald Trump said this to Stormy Daniels, the porn star with whom he had an affair while his third wife was pregnant with his fifth child. She complied and spanked him hard with an issue of Forbes magazine.

SoCS — Rope-a-Dope

Rope-a-dope with not my dog.

After we had to put our cat to sleep in January, my wife said she wanted to adopt a dog from a shelter. I said no, I didn’t want to get another pet. But my wife can be very persuasive and she roped me into visiting a local dog and cat shelter just to, you know, look.

Big mistake! My heart melted and my wife and I adopted a rescue dog just over two weeks ago. She’s a 14-month-old, 60 pound, yellow Lab mix who was picked up as a stray dog a few months back. She is our sixth dog since we got married nearly 44 years ago. Some we got as puppies, some as older rescues. Our last dog before this one was a five year old Lab/shepherd mix that we rescued from a kill shelter. So we’re no strangers to training and caring for dogs.

We really are happy that we got a new rescue dog, but she’s proven to be a handful in the two weeks that we’ve had her. I think she may have been abused as a young puppy and who knows how long she was on her own living on the mean streets before she got picked up as a stray?

She’s still relatively young, is full of energy, and loves to play. But she can, at times, be quite rambunctious. One of her favorite things to do is what I call rope-a-dope (or what may be more commonly called tug-of-war) with her rope toys. But she also likes to do it with her leash when we’re trying to walk her. And that makes walking her a bit of a challenge.

She also seems to need constant attention, and if she doesn’t get it, she’ll start nipping at us, grabbing our clothing in her mouth (while we’re wearing them) and tugging, and even biting us. This behavior has us at the end of our rope, and we actually started thinking about returning her to the shelter. But we just couldn’t. That would be heartless with what she’s had to endure over her first 14 months of her life.

So today we met with a professional dog trainer. It’s not like we don’t have any experience training and working with dogs. We do! But we realized that with this dog we needed help. The guy has been a professional dog trainer for four decades and we signed up for six weeks of in-home obedience sessions.

He warned us that he’s going to focus his training more on me and my wife than on our dog. He said dogs instinctively know what they should do, but it’s often dog owners who need to be taught how to bring out the best in their dogs.

The guy is not cheap, but when the choice comes down to sending our little lady back to horrors of the dog pound or spending six hundred bucks on obedience sessions, the decision was a no-brainer.

So yes, we were at the end of our rope, but I’m highly confident that two months from now, we’re going to be thrilled with the newest member of our family.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the word is “rope.” Photo credit: thesprucepets.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Snake


It’s March 26, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “snake.”

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. Show them some love.