All Was Revealed

On the surface my memory was fine, although sometimes I did forget things.  To my chagrin, I lost count of how many carbohydrates I had consumed in those deli market delights and that raised my blood sugar, which in turn altered my perception.  The pastries were free, but I should not have consumed so many of them.  I saw this tulip and I suddenly had a profound understanding that it was not good to get mud in your eye, so you might call this an epiphany of sorts.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Chagrin, for the Daily Spur prompt – Count, for FOWC with Fandango – Epiphany, for February Writing Prompts – Deli market delights, for Ragtag Community – Perception, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tulip Free Mud, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – Surface and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Forget.

What Is A Song

A musical composition, a melody accompanied by words, that can be sung by the Byrds, oops birds.  Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess that is why MTV and VH1 were developed.  Sometimes it develops into an earworm and no matter how hard you try, you can’t get that song out of your head.  Not like Little Anthony and the Imperials ‘Goin’ Out Of My Head’ says.  Like the chicken and the egg, if you are writing a song, do you come up with the music or the lyrics first?  Is 102 words enough to describe a song?

Written for Sammi Cox Weekend Writing Prompt #118 – Song, where we need to write something about the word song and use exactly 102 words.

Bad Luck Seems To Follow Me

I feel trapped inside, I tried denying it, crying out in defiance, however I just don’t know how to resolve this dilemma, so I am making a desperate plea that someone will release me from my burden and any day now, any day now I hope to be released.  With the way my luck is going, something worse will happen to me just to augment my troubles.  I know that this is redolent of Murphy’ Law, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, but I was born under a bad sign and if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.  I was born on ‘March 3, 1978’ which is the same day that Murphy’ Law was invented, so it is only appropriate for things to go wrong in any given situation of my life, if I give it enough of a chance to do that.  It is like my brain is constantly receiving a subliminal message telling me to avoid any action because whatever I do, the outcome will be unacceptable.  What can I say, it is likely that my universal aptitude for abundant ineptitude makes it impossible for me to accomplish anything.

Can I get a hooyah, you know that ‘Heard Understood Acknowledged’ United States Navy word which is used to build morale and signify verbal acknowledgment and which is also comparable to oorah in the United States Marine Corps and hooah in the United States Army and the Air Force.  Maybe I need to take that ‘hell yea’ attitude that failure is not an option to be able to do anything successful in my life.  If I must succeed all the time, then that will prevent me from taking any risks or trying anything new, and I will always have to play things safe, but that is not who I am.  I admire people who go against the flow and those who remain loyal to their own principles.

Maybe things will change now that I saw her standing there, she was just seventeen, you know what I mean, the way she looked was way beyond compare.  She was wearing a Rolling Stones tee shirt that looked to be vintage 1969.  She was a black magic woman that had me so blind I could not see.  She was magic and she’s trying to make a devil out of me.  Her lovely face in my fireplace was all that I saw, but now it won’t draw, because my flue has a flaw.

Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Augment, for FOWC with Fandango – Mean, for July Writing Prompts – She was magic, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Redolent, for Ragtag Community – Hooyah and Vintage, for Scotts Daily Prompt – Release, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, with prompts – admire, loyal and fireplace, for Weekly Prompts Your Second Chance to be Creative prompt – subliminal and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Abundant.

What Is In A Name?

Juliet said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, because her family the Capulets hated the Montagues which is Romeo’s family and the feeling was mutual.  Love was forbidden merely due to their last names and she really wished that she could protect her love for Romeo from all the drama between their families so they could flourish.  Juliet was organized and she had this brilliance, which allows her to think that what truly matters is what something is, not what it is called.  A boot, loafer, slipper or sneaker can all be used to walk around in.  If the floor gets filthy, you might brush, wipe, mop or whisk away the dirt.  If you or your clothes start smelling foul, you would clean, rinse or launder them or go bathe or take a shower.  When you look up you would see the upper atmosphere, the firmament or the wide blue yonder.  If you become a target of someone who makes an accurate throw of an object at your head, you might want to bend down, stoop, crouch, squat or hunker down till it is safe.

It took gumption for Juliet to go against her family, especially since this grudge or ancient feud between their families had been going on for so many years and she was supposed to support what her ancestors did.  Time apparently does not heal all wounds and many people need to go through the seven stages of grief, before they are healed.  The first stage is shock where you are feeling numb, not because you got hit on your head with a coconut, this is about disbelief and it helps to protect you emotionally from being overwhelmed.  Then comes denial, once the shock wears off, you can’t believe this is happening and everything feels surreal.  Anger follows as the next stage and this may result in you lashing out at others.  Next you will start bargaining, because you are still very confused and as a result, you will look for desperate ways out of this anguish that you feel.  Depression will take over for a period where you will feel sadness and start reflecting on what was lost.  I always find that drinking a slurpee (frozen drink) helps with this.  The sixth stage is testing, and this when reality starts to sink in and you may go through some experimenting which might include grabbing the tiger by its tail to help you to move on.  Acceptance is the final stage, and here is where you will have acknowledged the situation, you start to move forward and this is when you should get out your typewriter and write down all of your feelings.

449 Words, just a tad bit over the 149 words required for the Sammi Cox Weekend Writing Prompt.

Written Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different: “shoe, sweep, wash, sky, duck”, for thehouseofbailey Destination Dreams Scotts Daily Prompt Name, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt: Brilliance, for Daily Addictions by rogershipp prompt Accurate, for FOWC with Fandango – Gumption, for MNL Ragtag Community Marching together to inspire one another: Target, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “tiger, coconut and slurpee (frozen drink)” and for Tales From the Mind of Kristian Word Prompt Flourish, for Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #59 – Typewriter, for Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge – Your Second Chance to be Creative prompt “organized” and for Swimmers the New Community Pool prompt – Time.

Neutral Zone Infraction

Captain Kirk was vitriolic when he saw the Romulans had crossed into the Neutral Zone, an area of space between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire that serves as a ‘buffer’ zone to keep the peace.  There was no love lost between Kirk and the Romulans, as he viewed them as being a ragabash race that could never be trusted.  On his last encounter with the Romulans, Captain Kirk of the Enterprise managed to steal one of their cloaking devices, so Starfleet could reverse engineer it and better assess its danger to the Federation.  The Federation learned how to detect sensor blips associated with cloaked ships and this is how they located the Romulan vessel.  These cloaking devices generate an energy screen to render their spacecraft relatively invisible to sensors.  They are only able to remain hidden for about five hours due to the immense power drain, and these ships were usually prohibited from simultaneous use of other major systems such as weaponry, shields or warp drive.

Captain Kirk called out, “Yellow Alert Raise Shields.”  Pandemonium broke out as the Romulan vessel uncloaked and targeted the Enterprise with its phasers.  Kirk said, “Ready photon torpedoes, we will get the best of them as I am not out here just to play cat and mouse or dungeons and dragons with them.  These Romulans only understand a show of force and I am going to mail it home to them.  This race of bullies takes pleasure in violating every behavioral norm and societal taboo they can find and although in structure they may be as big as a moose, but they do not know how to be elegant and that is why they will lose.”

The Romulans fired their phasers first and the Enterprise countered with a photon torpedo and when the Romulans turned about for another pass they fired their Plasma Cannon.  Male testosterone was high as the Enterprise fired back with their Phase Cannon and blasted the Romulan ship out of the sky.  Cheers erupted on the bridge and Kirk said, “Those bad guys always want to shoot you, cloak and run away! Let’s continue our mission and go where no man has gone before.  I am sort of thirsty after that battle, so I am going to the replicator to get some iced tea and I bet chocolate mousse would go good with that.”

Written for Daily Addictions by rogershipp with prompt “Vitriolic” and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Double Take, 9 June 2018 and for Ragtag Community Marching together to inspire one another RDP #9 : Ragabash and for Fandango’s FOWC with the prompt “Hidden” and for Sammi Cox Aspiring Author Weekend Writing Prompt #58 – Pandemonium and for Tales From the Mind of Kristian Word Prompt: ELEGANT and for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, 09 June 2018 where the three prompt words are “Captain Kirk, dungeons and dragons and iced tea”.

Love’s Illusions

This Jackson Browne song ‘Fountain of Sorrow’ is about a man who finds an old photo and realizes that what he had with that person is now gone.  Jackson Browne is most likely writing about himself and it is possible that the woman maybe Joni Mitchell.  Photographs that you have not looked at in a while can bring back all types of memories and some of these can be painful.  In this particular picture that he found in a drawer, the woman is laughing most likely with her friends and someone behind her calls out something, being surprised she turns around just as the photo captures her expression of sorrow.

This melancholy song reflects on a failed relationship.  Browne thinks about their past which wasn’t all that long ago and he forms a clearer picture of why they broke up.  He thinks that the cause of the sorrow may have happened because of an affair that she had which is reflected in the lyrics, “so you go running off in search of a perfect stranger.”  He has learned a lesson and he can move on because he knows that she is alright, and he feels that, “it’s good to see her smiling face tonight”, as he is looking at this picture.

‘Fountain of Sorrow’ was on Jackson Browne’s third album ‘Late for the Sky’ which was released in 1974, and although it wasn’t a hit, it is a fan favorite.  This song is a wise and gentle reflection on what happens when you fall out of love with someone because they broke your heart, but he heals as he accepts that they were not meant for each other.  Browne will not admit who he wrote this song about, just like Carly Simon will not say who ‘You’re so Vain’ is about.

Looking through some photographs I found inside a drawer,
I was taken by a photograph of you.
There were one or two I know that you would have liked a little more,
But they didn’t show your spirit quite as true.
You were turning ‘round to see who was behind you
And I took your childish laughter by surprise.
And at the moment that my camera happened to find you,
There was just a trace of sorrow in your eyes.

Now the things that I remember seem so distant and so small,
Though it hasn’t really been that long a time.
What I was seeing wasn’t what was happening at all
Although for a while, our path did seem to climb.
When you see through love’s illusions, there lies the danger,
And your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool.
So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger
All the loneliness seems to spring from your life,
Like a fountain from a pool.

Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light,
You’ve known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight
You’ve had to hide sometimes, but now you’re alright.
And it’s good to see your smiling face tonight.

Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams,
But that magic feeling never seems to last.
And while the future’s there for anyone to change,
Still you know it seems
It would be easier sometimes to change the past.
I’m just one or two years, and a couple of changes behind you
In my lessons at love’s pain and heartache school,
Where if you feel too free and you need something to remind you,
There’s this loneliness springing up from your life
Like a fountain from a pool.

Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light,
You’ve known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight
You’ve had to hide sometimes, but now you’re alright.
And it’s good to see your smiling face tonight.

Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light,
You’ve known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight
You’ve had to struggle, you’ve had to fight
To keep understanding and compassion in sight
You could be laughing at me, you’ve got the right.
But you go on smiling, so clear and so bright.

Written for Sammi Cox Aspiring Author Weekend Writing Prompt #54 – Fountain

Busy Bees and Eager Beavers

When we see bees and beavers, most of the time they appear to be busy, gathering nectar or building a dam, or doing other things that are inherent in their nature, but when they are done with their work and they retreat back to the hive or the nest, then they are literally doing nothing.  Bees and beavers are both considered to be industrious creatures, but contrary to the sayings ‘busy as a beaver’, or ‘busy as a bee’, a new study conducted by biologists discovered that both of these creatures spend great majority most of their time doing nothing much at all, other than being quiescent.  When bees and beavers are working, they do work hard as they need to be productive in order to survive.  They are both social animals renowned for their diligence who build impressive structures, and perform work for which the reward doesn’t come until much later.

I discovered a list of the most hard working animals and bees and beavers both made it into the top ten.  Beavers came in at number 10, Lions at 9, Ants at 8, Wrasse fish at 7, Earthworms at 6, Hummingbirds at 5, Termites at 4, Shrews at 3, Honeybees were 2 and number 1 is Rabbits.  Beavers and Bees are two of the most beneficial creatures to agriculture, as without them, we might be living in a desert.  Thanks to the second largest rodent in the world, the beaver, we have silt which makes the best soil for growing things.  Bees pollinate blossoms, which is not just flowers, but vegetables as well and without bees to spread seeds, many plants would die off.  It takes one colony of honey bees (around 30,000 bees) to pollinate an acre of fruit trees.  A honeybee may work as much as 60 hours a week to produce just a thimbleful of honey, so to get their job done they need to mind their own beeswax.  We owe so much to both of these creatures and we need to thank them for making the soil rich and for bringing us fruit and vegetables to eat.

Written for Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #53 – Quiescent.

A Conception Of The Natural World

Around 340 BC, Shen Dao who is usually referred to as ‘Master Shen’ or Shenzi (395–315 BC) was a Chinese philosopher that influenced developments in classical Chinese thought, where rivers and the sea, and water in general were recurring themes. Shenzi said, “When the sea and the mountain fight for water, the sea always wins.  The way is to the world as the river and the sea are to rivulets and streams.  Therefore the big rivers do not despise the little brooks as tributaries.”  Shen Dao saw laws as arising from the commands of the ruler, whoever he happened to be, and what counts as law was simply whatever the ruler presented as being the law.  The very act of dispensing laws results in the setting of fixed standards, thus Shen Dao felt confident that even bad laws are better than no laws at all.  Shen Dao is known for being impartial and lacking selfishness, as he had this great way of embracing all things. The emergence of Shen Dao philosophy Daoism along with Confucianism, became the two great indigenous philosophical traditions of China.

Only fragments of his writings remain and in one of them he says, “While heaven is bright, it does not worry that the people are in the dark. While the earth is bountiful, it does not worry that there is insufficiency among the people.  While the sage is potent, he does not worry that the people are endangered.  Even though heaven does not worry that the people are in the dark, those who open up doors and windows certainly can take from [heaven] in order to obtain their own illumination, though heaven does nothing.  Even though the earth does not worry that there is insufficiency among the people, those who chop down trees and cut grasses can certainly draw from [the earth] in order to obtain their own bounty, though the earth does nothing.  Even though the sage does not worry that people are endangered, those of the hundred surnames who take the sage as their standard from above and harmonize with those below can certainly draw from [the sage] to attain their own security, though the sage does nothing.”

Another passage that remains from his writing relates to rules of property, but I see this as the beginning of the law of supply and demand and here he wrote, “If a rabbit runs through the streets, a hundred people will pursue it.  This is not because a single rabbit is sufficient to be divided among a hundred people, but rather because its allotment has not yet been determined and only the person who catches this rabbit will be able to eat it.  If piles of rabbits fill the market, most people will just pass by them without turning their heads paying them no heed, this is not because they do not desire rabbits [but rather because] the allotment has already been settled.”  When distribution is settled, no one argues with another over who the rabbit belongs to and that is why settling distribution is so important.  When order is clear and stable, all people will conform to it, just as they resign themselves to the patterns of nature without resistance or excuses.

Written for the Daily Prompt and Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #52 – Emergence.

It’s About Time

The average heartbeat rate is 72 beats per minute, thus making a heartbeat a unit of time just shorter than a second.  Some things are not exact measurements of time, such as a task being accomplished in two shakes of a lamb’s tale, or something being done in the long run, or in the nick of time.  Things can happen all in good time, or once in a blue moon and a person can be behind the times.  A month of Sunday’s is a unit of time that approximately corresponds to one cycle of the moon’s phases, or about 30 days or 4 weeks.  In the sands of time relates to the passage of time that is measured by sand trickling downward from the upper part toward the bottom of an hourglass by means of gravity.  People have a tendency to call it a day, or call it a night and they also dwell on the past.  Some people may have a devil of a time, but it is always better late than never.

From time to time I feel like I have all the time in the world, although on occasion I am pressed for time, but I never seem to have time on my side, or feel that my time has come and I never think that I can make up for lost time.  Certain people are living on borrowed time and others may need to face time some day.  Many stories start off with the phrase once upon a time and life is all about being in the right place at the right time.  Time is said to work wonders and some people won’t give you the time of day.  I was looking to kill some time by entering this writing challenge and I wonder if my post will survive the test of time, but I guess that only time will tell, as it is just a matter of time.  For the time being, I guess that I should catch you some other time, so tah tah for now as it is time for me to hit the road.

Written for Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #43 – Heartbeat.

Prom Date

The prom should be fun, an event for all high school students without any misgivings or any pressure of finding the right date to bring.  For some students the prom can be a dreaded event, as shopping can be boring, but deep down inside of everyone there is a little part of us that loves to get dressed up.  It might take painstaking effort to carefully curl your hair or tie the perfect bow-tie, but when that moment arrives when you look in the mirror just before you leave and see that all of your hard work paid off, that should make you smile.

A brother and a sister, twins who were both Seniors in High School and who had both missed their Junior Prom were each getting nervous because it was getting near their Senior Prom night and neither of them had a date for it.  The girl Alice approached her brother Doug and said “Hey, you got a date for the prom yet?”  Doug said “No, do you have someone lined up for me to take?”  Alice responded, “You might say that, as I was thinking that you could take me to the prom as your date.”  Doug said “No, I can’t take you.  You must be kidding, you’re my sister!” Alice said, “Well, are you taking somebody else out?”  To this Doug replied, “You know I don’t have a date, Sis.”  Alice said, “I don’t either and I really want to go.  We both want to go to the prom, don’t we?”

Doug nodded and she continued, “We could go with each other.”  Doug could not see anything wrong with her reasoning, so he told his sister that if neither of them had a date by Wednesday evening that he would take her to the prom.  Wednesday evening rolls around and neither of the siblings had a date, so Doug tells Alice that he will take her to the prom on Friday.  At the prom, both of them have a good time.  Doug is actually glad that his sister talked him into taking her.  Then, while he is standing at the punch bowl, his sister comes up to him again and says, “Hey, brother, let’s dance.”

Doug is perplexed and he looks around to make sure that nobody heard his sister say that and then he responds, “Look, Sis I have to admit that you had a good idea about us going to the prom together, but I’m not going to dance with you, as that would make me feel silly.  You do look kind of hot and that dress looks perfect on you, but brothers do not dance with their sisters.”  Alice said, “Don’t be so shy.  Look over there, Jimmy Conner is dancing with his cousin Regina.  So why can’t you dance with your sister?”  Doug caved and said, “Oh all right.”  They danced to a slow number and Alice held Doug tight.  The rest of the prom passed by and finally it was over and it was time to go.  Both of them have had a wonderful evening.

After they leave, Doug gets behind the wheel of the car, and his sister looks over at him and says, “Let’s not go straight home.”  Doug gives her a curious look and says, “What on Earth would we do if we don’t go back home?”  Alice said, “I don’t really know, but maybe we could just drive around for a bit.”  Doug agrees, and after they have driven around for a while, out in the country, she looks over at him again and says, “Do you want to find some place to park?”  Doug knows it’s important to make sure that he is being there for his family, especially if they need him to fill in a void, but he was not sure where this was going, so he said, “Are you crazy, you’re my sister, and I can’t go parking with you!”

Alice said, “Who said anything about us going parking?  Let’s just pull over somewhere and talk for a while, if that is okay?  It has been a busy year for both of us and it has been a long time since we had a real chance to talk with each other?”  Doug is tired of driving around anyway, so he pulls the car over where they are, which happens to be on a secluded back road.  After a few minutes of idle talk, she looks over at him and says, “Why don’t you kiss me?”  Doug was flabbergasted and he said, “Do you want me to kiss you on your cheek?  You’ve been suggesting a lot of weird things lately, you know that?  We are twins and I do feel an emotional connection with you and when we are together, I feel loved and cared for.  I don’t want to cross any weird boundary that might end up separating us, so I’m not going to kiss you, mainly because you’re my sister!”

Doug reached for the ignition switch to start the car, but Alice reached out and took his hand and said, “I know that I’m your sister.  You have mentioned that several times tonight.  You are my brother and we should love each other.  Why shouldn’t we kiss each other on such a romantic night, if we feel like doing it?  You like Star Wars and Luke Skywalker enjoyed smooching with his sister Leah.”  Alice kissed Doug on his cheek and Doug kissed his sister back.  After a few minutes of kissing, she whispered in his ear, “Come on.  Let’s do it.”  Doug said, “Do what?”, but he had a pretty good idea of what his sister had in mind.  Doug started saying, “I can’t do that with you, you’re my …”, but his voice trailed off and he was not able to finish his sentence.  While Doug was on top of her, Alice murmured, “You know, you’re a lot lighter than Dad is.”  Doug said, “I know, mom says the same thing about me.”

Written for Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #37 – Misgivings.