Veteran’s Lament

Man, Warrior, Portrait, Soldier, Army, Knight, Hero

Do you remember me –

The idealistic and excited lad, from back when we began?

Adventure awaited, and the world stood before us

How far have we come?

Have our scars altered us?

Have the experiences of a lifetime left us changed?

Green pastures now seem but empty fields

Lush woodlands places of lurking danger

Do you remember me –

The innocent of days gone by?

Please remember that me

For he is forgotten by I


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What About Love?

Love, Potion, Bottle, Cork, Liquid

The apprentice, Lilibet was grinding dried sorrel with the adept, Sandra.

“Sandra, why do we make a cordial that is mainly used for fighting? Shouldn’t we make something nice like a love potion instead?”

“To start with it’s not practical,” Sandra said.

“Why not?”

“Okay, let’s examine it. A woman sees a desirable partner and decides to slip them a love potion. The object of her affection falls head over heels for her and is devoted to her until the potion wears off. To avoid this she has to ply her beloved with the potion on a regular basis, this is not only expensive, but a kind of deceit as her lover is in reality involuntarily bound to her through the potion.”

“But what if they happen to actually fall in love with her in the mean time?” Lilibet asked.

“How will she ever know?” Sandra replied. “Is it worth the risk to not give a dose?”

“Hmm.”

“Besides, it wouldn’t be practical for us either. Think about how much product we would have to produce just to keep up with the daily or weekly demand. Out forest couldn’t provide the needed resources, nor we the work force without outsourcing our techniques, and losing our monopoly.”

“Yes, but even if one couple . . .”

“Don’t go there. So lets flip this. A man sees a hot young thing, and slips her the potion. She in over the moon in love with him, against her own control mind, and they marry and have a family. Ten years on, the man sees her with her ‘mom’ body, and he constant tiredness owing to family life. Will he be tempted to buy more potion, if he was shallow enough to have used it to ‘catch’ her in the first place? I think not. Before you know it, he has fallen out of lust with her, she has stopped magically loving him, there is a broken family, distressed children, and to top it all off – we have lost a regular customer.”

“Wow, I hadn’t thought of that,” Lilibet said reflectively. “You are really wise.”

“No, just experienced. We tried that line about twenty years ago and it was a disaster.”


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Thanks to my wife for suggesting this story line.

Blindsided

Mime, Clown, Expression, Circus, Make-Up

I didn’t see it coming

Had no clue – before it hit

It wasn’t that I was unaware

It was that the path

It wasn’t lit

For some this is a metaphor

Of these things of recent times

But that doesn’t excuse the fact

That I was run-over by a cycle-riding mime


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Paths of Misfortune

Mountains, Lake, Lagoon, Glacier

The direction of travel was a matter of dispute.  Wentworth was sure that their destination was right over the eastern ridge.  Haymann on the other hand said that it lay to the north.  The bickering ended up being so intense that they went their own ways and Wentworth wandered widdershins and found himself in the Valley of the Trolls.  Haymann fared little better as he became lost in the glaciers of the north and froze.


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Weekend Writing Prompt #245 – Widdershins in 75 words

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Deliverymen

War, Special Forces, Sniper, Army

Crime evolves. Weakness is exploited. Order must evolve with it.

The 1820s saw the formation of the Peelers in England to deal with the disruptions of the peace in industrial urbanisation. The 1920s and 30s witnessed the birth of the G-men in the wake of the Great Depression.

The 2020s saw the end of traditional venue based retail. Strip malls and then the big mega-malls closed their doors. Commerce moved online, and the likes of Amazon and FedEx became the outlet to goods of an increasingly isolated and sedentary population. The underclass and those seeking quick gain soon cashed in preying on the delivery mechanism. This gave rise in 2028 to a new breed of lawman – The Deliverymen.

The D-men were highly-trained ex-military and paramilitary operatives. They were equipped with state of the art surveillance systems and weaponry. They had one simple mission: that the goods flowed without impediment. By 2034, slow railway junctions were no longer littered with low value goods and the discarded packaging of looted goods, but with the rotting corpses and bleached bones of would be train robbers. The age of the D-men had come.

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Wood Hood

The forest ain’t what it used to be. First it was the logging, then the influx of non-native trees. More recently, these newcomers have become a real problem for the more established members of the community. In fact, some of the younger of these have started to cluster together and seem intent on making the natives feel intimidated. You know, they don’t even call it the forest any more. They have started saying things like, “Welcome to the Wood.”


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At Home

Arid, Cactus, Cloud Formation

Worn and weary, Taylor looked out at the vast expanse before him. It had been three days since had left that cavalry outpost. New Prospect was more than a week behind him, and now the hills and badlands were visible before him. It’s good to be home, he mused as a warm sense of belonging swept over him.


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Here We Go Again

Monopoly, Games, Game, Corporation

Baltic Avenue looks familiar

I think I’ve been here before

Just passing through the prison

And the electric company’s door

This really gets exhausting

And I really need a rest

What I want is some free parking

Not some card from a community chest

They say life has some circles

Things that go around and round

But I think this is getting crazy

As I am once more Boardwalk bound

I guess I’ll collect my salary

As the big word Go appears

And we like a shoe or a Scotty

Land on the square where we can begin again


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Today’s prompt: End with the line “where we can begin again”

Unnerving

Drinks, Alcohol, Cocktails, Alcoholic

It really is peculiar

A very unnerving thing

To hear a lie so often

That it takes on a truthful ring

Whether from the lips of rulers

Or the “homework” tales of babes

Half-truths and exaggerations

Or downright fibbing claims

It really is unnerving

To be considered so very thick

That when lied to directly

They think the lie will stick


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Instant

Electric Beater, Appliance, Silhouette

It said it was instant on the label. All that was needed was for the requisite amount of chilled milk to be measured and added to a bowl and then the packet added to the milk. This then was to be supplemented with a sweetener of choice to the taste of your choice to be added before whipping on medium speed with a whisk or blender for two to three minutes. This is then to set (ideally chilled) before serving. I think someone needs to consult their dictionary on the definition of “instant.”


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Instant with Fandango