“Quandary’s Family” Tanka 2184

(December 2, 2018)

Quandary’s family

comes not just to visit

but wants Stay-A-Whiles!”


 Tickets to Disney World? Fine.

But a Space Shuttle Launch tag?*

*(Even I had to wait for my press credentials almost to the end of my tenure at Titusville Star-Aggravate (Advocate) before spreading my brand of minor media mayhem. The above tale fictional. None need come to the manse to root the interlopers.  Nebber Hatchee, amigos. Just a story.)

Sunday Writing Prompt – the sky and God

We Shall See…found at -Eugenia’s BrewNSpew and worth what efforts to get it to reblog. J

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Welcome to another chance to sit back and reflect and then write for the Sunday Writing prompt.

This week I’d like you to use this quote by Sylvia Plath: “I talk to God but the sky is empty” as your point of inspiration. Then choose from one of the 2 images below and incorporate some of the “paint colour names” into whatever you create.

Simple right? Challenging in a good way, I hope.


  1. Use the quote to inspire you to create. (you don’t necessarily have to use it specifically, but take from it the gist and then let it lead you)
  2.  Choose 1 image from the 2 offered.
  3.  Pick at least 3 “colour name word phrases” and incorporate them into your creation (i.e. don’t just “plonk” them in because it’s a requirement, but make them work in the essence of your writing, and even as a title is fine…

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“OxenFree! Oley-Oley’s Dilemma” Tanka 2185

(December 2, 2018)

Let this be a lesson:

Oley-Olley’s dilemma

means just what it says – 

Only Oxen get in free:

All Others must stand in Line!*

*(When but a tyke I never heard the phrase “Oley-Oley, OxenFree!” Must have had worse ears even that after that RPG B-40 perched near my limb decades later. That classic Hide-N-Seek phrase supposedly ended The Game.  But its political consequences played by children mostly Over Forty with titles like Congress(I Cannot Say Which Sex)person or Senator WinkHood, want what they call Amnesty Applied to Non-Oxes but anyone who can climb or not a wall or not.  The Dilemma is mine. And Yours.  Continue to vote or grab a bucket and a shovel and set out for Texas-to-California and go wall-building anywhere a private landowner wants to abuse the notion that No Land in America is free from Governmental regulation. Oh. You already knew that was a lie? Well. Try this.  Tell your Republi-Crat House of unRepresentative or MisNamed-Senator and President Donald John Trump hisownself none of them gets another vote until some bricks start going up all along that fence! And Mean It! Then it’s All-y All-y Y’alls in Free!)

“Social Studies Teaches Texas” Tanka 2186

(December 2, 2018)

Social Studies teaches

History easily changes

and now is more True


Texas Teachers told to say

Slavery* Started ‘The War!’


*(Rather than ‘”States’ Rights,” as had been previously thought – Damnfools, they! – Texicans got minds muddled by That Tennesseean failed Congress Critter David Crockett: it was in fact Slavery first, middle, last and always that caused The War Between The States. And mark this: you people wearing Blue Bonnets, it’s The Civil war! Even though any real definition of a Civil War has nothing whatsoever to do with A War of Secession. Texas educators’ capitulation to Modern Real-Think Social Studies (Socialism or Communism? Take Your Pick) is more true. so long as you just accept it and quit Thinking!  It’s Thinking that causes The Discontent between reality and our new Real Outlook!  Get over it you readers of History and Socialize! You know you want to… A’Course, Davey Crockett went Alamo-Shopping not for new Slaves but to get some peace and quiet, so the Disney Legend goes, but his tale ends rather abruptly with some fantasy of John Wayne-ian torch throwing and a 20th Century discovery – to America, not to Mexico – that the coonskin capper was pulled out of the pile of dead Texicans and Americans under which he was hiding and hauled wailing and be-moaning his tired fate to a musketball-pocked wall to meet his fame and Walt’s Fortune.  Either (or Neither) story is true. Or Not.  But what is true is that Sam Houston sat in The Governor’s mansion at the start of the sixth decade of the 19th Century and wanted desperately to stop the slide to more blood than any could imagine, and if Crockett, Bowie and Travis had listened and obeyed orders they well might have remained alive to see what crushing history was made at San Jacinto (sp?) after Houston pulled “A Washington” which later became the tactics of some other revolutionary military thinkers named Mao and Ho. But that’s history, and you got your Social Studies Homework to do, doncha?)