I’m a Voodoo Child

He came down from the mountains as autumn aged, before the paths could pile with snow and the bridges bowed with ice. He was mad at the mountain and decided to give it a karate chop, which broke it into pieces.  He took all the pieces and made them into an island with a sandy beach.  He was brought up listening to Rock ‘n’ Roll and that voodoo music was all that he wanted to play.  This island was going to be used to create the best Rock ‘n’ Roll and Blues songs ever.  He doesn’t want to be a bother to the Lord and take up all of His time, but he felt that whatever time he did take up, he would return.  If they don’t meet in this world, he is certain that they will meet in the next.  He hopes that the Lord will be punctual and arrive at the arranged time.

In May of 1968, Noel Redding stormed out of the Record Plant studio, because Hendrix kept inviting strangers over to hang out.  Jimi Hendrix went out to a club in NYC and he brought back Jack Casady to play bass, Steve Winwood to play organ along with guitarist Larry Coryell and regular Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell to play his composition ‘Voodoo Chile’, which went on to become his only #1 hit Voodoo Child (Slight Return).

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Might even raise just a little sand
‘Cause I’m a voodoo child
Lord knows I’m a voodoo child
I didn’t mean to take you up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to you one of these days
I said, I didn’t mean to take you up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to you one of these days
And if I don’t meet you no more in this world
Then I’ll, I’ll meet you in the next one
And don’t be late, don’t be late
‘Cause I’m a voodoo child
Lord knows I’m a voodoo child
I’m a voodoo child

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

Toccata Followed by a Fugue

Carson pulled at his neck tie as the air became heavy with organ music and she approached clouded in white.  Carson had just moved to a new town in Northern California, where he was friendless and alone, until he met Veronica and her older sister Monica.  Veronica and Monica lived next door and Veronica was a gymnast and she often had a little cloud of white chalk that puffed from her body, as she used the chalk to keep her hands from sweating too much.  Chalk absorbed the sweat and made it easier and safer for her to do her routines.  When they first met Carson felt butterflies when he was near Veronica, his hands got cold and clammy as this mushy feeling overwhelmed him, rendering him unable to speak.  Carson was able to get over this and he became thankful that he met the two sisters, as they helped him to ramify beyond his normal nerdy interests and this allowed him to become less nervous.

Monica played the organ every night with her hands on a keyboard and her feet on the pedals.  Monica kept practicing her new song ‘Toccata and Fugue in D Minor’, which sounded really spooky and every time she played it, the whole neighborhood became terrified.  They scattered like marbles among the leaves thinking that Lerch or Thing from the Addams Family, or some other bugaboo was making the music.  Monica would always quote Johann Sebastian Bach saying, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Ramify, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Night, for the Daily Spur prompt – Thing, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Bugaboo, for October Writing Prompts – They scattered like marbles among the leaves, for Ragtag Community – Thankful, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Cold Mushy Speak and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Nervous.

Off To See The Wizard

The woods waited for her, everyday she passed the ancient sickly trunks, she felt the wind still with their bated breath. They left Emerald City very disappointed after getting to see the wizard of Oz, who they thought would resolve all their troubles.  Dorothy wanted to be sent back home with her dog Toto, the Scarecrow lacked a brain, the Lion had no courage, and the Tin Man had no heart which the wizard seemed to already know all about.  The beneficent Oz tells them that he has every intention of granting their requests, but only after they prove themselves worthy by bringing him the broomstick of the Witch of the West.  Not a small task for anyone, especially since they were about to encounter spooks in the haunted forest.

Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man enter the dark forest, and they notice a sign that indicates the direction to the witch’s castle.  The group wanders towards the sign, then towards the castle, when they suddenly notice owls and vultures hooting in a nearby tree.  The Tin Man says he doesn’t believe in spooks, and then he suddenly goes flying into the air inexplicably and falls to the ground with a crash.  The Lion is terrified as he mutters to himself, “I do believe in spooks!”.  The Witch was able to watch them from her crystal ball.  She turns to Nikko, the captain of her squadron of Winged Monkeys and issued him a command for an assault.

The witch said, “Take your army to the Haunted Forest and bring me that girl and her dog. Do what you want with the others, but I want her alive and unharmed.  They’ll give you no trouble, I promise you that.  I’ve sent a little insect on ahead to take the fight out of ‘em.  Ha-ha-ha-ha.  Take special care of those ruby slippers.  I want those most of all.  Now fly, fly!”  That little insect she spoke of, was one of the witch’s secret weapons, a creepy, crawly jitterbug that stings and she kept this up her long, black sleeve to use in desperate situations.  She wanted the ruby slippers, because they had the power to transport the wearer anywhere that they wished to go.

Written for Dylan’s First Line Friday.

Cloud Seeding

“I liked the rush, I liked the crunch. Never did look back at the fallout”, said Sonny.  As Hurricane Dorian strengthened and slowed over the warm Atlantic Ocean, atmospheric scientist Sonny Daye came up with a plan to divert it toward Brazil to help put out the forest fires that were ravaging the country.  Sonny heard that Trump wanted to nuke the hurricane to dissipate it before it reached Florida, but he knew that doing this would just make it radioactive.  Sonny was working on a method to manipulate the temperature, moisture, and wind inside of the hurricane, so that he could steer this storm in a different direction.  He invented these giant tubes that were filled with dry ice and cooling aerosols that would create crystalline structures in the upper atmosphere to freeze the storm.  The idea was to drop this mixture into the eye of the storm to take away its intensity.  This would also make the eye grow wider and help to collapse the storm and then it could be pivoted to a new direction.

The South American continent is rarely affected by tropical cyclones, but right now the Amazon is burning at an alarming rate as tens of thousands of fires lay waste to the world’s largest tropical rainforest.  There have been more than 74,000 wildfires across Brazil this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018, and about 40,000 of them are burning in the Amazon, so it really needs a good soaking.  Sonny is the leading expert on cloud seeding and the Twomey effect and he also spent a lot of time in Brazil researching how to prevent rain from ruining the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Sonny conducted a computer animated test and then he directed the aircraft when to launch and what direction they should follow.  After they dropped their loads, and all they could do was wait.  Then radar detected that the cloud’s water particles were getting bigger and the storm had reversed direction, but it was not heading to Brazil, it was heading back to Africa where it came from.  The news media found this to be funny and that did not bring any comfort to Sonny, as in his view he saw them as being churlish.  Florida lifted the emergency warnings and they began gathering essential supplies to be sent to the new victims of the storm.  They collected tons of rice and thousands of wax candles which should clear customs with no problem.  The revised belief was that the storm would hang off the coast for a few days before it made landfall.  When the storm finally hit, it picked up a hippopotamus with a raspberry nose and wonky whiskers and this became the front page story.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Raspberry Found Customs Essential Rice, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Animated, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Funny, for the Daily Spur prompt – Hang, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Churlish, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Wonky whiskers, for Ragtag Community – Emergency, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Belief, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Comfort Wax Hippopotamus and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – View.

My New Identity

The capitol grew rank in the summer heat, the humid streets clogged with sweating tourists and rats.  I made a concoction of orange zest, juniper berries and hibiscus petals which I added to my Tanqueray, as this juniper and hibiscus gin cocktail would help me to face the day.  I felt genuine, authentic, and comfortable about my transgender appearance and I was able to accept my new identity, but it was my duty to civilize all the rest of these barbarians who did not understand.  I have always known that I am a woman, even though I was born as a man.  I was expecting to be met with some acerbic remarks from those people who did not know that I was transitioning into a woman.  I needed to change out of my sweatpants, so I could go to court today and have the sex changed on my birth certificate and driver’s license.  I would also have my name changed from Daniel to Danielle.

I hoped this would be exciting and liberating, but I was prepared for the scary and difficult when I gave my friends and family an explanation about my new identity.  I knew that my brother would grin and make endless jokes about my new body, but deep down he would understand better than most of the others, because he is gay.  Should I dress sexy or demure, there are so many choices when you are a lady and I have all these new outfits to wear.  I would like to show off my new boobs, but I don’t want to look like a stripper.  Before when I was a man, I could just grab something that looks clean, not too wrinkled and out the door I went.  I should have taken a course in time management, as this decision process of choosing the right outfit was already starting to bug me.  I checked the weather report and I found something that I thought was appropriate, provocative and it felt exciting.  I finished off my look wearing a scarlet begonia tucked into the curls of my hair.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Civilize, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Grin, for the Daily Spur prompt – Explanation, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Authentic, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Juniper and hibiscus, for Nova’s Daily Random Word prompt – Transgender, for Ragtag Community – Acerbic, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt 309 – Time management, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Sweatpants Court Begonia and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Endless.

Nemean Lion

Just like every Leo, she always had to be the center of attention.  Lana was warm, action-oriented and driven by the desire to be loved and admired and she looked great in a leotard because she liked to exercise.  Her horoscope for today said that she should move in for the kill and don’t stop until she succeeds.  Lana was not a quitter, so she would always keep going, but she was a pacifist, so she would never want to hurt anything, much less kill something.  Lana liked astrology and Greek mythology and her favorite story was the one about the Nemean lion that was eventually killed by Heracles.

Lana was born on August 3rd making her a Leo.  She knew that the constellation Leo was named after a vicious monster of a lion that lived at Nemea.  It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack.  Its claws were sharper than any mortal swords and they could cut through any armor.  Heracles gave the lion a whack and it let out a yelp as Heracles chocked it to death.  He tried to remove the skin from the lion, but his knife was unable to cut it, so he decided to use one of the lion’s claws to skin the creature and splish it came off.  Heracles was proud of his feat and he wore the lion skin from then on.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan and for Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, August 3 2019 hosted by weejars aka Sarah where the prompts are the onomatopoeia words Whack Yelp and Splish.

Private Eyes

They congregated up in the hills, far away from judging eyes.  Breathtaking nature and first-class service awaited them at the nudist resort.  It was actually called a clothing-optional resort, so you could choose to wear clothing or to be naked, but most people go all in, and let it all hang out peeling off all of their clothes as soon as they arrive.  There is a certain kind of freedom that you can only feel when you are butt naked and surrounded by a crowd of nearly a hundred other people all in their birthday suits.  There are several areas in the resort where you’re actually required to be totally nude, but you would only be showing off your body in front of other naturists.  If you are new to this lifestyle and you feel that being naked is something that you only would do in the privacy of your home, and certainly not around other people and definitely not in public, that probably stems from being taught that this is wrong.

People that visit these resorts enjoy being free from their clothes and they’re more than happy for others to enjoy doing the same around them.  The human body doesn’t like being covered and the human mind doesn’t like being ashamed and embarrassed.  These people celebrate the undressed freedom, being it a nude beach, a topless pool, or taking a hike in the buff and they feel that it is wrong to feel that anyone would have to hide themselves from others.  Developing a lack of body shame can be very empowering for anyone’s self esteem.  If you can spend a week naked in front of hundreds of other people, then you can do anything.  Most of the guests are all just very normal people of all ages and sizes with very normal bodies, so this is not a beauty pageant featuring just hot, ripped and toned bodies.  If you want to tan and not get tan lines, this is the place to go.  Obsessing over body flaws stops at the gate, as here you will not be constantly bombarded with body-shaming images.  Nudist resorts are significantly friendlier than other clothed resorts, and since no one is judging you, you will feel accepted.  Another plus is that you won’t need to bring a lot of luggage on your vacation.  Maybe the biggest drawback of a nude vacation is that cameras are frowned upon, so all you can take back is your memories, anyway being naked you wouldn’t leave you with any pockets to hold your cell phone.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.