#100WW — It Didn’t Have To Be This Way

It used to be majestic
It used to be serene
It used to a tranquil
It used to be peaceful
It used to be beautiful
A sanctuary for birds and animals

Now it’s burning
Flames reaching the sky
Smoke choking the air
The birds are not chirping
The animals are not scurrying
It’s no longer majestic
It’s no longer serene
It’s no longer tranquil
It’s no longer peaceful
It’s no longer beautiful

It’s our fault
The signs were there
But we chose to ignore them
To deny it and call it a hoax

It didn’t have to be this way

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Top photo credit: Bikurgurl. Second photo credit: Cameron Strandberg

Friday Fictioneers — It’s a Hoax

FC565EB4-3021-4CDC-9BCF-307C17A517FD“Look at this,” Mark said, handing his smartphone to his wife. “This makes me so damn angry.”

Karen looked at the picture on his phone and asked, “It’s just a bunch of people walking down the street in what looks like a touristy area.”

“That’s exactly what it is,” Mark said. “This was taken yesterday. Can you believe that?”

“I’m sorry, Mark, but I don’t understand.”

“Where’s the social distancing?” Mark said. “Where are the face masks? How do people expect us to get past this pandemic if they disregard what the doctors are saying?”

“Well, according to the president….”

Written for today’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Friday Fictioneers — Empty Shelves

D29E0192-D8FD-420D-9A63-2D4A058F0B0A“Mr. Kim, what’s happening?” Mrs. Klein asked. “Your shelves are almost empty. Where are all of the exotic fruits and vegetable that usually fill your shelves?”

“In a word, Mrs. Klein, it’s coronavirus,” Mr. Kim said. “Many of my exotic fruits and vegetables come from China and other parts of Asia and I can’t get them anymore due to this health crisis.”

“Don’t you see what’s happening?” Mrs. Klein said. “The coronavirus is a Democratic hoax designed to undercut our president. It’s all made it up just to make Trump look bad.”

Mr. Kim shook his head and walked away.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle-Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Roger Bultot.

Who Won The Week? 03/01/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

This week I am choosing a word: hoax.E92375B0-487A-4CE3-A4CE-97B53EA72DDBWhat is a hoax? It’s a deception, a lie, or a trick that is designed to appear true and fool others into believing in its truth.

So why am I choosing “hoax”? Well, that seems to be one of Donald Trump’s favorite words. Especially when it comes to anything he doesn’t like or that casts him in a negative light. And, sadly, his supporters tend to be buying into it.

Rejecting the findings of nearly all scientists, Trump has referred to climate change a hoax. He claimed that Russian interference with the 2016 elections was a hoax. He called the Mueller investigation into his potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice a hoax.

He called the charges against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as contentious hearings on his appointment to the High Court, hoaxes.

The impeachment hearings by the House of Representatives was a hoax. The impeachment trial in the Senate was a hoax. And his latest hoax claim is that Democratic complaints about his handling of the coronavirus threat is “their new hoax.”

It seems “hoax” has replaced “fake news” and “witch hunt” as Donald’s favorite words. So that is why I chose “hoax” as the word that won the week this week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Weekend Writing Prompt/JusJoJan —Climate Change

7A3FC3C3-ED57-4D20-BD77-3F87CE8C4178“What is it about the gravity of the situation that you can’t seem to grasp?” Janice asked. “Don’t brush me off with your usual argument that climate change is just a hoax.”

“I don’t believe climate change is a hoax,” Richard said. “I just don’t think it’s going to devour all life as we know it on our planet by, what’s the date, 2030 or something?”

“So you don’t believe 97% of climate scientists who are saying we’ve got only about a decade before there is irrevocable damage to the planet?” Janet asked.

“I just have an easygoing temperament,” Richard said. “I don’t go crazy over things I can’t control.”

(108 words)

68F3F1B9-0E27-4B85-A534-73734CB5DDCEWritten for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt word, “gravity,” and for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “devour” in exactly 108 words. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brush), Daily Addictions (date), and Your Daily Word Prompt (temperament).

And for what it’s worth, I personally don’t agree with Richard on this topic.