Three Line Tales — A Rhetorical Question

Tears were streaming down her cheeks when she looked at me and asked, “are you happy now?”

Her emphasis was on the word “now,” not on the word “happy.”

I could tell by the tears in her eyes and the inflection in her voice that hers was a rhetorical question for which she wasn’t expecting an answer.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #94

FPQWelcome 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.

Those of us who live in the United States — and probably many others around the globe — are on pins and needles about the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election. I know that I have been unable to focus on much else, as I truly believe the future of America and the free world is at stake.

I wrote this post on Monday afternoon and have scheduled it to be published at 3 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday morning. Thus, I don’t know what actually happened on Tuesday. By the time this post is published, the voting places will have been closed for hours, although it’s quite possible that we still won’t definitively know who won.

That said, we may have some inkling about the outcome. So my provocative question this week is simply this.

What do you think about what happened in the United States yesterday? Are you shocked or surprised at the outcome, if it’s even known as you read this? Or are the results of the election what you expected? And finally, are you happy or unhappy?

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.

One-Liner Wednesday — Smile

“Be Happy! It drives other people crazy!”

I had to laugh yesterday morning when I poured myself my first cup of coffee, reached for a packet of Splenda (artificial sweetener), and saw what was printed of the back of the packet.

It’s too bad there’s a pandemic and I have to wear a face mask outside because no one will be able to tell whether or not I am smiling, so I won’t be able to tell if my happy face is successfully making them crazy.

But I tried looking almost unnaturally happy yesterday morning in front of my wife. When she ask why I was so happy, I said, “No reason. I’m just happy.”

And you know what? It really pissed her off. So much so that she barely spoke to me for most of the day!

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

Thursday Inspiration — Not a Happy Camper


I am not
A happy camper
I feel like I’m stuck
In a giant labyrinth
Of adversity
As I look down the line
I can’t discern a way
To escape this maze
Of deceit and corruption

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme was “happy.” Sadly, I’m not a very happy camper right now. I really need to find and sip from a happy mug.Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (labyrinth), Word of the Day Challenge (adversity), Ragtag Daily Prompt (down the line), Your Daily Word Prompt (discern).