When Will I Be Loved?

All the kids called me tinsel teeth when I got my braces and they were fixed so I could not remove them, as they were glued to the front of each tooth and linked together with wires.  I understood that my teeth were crooked and the braces would help harnesses my body’s natural ability to remodel its own tissue.  All I wanted for Christmas was to have them taken off and when the day came, I jumped for joy.  Excitement filled the air and love was all around, maybe I am being rash here, as I didn’t really know what love was all about yet, but I did wish to find out about that.  I thought that I wouldn’t have to be shy around girls any more and maybe I could get lucky and connect with some babe.

It was not easy for me being ridiculed by the other kids, listening to them murmur about me and I even heard them chortle sometimes when I went by.  I spent so much time crying in my room with red eyes and my parents would urge me to come out of the salty sanctuary, but I had the determination of a stone and when I did come out, all I would do is flop on the couch.  They finally came off and I began to cherish my new smile.  I was excited beyond all belief, but I still was not getting anywhere with the girls.  Then on Valentine’s Day I got a card from Eve that said I was the reason for her smile.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Red Connect Card Stone Excited, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Cherish, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Wish, for the Daily Spur prompt – Excitement, for FOWC with Fandango – Rash, for December Writing Prompts – The salty sanctuary, for Ragtag Community – Joy, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, December 21 2019 hosted by weejars aka Sarah where she asks us to use three onomatopoeic words – Chortle Flop Murmur, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Babe Eve Harness and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Tinsel.

Old Testament Figure

When King David entered the city of Jerusalem with the Ark of the Covenant for the first time, he was so overcome with joy and triumph, that he danced naked in the streets unashamed, with his genitals exposed for slave girls and his servants.  Michelangelo sculpted his statue of David depicting him before the battle that he was in with Goliath, showing his beautiful naked body, alert and ready for combat.  Michelangelo did not have the freedom to pick and choose his sculptures, whither he went and what he made.  He was told what to paint and what to sculpt by Julius II, pope of Rome at the time and the Medici, ruling family of Florence.  An enormous block of marble laid abandoned for 25 years in a courtyard because the two artists who were originally commissioned to work the marble, thought it had too many imperfections, so Michelangelo was hired to complete the project.  The 26 years old Michelangelo worked on this masterpiece and he did not do this project in haste, as it became a two-year journey for him, and finally David was hewn from the marble block.

The phrase “you don’t know jack” has been used for decades to say that someone knows very little, but Michelangelo understood anatomy, because when he was just seventeen, he started his dissecting cadavers.  Michelangelo could sculpt veins and muscles knowing where muscles, tendons and veins led in the human body.  He chose not to hide the perfection of the human body under clothing.  The noble, beautiful and heroic statue scandalized the artist’s fellow Florentines and the Catholic clergy when it was unveiled, and it did not take a detective to realize that the vision of his precious manhood on display was something that displeased them.  It was not a phenomenon that soon after, the figure’s sculpted phallus was girdled with a garland of bronze fig leaves by the authorities.  60 years later, it was considered to be a matter of taste to utilize loincloths, foliage, and fig leaves on all nude works of art, especially those showing genitalia below the waist.

The block of marble came from a quarry in Carrara, a town in the Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany and the Carrara quarries have been prized since the days of the Roman Empire.  Geology is a study of rocks and how they form over time, and marble originates from marine organisms that leave behind their calcite-rich shells when they die.  Carrara, Italy is referred to as the marble mecca of the world and the quarry keeps getting steeper to climb out of, as more marble is sliced up, hauled out, and shipped away block by precious block.

Adam and Eve were shamed by their nudity after eating from the tree of knowledge, and being cast out of the Garden of Eden, so they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons to hide their nudity.  Typically, most of the Greek, Italian and Roman statues had small flaccid penises and some historians say that that David had a small penis because he was shriveled by the fear of facing Goliath in battle.  Nudity should be admired, valued and appreciated just as one would enjoy a snack along the starlit way to Rome.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Journey Steeper Geology Whither Phenomenon, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Precious, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Snack, for the Daily Spur prompt – Vision, for FOWC with Fandango – Detective, for December Writing Prompts – Along the starlit way, for Ragtag Community – Hewn, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Taste Waist Haste and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jack.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I could hear the raindrops tapping softly on my window, telling me to get out of bed.  I was dreaming about my dog who had wondered off and I was franticly searching for her.  I heard her barking and I tried desperately to find the source.  It was one of those dreams, that did not really make a lot of sense, as everything kept constantly changing.  I had her off her leash, but she was wearing her collar and when I got busy talking to these people, she scattered.  I can’t recall what we were talking about, but in my reckoning, it was not about anything important like the recent the Korean rocket test fire, or global warming.

When I did find my dog, she had a cat cornered and I knew that I had to oust her from there, as either one of them could be hurt.  Maybe they were just getting acquainted with each other and there was no reason for me to worry, but like the Gothic Greek giant my dog could be fierce at times and the last thing that I wanted was a lawsuit.  I noticed that the cat was in an agitated state, as the fence next to it began to vibrate, but then again it was old and full of rust and it looked like somebody had used a broom to prop it up.  I was able to grab my dog, put her leash back on and pull her away from the cat, but not before I slipped on the gravel and tore my pants which I was going to wear for the wedding.  At least I was not naked in this dream like the last time.  I was fully awake now and it was raining cats and dogs out there.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Raindrops Scattered Vibrate Gravel Source, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Oust, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – State, for Matthew’s Daily Inkling Prompt – Test fire, for the Daily Spur prompt – Wedding, for FOWC with Fandango – Either, for December Writing Prompts – The Gothic Greek giant, for Ragtag Community – Reckoning, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Prop Collar Rust and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Naked.

That’s Another Story

The swamp overflowed under his leadership, as he was only concerned with his wall.  His strategy was to deflect and attack anyone who did not agree with him.  The Saudi oil and the relationship that he wanted to maintain with Putin was his biggest weakness.  He does not seem to care about his own people and nobody knows about how him being so unbalanced will affect them.  The impeachment hearings seem like a waste of time, as it would be rare for the Republican led Senate to not try to keep him in office, even when they are presented with overwhelming evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  This process is necessary to protect the Constitution, which may be the best thing ever made for democracy.

I will try not to lose any sleep over these proceedings, but at the same time I just can’t wait for this to come to a climax.  Maybe I am a little kooky, or just eccentric, but I always think of the Democrats as the Good, the Republicans as the Bad and Trump as the Ugly.  He is just a bad guy, a dangerous person who is pretending to be harmless, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Environmentalists have pointed out over and over again how dangerous global warming is, but he doesn’t see a shell of evidence in their findings and this is enough to make a sane person blush.  In addition, nearly half of the people who actually voted for Trump don’t really like him, they just voted against Hillary, because Russian interference told them to do that.   I will sing Joy To the World if he gets removed from office and I won’t be sending him any stocking stuffers, but that’s another story.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Weakness Wall Oil Affect Attack, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Eccentric, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Sing, for the Daily Spur prompt – Addition, for FOWC with Fandango – Rare, for December Writing Prompts – The best thing ever made, for Ragtag Community – Sleep, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Blush Wolf Shell, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – Stocking stuffers and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Climax.

Poetry in Motion

An ocean pool might appeal to bathers and swimmers who are bored with, or seeking alternatives to a more controlled swimming environment, being in a safe place that allows them to enjoy the waves and the water.  An ocean pool is a public seawater pool sited on a coast that allows waves to wash in to the pool.  Nature can create ocean pools from rock grottoes, but most are a blend of the natural environment and human efforts combining concrete and tile.  People enjoy swimming in ocean pools, because they crave the sensation of plunging into the ocean, feeling the waves breaking over their heads, but they also want a more ‘contained’ seaside swim that allows them the same elemental experience, but with the luxury of being able to touch the bottom and not have to worry about sharks.

If you are a poet, perhaps you would like to visit the Grotto della Poesia, in Salento, Italy, as the name translates to little cave of poetry.  Grotto della Poesia is a natural pool in the middle of cliffs and its walls are covered in ancient inscriptions.  Here you can leap from the limestone cliffs into the cool cyan water, then swim under the archway into the Adriatic Sea.  The majestic and compelling 100-foot-wide sinkhole is off the beaten path.  There is evidence of humans living here since the Bronze Age, and the site was originally used for the purpose of worship devoted to the god Taotor Andirabas.

The Poetry Cave is a natural swimming pool located in Roca Vecchia village, on the Adriatic Coast between the cities of Lecce and Otranto.  This complex system of galleries and elliptical caves was created millions of years ago, formed over time due to water erosion.  It attracts tourists from all over the world, with the same beauty and allure it had for people through the ages.  Legend has it that a beautiful princess used to bathe in the healthful waters of the sea cavern, and when word spread of her incomparable beauty, poets from all over southern Italy came in an attempt to court her and they wrote prose inspired by her.  Some wrote of nymphs, others of an oriental princess, and others of a gorgeous queen from the north, so this place eventually it became known as the Grotto of Poetry.

This unique geological marvel limestone pool, has crystal clear blue color waters and the sinkhole was formed when the roof of an underground cavern collapsed, giving it a circular shape.  The open-air pool is a scenic spot, that is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural pools in the world and a nice change from the usual beach.  You could enjoy a great day with a friend there if you don’t go during the tourist season, as it gets really crowded in the peak months of July and August.  The pool has a rock-hewn staircase that allows visitors to descend down into the pool, but the more intrepid swimmers, choose to jump down into the waters.

The story about the beautiful swimming princess intrigued me, but I was not able to find any more information on her and I still have 10 prompt words left, so I decided to tell her made up story.  The princess came upon the vacant pool one day when she was out riding her horse.  It was hot that day and the water looked inviting and it called out for her to jump in.  She told the water that she did not have a delta and the citizen who was traveling with her asked her who she was talking to and what was she talking about.  Princess Alexa told her servant Giovanni that the water had called out to her and the purpose of her response was to let the water know that she didn’t have anything with her to change into after she got wet.  She said that delta represented her not being able to change into something dry after her body got wet.

Giovanni said he would face away from her, so she could take all her clothes off and then enjoy a naked dip in the water.  Princess Alexa removed all of her clothing, walked down the stairway and slipped into the refreshing water.  Giovanni felt a bolt of electricity rush through his body knowing that the beautiful princess was totally naked and only a few feet away from him, but the last thing in the world that he wanted to do, was watch her swim while she was naked, as it was his sworn duty to protect her.  Alexa finished her swim, and as she exited the pool, she saw a strange man looking at her which made her freeze in her tracks.  The man looked at Giovanni and pointed his thumb up in the air to indicate that he liked what he was looking at.

Princess Alexa called out to Giovanni to throw her clothes down to her just as Giovanni unsheathed hid sword to scare the man away.  The man was still staring at the naked princess as Giovanni told him this was his final warning and that if he did not leave, he would attack him and since he was a trained swordsman, he probably would not live through that.  Giovanni got a real eyeful as he carefully handed the princess her cloths and she began to get dressed on the stairway.  She told Giovanni that he would have to tie her gown for her in the back, because she was not able to reach all the way around.  As she was still dressing, she asked what happened to the man and Giovanni said that he was going, going, gone forever.  Giovanni composed a poem dedicated to her beauty which she enjoyed, so she took him to her chambers.

I wrote the story about the swimming princess, in order to satisfy some prompts, but I think that someone out there could do a better job with this story or possibly writing a poem about the princess.  My challenge for you is to write a story or a poem ignoring the prompts and create a pingback to this post, so I can read it.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Season Citizen Final Color Delta, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Purpose, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Pool, for the Daily Spur prompt – Friend, for FOWC with Fandango – Live, for December Writing Prompts – Going, going, gone, for Ragtag Community – Vacant, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tie Thumb Electricity and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Ocean.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

The people were terrified that the horrible dictator king would continue to harass and tyrannize all of his subjects.  King George had lost one of his eyes and the people would always repeat that old idiom, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”, which completly infuriated him.  He lacked charisma, he was unattractive and he had zero personal magnetism, which led his kingdom into deciding to over throw him.  He struck a deal to take back his throne by playing a winner-take-all game of Texas Hold Em Poker with little Lord Fauntleroy.  King George had three queens, but the young and handsome Fauntleroy had a pair of kings in his pocket and two kings were showing on the table.  Since 4 kings always beats 3 queens, King George was now banished from the kingdom forever.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Tyrannize Idiom Magnetism Over Pocket.

Veil Between The Living And The Dead

Those who have gone across the divide beyond life just might be in touch with us again someday, according to the harvest veil theory.  Spiritism is a spiritualistic philosophy started in the 19th century by the French educator Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, who, under the pen name Allan Kardec, wrote books on the nature, origin, and destiny of spirits, and their relation with the corporeal world.  This belief says that the living can contact the dead and speak to someone in the unseen world through a medium.  The Bible strongly condemns this practice saying that no one should employ divination, practice magic, look for omens, talk with a sorcerer, bind others with a spell, consult with a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, inquire about the dead and according to a recent Fandango post, this also includes reading Harry Potter books, but I am not sure if he was being sincere.

Korach ben Yitzar the Levite was no ordinary rabble-rouser, as he lead a mutiny against Moses and Aaron with two hundred and fifty men challenging Moses’ leadership and Aaron’s priestly authority.  A test was devised between Korach and Aaron to see which one would offer the most pleasing sacrifice to God.  Aaron used mercurial incense, the quicksilver of spiritual entities to provide a medium for the manifestation of God.  The divine response was unmistakable, as the earth opened her mouth and swallowed Korach and his household alive never to be seen again.  At the same time, a heavenly fire consumed all 250 of the rebel’s followers.

A plague soon stalked the camp, quickly consuming tens, then hundreds, then thousands.  God commanded Moses and Aaron to separate themselves from the people, but Aaron ran to the midst of the congregation, where the plague had begun so he could offer incense.  He stood between the dead and the living until the plague was checked.  Not many people would show that kind of devotion, putting themselves in harm’s way, ignoring God’s instructions, to stand between the dead and the living, restraining the angel of death from killing more Israelites.

The Hebrew Exodus from Egypt was beset by horrendous natural conditions.  Miriam and Aaron said bad things about their brother, because he married a woman from Cush after his first wife Zipporah died.  God set them straight making sure that they knew Moses was His prophet and that he carried God’s fire from the electric sky.  God thought that Miriam was being wicked, so He made her skin suddenly turn color to something between ochre and that of watermelon snow.  Moses prayed for God to rectify this and he cured Miriam, but only after she was banished from the camp for 7 days.

The 40 years spent in the desert was harsh as food, water and shelter were all lacking and it was scarce to find even a leaf growing.  In the spring, the Israelites discovered echinacea, which they mixed with lilac to make tea and this helped them to knockout colds.  It was not rare to see a jackal running through camp and seeing these small canines would mess with their melatonin levels and affect their sleep cycle.  At first, the Israelites did not have a vault to carry the Ten Commandments around in, so the two stones could not be protected from a burglar.  God gave Moses instructions to build a box of acacia wood, overlaid with a gold ornate top, so it did not look like common scrap.  God gave Moses a specific geometry to follow, so the Israelites could carry it while they were still wandering the desert.  The high priests that were assigned to carry it wore an outfit that resembled a tutu.  They looked silly wearing this costume, so they were all given a self care day, and they were allowed to relax in the hot springs.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Echinacea Ochre Spring Leaf Knockout and Jackal Quicksilver Melatonin Vault Lilac, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Sincere, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Pen, for the Daily Spur prompt – Common, for FOWC with Fandango – Rectify, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Electric sky, Watermelon snow and Harvest veil, for Ragtag Community – Scrap, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Self Care Day, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Burglar Tutu Geometry and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Wicked.