Weekend Writing Prompt — Solitudinarian

How many times and in how many ways can a man have his heart broken?

Only the lonely can understand how I am feeling. It’s as if I’ve checked into Heartbreak Hotel.

I now refer to myself as “Mr. Lonely,” and I just don’t care anymore. I will no longer allow myself to cry those lonely teardrops. I will stop shedding the tears of a clown.

From this day forth I resolve that I am a rock, I am an island, and I’ll be what I am, a solitary man.

(Exactly 90 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “solitudinarian.”

How many song titles about being alone or lonely can you pick out in this post?

Share Your World — Trust, Grudges, Sensibilities, and Tears

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means that Melanie is back with her Share Your World prompt. This week, Melanie wants us to share our world regarding…

Is it necessary to trust someone you like? (friends, acquaintances, or co-workers with whom you have no familial ties)

Is it necessary? Well, when it comes to co-workers, I think it’s helpful, but not necessary. If you have learned from experience that a particular co-worker cannot be trusted, you can figure out ways to work around that co-worker so that you don’t get betrayed by that person. When it comes to friends and acquaintances, if you can’t trust them, dump them.

Do you hold grudges? What do you do when someone really irritates you?

As to grudges, I try not to, but it’s hard sometimes, especially when someone has betrayed your trust. As to what I do when someone really irritates me, if it’s a minor irritation, I try to let it roll off my back (“don’t sweat the small stuff”). But if it’s serious, I will confront the person, explain why whatever they said or did “really irritated” me, and see if whatever relationship I have with that individual can be, or is worth, salvaging.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve heard someone say?

I actually answered this question on Saturday in my response to Rory’s Weekend Quickie post. Rory asked, “What’s the best advice you have ever received from a friend?” My response was “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” And that’s my response to Melanie’s question today.

Is crying a sign of weakness or strength in adults?

In adults, I think that crying is the expression of strong emotions, which can be either positive or negative and can denote either pain or joy. I admit that I cried with anguish when I watched the U.S. Capitol building under siege by Trump’s MAGA-maniacs on January 6th. And I cried with joy this past Wednesday when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States.

This, Too, Shall Pass

“I am at a loss,” Donna said. “This poor baby won’t stop crying and I don’t know what to do to get him to shut up. I’m at my wits’ end.”

“Sometimes you have to just take a deep breath, pause for a few minutes, and try to figure out what’s causing the upset,” Donna’s best friend, Anita, said in a supporting way.

“Peace and quiet since this baby was born have been so elusive, Donna said. “Do you think I’m suffering from postpartum depression, Anita?”

“Think of it as a character-building experience, Donna,” Anita said. “It’s a phase all babies go through. Don’t let it faze you, and always remember what they say: this, too, shall pass.”

Written for these daily prompts: Jibber Jabber (loss), The Daily Spur (baby), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pause), Word of the Day Challenge (supporting), Your Daily Word Prompt (elusive), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (character).

Song Lyric Sunday — Crying Over You

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams gave us “End,” “Finish,” “Over,” and “Stop” as the themes. He was referring to the easing up of the lockdown restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic. But I went with a much more personal perspective with my choice of Roy Orbison’s song, “Crying.”

“Crying” was written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and was recoded by Orbison for his third studio album, Crying. Released in 1961, it was a number 2 hit in the U.S.

Orbison said that he wrote this song about an encounter he had with an old flame with whom he was still in love. He refused to say how much she meant to him, and when he ran into her again it was too late.

“Crying,” was an almost operatic ballad of lost love that builds up to a Boléro-like climax at the end. Orbison had an incredible voice that could span a range of three octaves, a range that was beyond that of most rock ‘n roll singers at the time, which enabled him to make the song work through to the crescendo.

Many male recording artists at the time didn’t typically write songs about crying over a girl, but Orbison said he wanted to show that crying was not weakness, but sensitivity.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

I was all right for awhile
I could smile for awhile
But I saw you last night
You held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say, “Hello”

Oh, you wished me well
You, you couldn’t tell
That I’d been crying over you
Crying over you

When you said, “So long”
Left me standing all alone
Alone and crying, crying
Crying, crying

It’s hard to understand
But the touch of your hand
Can start me crying

I thought that I was over you
But it’s true, so true
I love you even more
Than I did before

But, darling, what can I do?
For you don’t love me
And I’ll always be crying over you
Crying over you

Yes, now you’re gone
And from this moment on
I’ll be crying, crying
Crying, crying
Yeah, crying, crying
Over you

50 Word Thursday — Drunk Again

4F12D8C8-7323-41EE-9CC6-557DD3525485Suzanne walked across the street, rang the bell, and waited for Ellen to answer the door. Ellen could readily see that Suzanne had been crying. Obviously, Suzanne’s husband, who is the local preacher they sarcastically called “Elmer Gantry,” was drunk again.

Ellen hugged Suzanne. “We need to talk,” she said.

(50 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith. The idea is to use the picture above and the line “Elmer Gantry was drunk” from the Sinclair Lewis book Elmer Gantry, and to craft a story between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.