Kill or Cure

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 1 May 2021, sure.

A woman with terrible cough,
Received putrid green potion to quaff,
She said “Are you sure,
There is no better cure?”,
As her left leg turned black and fell off.


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Gems

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 1 May 2021, ruby.

My first thought when I saw the prompt this week was the song “Ruby Tuesday”. Which, if I’m honest, I can’t stand.

But it did prompt me to look on Spotify to see what other “Ruby” songs there might be. And I think I found a gem of my own in this track.

It’s called Ruby Falls, it is a US artist called Katie Crutchfield. She performs under the name Waxahatchee, and has a Wikipedia page here. Waxahatchee is the name of a creek where she grew up, in Alabama, and it sounded as though this was a solo musical project but I’m hearing male voices on some of her tracks, so perhaps not?


Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video of her actually singing this track, but I presume this is all low budget stuff. However, she has a beautiful voice and I think she’s well worth a listen. I’m listening to some of her other tracks as I write this (some of which have videos with a more personal touch), and she might well become somebody I listen to more often. I hope you enjoy it, too.

I should really have posted this response on our new Songshine site, shouldn’t I? My partner KK will be very impressed that I discovered some music less than 30 years old!

Deceptive

This is my response to the earlier Flashback Track Friday prompt, where today we are thrown the Beatles track Tomorrow Never Knows and asked to describe:

what helps us to relax, to float downstream.

I rouse from sleep,
I see your form,
I hear your gentle snore,
I never dreamed,
In twist of fate,
I’d meet with such rapport.

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The Singleton

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 30 April 2021, mercurial.

When a lovesick young scholar was dumped,
His performance in Math classes slumped,
No less than mercurial,
Computing factorial,
But subtracting things just left him stumped.


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Testing the Water

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 29 April 2021, hamper.

The son of a Middle East sheikh,
Got dismayed when his bath sprang a leak,
So to hamper the flow,
He stuck in his toe,
But the water so hot, made him shriek.


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Situation Vacant

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 28 April 2021, vacant.

A colour-blind student Hispanic
Had secured a new job as mechanic,
But when asked to use red,
He sprayed blue paint instead,
And his gaffe left the foreman volcanic


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Payback

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 27 April 2021, abhor.

She had married a husband so mean,
Was expected to cook and to clean,
How she’d hate and abhor,
All her newlywed chores,
So she poisoned him with Paris Green.


I had an interesting chemistry lesson while writing this. Better known as Paris Green, Copper Acetate is an emerald green compound that was used as a pigment and was favoured by artists such as Monet (1840 – 1926) and Cezanne (1839 – 1906), who used it excessively in their works.

It is also so poisonous that it was used as rat poison and insecticide, even in their time.

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Vermin

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #115, where we write about this photo from Harrison Haines at Pixels.com.

“But they are animals”, goaded Zlatan. “The whole lot of them, they are total vermin.”

Zlatan was already one of the cadre, a proven, cold-blooded killer, but for himself, Lech wanted no part of conflict. “Look, Zlatan, I would just as soon stay out of this, you know. I’d sooner just not get involved”. Lech began to turn away.

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