The Y Factor

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 22 May 2021, uncanny.

Serenaded us ‘midst all the cheers,
Such a voice, she was tuned to the ears,
The resemblance uncanny,
Sounded just like my granny,
‘Cept my granny’s been dead forty years.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt


for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 22 May 2021,favourite.

In all the words that I’ve written,
There is one which I try to avoid.
In the reading of everyone’s writing,
The word “favourite” is over-employed.

I might possibly draw up a shortlist,
But to narrow that list down to one?
I think it’s a task that’s beyond me,
I fear that it just can’t be done.

Is it just me? Several times, somebody has trotted out the question “what is your favourite song?”.

If I’m going to answer that question, I can narrow the field down to perhaps a few dozen tracks, but I don’t think I can squeeze any tighter.

I generally think along the lines that we’re all basically the same, that there’s nothing that really makes me any different to anyone else, yet the weird thing is, people seem to give an answer: My favourite ever track is X by Y.

So I’m left scratching my head. Do people really have one track they like above all others? Or, did they just pluck one track from a pool, for the sake of answering that prompt question?

I’m thinking specifically about music, but I guess this applies to any artform. Favourite book, author, movie, painting etc. etc.

Thoughts welcome.