Tough Room

Costume, Middle Ages, Musician, Minstrel, Panel, Human
Pixabay

The Jester gestured with a move obcene

It was a thing unseemly to do before the queen

Before he knew it he was to the dungeon sent

Soon of his rudeness he would repent

For though his gesture brought smiles to some

It resulted in him loosing his hands and tongue

So if you a tough room a performance make

Be sure not to repeat that clown’s mistake


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The Apologist

Businesswoman, Women, Business, Lawyer, Portrait
Pixabay

Donna King was an apologist.  No not that type of apology, but rather she a woman who knew how to construct arguments.  The partners of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe, struck a virtual gold-mine when they hired her fresh from some Podunk law school in the Midwest.  But now she was proving herself in spades.  To say her constructions and syllogisms were complex would be a true understatement, as most of them had more edges than a tiger shark’s smile.  A King summation was a thing of be beauty and generally left opposing counsel baffled, and an occasional judge too.


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I have purposely added a few clichés to this route to setting up a alternative to Multifaceted.

By An Eye Captured

Young Woman in Brown Apron Sketching on White Cardboard
Cottonbro at Pexels

By an eye captured

By a hand adorned

With each little brushstroke

The image is formed

Is it an expression

Of its subject true?

Is that really what art’s meant to do?

Is it the spirit of the thing that’s at play?

No!

It’s that the soul of the artist that sees it that way


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Envy and Jealousy

beautiful green and brown eye in close up photography
Pixabay

Fandango’s provocative question is: “Is jealousy purely a negative and potentially destructive emotion, or does jealousy have any value as a motivator to drive people to improve themselves?” This really comes down to semantics and what we mean by jealousy. If by the term you mean a possessiveness of things, and especially of people – then it is a destructive thing. To be jealous of one’s partner presupposes “ownership.” Trust and partnership should ideally be the foundations of a relationship, not control.

This does not mean we aren’t hurt if said loved one goes elsewhere for affection, but that is their choice. The third party, however, did not “steal” your love interest. So in that way, Fandango’s “motivator” point may come into play. We should be the best us – if we want to be in a relationship with the best them. But again, this is not ownership, it is making oneself desirable, not the controlling a partner’s life.

If on the other hand by jealousy we mean covetousness or envy, then it still has negative connotations as it can distort our values. To begrudge others possessions (here we are speaking of material things, not people) or position then we are being unfair as they too have aspirations and needs. If we desire another’s attainments and do so without real effort to achieve our own, then it is wrong. While many things in life are finite: gold, etc. They are still abundant enough to be sought after. So in this way Fandango’s “motivator” still comes into play. But empty “envy” which “wants,” but does not seek to achieve; that wishes misfortune on others for our own satisfaction or ends – this is wrong.

By the way, honour and accomplishment are not finite. There is enough honour to go around for those who are honourable.

All in all, wanting to gain something is a motivating force, but it should never be done with malice or at the expense of another.


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Ready

Viking, War, Warrior, Knight, Battle, Medieval, History
Pixabay

“Are you ready?” Edgar asked.

“Is anyone ever really ready for this?” Hank responded.

Edgar looked around the grim-faced armoured men around him. “I guess not,” he finally replied.  “Just remember your training, and you’ll do fine.”

Years of work perfecting foot-work, and controlling his breathing passed through Hank’s mind.  It all seemed so simple then, but now he wasn’t so sure.  What if he messed up, and failed the others?  Self doubt began to swell.

Then suddenly the director shouted, “Action,” and Hank’s first professional acting gig, a beer commercial, began.  

 

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To Bill Shakestick Indebted: A Challenge

Shakespeare.jpg
Public Domain

Thee(s) and thou(s) no longer a thing

They have for most an archaic ring

As teachers imbue knowledge

Of some Danish prince

The unfamiliar phrases

Make our brains wince

We sit in class – quite subdued

“To be or not” leaves us confused

And yet for some – the enlightened few

The rhythms sink-in and spark something new

Rhymes fill your imagination and there they stew

You start writing poetry – what else can you do?

If something like this has happened to you

Then share a verse on how it is true

Now with no more gilding the lily

No further ado 

I leave the next verse – up to you

 

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