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Kreative Kue 264

Kreative Kue 263 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

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John W Howell is the author of the John Cannon trilogy of My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice and Circumstances of Childhood, co-author of The Contract, and blogs at Fiction Favorites.

I Spy by John W. Howell © 2020


My effort was

Poodling

Words can scarcely express my elation
That the lockdown may end in this nation
The truth is, I fear,
Whilst my van is parked here
I can’t pick up my fav’rite station.

We have an exceeding large garden
And I hope that you’ll all beg my pardon
But I like to go wild
Like a seventies child
Please don’t let your attitudes harden

I do love my lockdown walks oodles
Just ambling around with my poodles
I derive so much joy
From Helen and Troy
It’s better than winning at boodles

A few of these rhymes may be tentative
Some even experimentative
But I’m trying my best
(Although not by request)
To do something less representative


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On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.

Kreative Kue 263

Kreative Kue 262 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

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John W Howell is the author of the John Cannon trilogy of My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice and Circumstances of Childhood, co-author of The Contract, and blogs at Fiction Favorites.

Monday Mayday by John W. Howell © 2020


My effort was

Pedalling

“Are we nearly there yet?”

“Are we nearly where yet?”

“There – wherever it is we’re supposed to be going.”

“Don’t you know? Didn’t you study the route plan last night?”

“I didn’t know there was one. What channel was it on?”

“It wasn’t on a channel. It was on a piece of paper, a thing called a handout.”

“Who was handing them out? I didn’t see one.”

“Were you or were you not at the meeting last night?”

“What meeting?”

“The one where all the teams got together and briefed their riders. The one where the organisers revealed the route for today and gave out the caveats.”

“Oh, man!”

“What?”

“I always seem to miss out when there are freebies to be had.”

“There weren’t any freebies.”

“What about these caveats you said they were handing out?”

“Caveats aren’t goodies, they’re warnings, advisories, things we have to know about.”

“So what do we have to know?”

“Before I answer that, can I ask you something?”

“Of course.”

“If you weren’t at the meeting last night, and you don’t know the route of today’s stage, how come you’re pushing to be in front?”

“Better view. I didn’t fancy spending all day looking at a load of other blokes’ backsides.”

“Do you know how the peloton works?”

“The what?”

“The peloton.”

“No, I don’t know how the peloton works, and shall I tell you why I don’t know how the peloton works? I haven’t got the faintest clue what the peloton is!”

“What team are you with?”

“Me? I support Doncaster Rovers.”

“Which team are you riding for? Who pays your fee? Whose colours are you wearing?”

“Sorry, you’re not making sense.”

“Let me try a simple one. Why are you riding with us today?”

“Why not? It’s a free country, it’s a nice day and it gets me away from the wife and kids for a couple of hours.”

“Oh, pedal on!”


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On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.

Kreative Kue 262

Kreative Kue 261 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

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John W Howell is the author of the John Cannon trilogy of My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice and Circumstances of Childhood, co-author of The Contract, and blogs at Fiction Favorites.

Cowabunga by John W. Howell © 2020


Rishika Jain who blogs at The Ethereal Unicorn,  offered a selection of captions:

1. “It’s the electrifying onerous adventures that prevent life from becoming a humdrum of routine affairs.“

2.And this one is a quote from Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.Not sure if this is acceptable but in my opinion, it suites the image well. “What’s life without a little risk?”

3. This is another quote I read long back.”The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

4. Life is an exam where the syllabus is untold. It’s up to you, whether you be fearful or faithful.”


Gwen Plano blogs at Blog reflections on life and amongst other things, co-authored The Contract with John Howell offered this Haiku:

Still your heart by Gwendolyn M Plano.

Listen. Still your heart.
The rushing waters claimed me.
Find me in the mist.

 


My effort was

Puddling

Ambrose Brown guided his blindfolded wife Muriel through their house and into the garden. Muriel had just returned from a three-month project that had her teaching street kids, so-called ‘graffiti artists’, how to put their developing talents to good use. Muriel was locally famous for her eponymous wall-paintings and wanted nothing more than to inspire those who had the undoubted underlying ability but not the means or connections to realise their full potential or to put their talents to good use. Yes, she was something of a do-gooder.

“What’s that noise I can hear?” she asked her husband.

“You’ll see in a second, my love,” Ambrose replied.

“Did you sort out our back garden, like you promised?”

“Be patient. You’ll see in a second.”

He walked her to the patio and had her sit in the swinging sofa.

“Ooh,” she said, “have we got people coming around?”

“No, darling, it’s just the two of us.”

“Oh, okay,” she said, hiding her disappointment, “can you take the blindfold off now? I want to see what you did whilst I was away.”

Not wanting her to be blinded by the sudden light, Ambrose covered his wife’s eyes with his hand and lifted the material that he had previously wrapped around her head. He slowly parted his fingers until Muriel had full vision then moved his hand away.

Muriel Brown rose to her feet, looked her husband in the eye and said, “Ambrose Brown, what the hell do you call that?”

Coyly and tremulously, for he was secretly afraid of his wife, described by some as a ‘formidable woman’, he said, “It’s a – a w-water feature, dear.”

“A water feature? A water feature? When you said you were going to design a rockery with flowing water, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a clear idea of what I didn’t expect.”

“And what did you not expect, my angel?”

“I didn’t expect a nearly-life-sized tribute to Niagara Falls, that’s what I didn’t expect. But it looks, and sounds, like that’s what I got.”

“But you said I should think big.”

“What’s your name?”

“My name is Ambrose, you know it is.”

“Yes. Ambrose. Not Lancelot. What’s the opposite of capability?”

“I don’t know – ineptitude?”

“Yes, I like that. I can see the sign now – landscaped by Ambrose Ineptitude Brown!”


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On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.