What Do You See? — Knockers

I’m sitting on the pier looking out at the orange sky of the setting sun and wondering where my muse has gone.

The low, dark clouds in front of me remind me of the fact that I haven’t been able to construct a decent sentence, much less an entire post, using the combination of daily prompt words — even my own — that have been offered up over the past week or so.

I try to beseech my muse to inspire me, to grant me a festival of ideas and the words to express them, but she is silent, just as a lamp with no oil left to burn has lost its flame.

I think back and suddenly recall my all time favorite movie, “Young Frankenstein” and that great scene about the door with enormous knockers. A smile comes to my face. An idea enters my brain. I’ll post that scene from the movie!

Yeah, that’s the ticket!


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Kenrick Mills @Unsplash.

Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (sentence), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (combination), Your Daily Word Prompt (beseech), Word of the Day Challenge (festival), My Vivid Blog (lamp), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (knockers).

The Necklace

“I’ve had a rather frenetic day and I feel like my head is in a bit of a fog,” Felix said to the man behind the counter. “Maybe you can help me out. I’m looking for a gift for my wife, one that will be a fitting tribute to what she means to me.

“I’d be glad to help,” the man said. “Take a gander at this,” he said, holding up a diamond necklace.

“That’s exquisite,” Felix said. “How much would that set me back?”

The man behind the counter leaned over toward Felix and whispered to him.

Felix let out a whistle. “I love my wife,” he said, “but not that much.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (frenetic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fog), Word of the Day Challenge (tribute), The Daily Spur (glad), Your Daily Word Prompt (gander), and My Vivid Blog (whistle).

Fatherly Advice

Son, let me give you some fatherly advice. If you want to follow the family tradition of being a petty thief, you have to be less obvious when plying your trade. If you’re going to steal something in broad daylight, you need to not exaggerate your movements when you glom onto something. And you should not spout about what you stole. I mean you don’t want people thinking you’re a just a common kleptomaniac, do you?


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (obvious), Word of the Day Challenge (daylight), My Vivid Blog (exaggerate), Your Daily Word Prompt (glom), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spout), and The Daily Spur (kleptomaniac).

The Swap

Tim: “So you all consent to the terms of the trade arrangement?”

Ted: “Well, I have to admit that I’m a bit nervous, but in the end, I don’t think I’ll have any regrets.”

Tim: “I just hope it doesn’t create a schism of any significance between our families.”

Ted: “I think it will work out fine. I’ve always wanted to have a buxom, curvy redhead as my partner and you’ve expressed your desire to have a slim, athletic brunette as yours.”

Tim: “Okay, then, it’s a deal. Starting tonight, we’ll swap spouses for three months and we’ll both get what we want.”

Ted: “Right. Now how about you girls?”

Joy and Anita: “We’ll drink to that!”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (consent), The Daily Spur (trade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (nervous), My Vivid Blog (regrets), and Word of the Day Challenge (schism).

#WDYS — Greed is Good

“I call it ‘Three rich old white dudes,’” Derek said. “What do you think of my latest wall art creation, Greg?”

“Those are the Monopoly men posing like those three monkeys, one who sees no evil, one who hears no evil, and one who speaks no evil,” Greg said.

“Right, but it’s more than just that,” Derek said. “It speaks to the greed that has overtaken America. The dude on the left is feeling guilty about his wealth. He’s surrounded by poverty. He’s experiencing paranoia and is shielding his eyes in order to not see the poor people he’s displaced with his luxury hotels and condominiums.”

“Okay,” Greg said. “And what about the one in the middle?”

“The guy in the center thinks the criticism being levied at his unbridled greed is not fair and he’s covering his ears so he can’t hear what he considers to be their supercilious chatter,” Derek explained.

“And the guy with his hands over his mouth?” Greg asked.

“Ah, he feels so much anguish that he’s suffering from myocarditis, and has been having chest pains, abnormal heartbeat, and shortness of breath,” Derek said.

“So he’s going to change his ways and be less greedy and cutthroat?” Greg asked.

“That’s the dark, some might even say macabre, aspect of my wall art,” Derek said. “Despite the guilt, the denials, and the adverse health effects, these three rich old white dudes still believe that greed is good. They’ll keep praying to the money gods, unable to see, hear, or speak the evil.


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: B P Miller at Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (paranoia), My Vivid Blog (fair), Word of the Day Challenge (supercilious), Your Daily Word Prompt (anguish), Ragtag Daily Prompt (myocarditis), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (macabre).