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Friday, October 28, 2011

With Real Toads: Autumn Barn

Kerry, of the writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, has given us this photo to use as an open prompt. She has suggested no word limit, no verse form, no style of any sort. We should look at the picture Autumn Barn and write what it suggests to us.
Am I going to take this seriously? With no instructions? With no limits imposed upon me? No discipline? No discussion? ¿No nada?
¡No way, Jose! I'm gonna have fun.

Photo provided as prompt

Look at that thing, said Granny.
Look at what thing? asked Gramps.
That thing beside the old barn there,
It's giving me the cramps!
Look what it's done, the awful thing,
It's knocking the barn for a loop.
It makes the wind blow so dam'd hard
There's nothing much left of the roof.
The siding's falling off it, too.
And it's leaning on three corners!
If you don't get rid of that thing,
I swear we'll soon be goners.
What thing? Gramps asked Granny again,
Do you mean the wind turbine?
Yes, that awful thing of yours,
'Cause it sure as hell ain't mine—
It makes the wind just blow and blow,
The barn's got nowhere to hide.
Soon it'll fall right into the crop,
Take the horse along for the ride.
Then you and I will follow next,
Be blown right into the air,
Like trailer parks in Kansas,
You and me won't be nowhere.
Wind turbines don't cause wind, said Gramps,
They use the wind that's there
And turn it into 'lectric volts
For all of us to share.
'Lectric? Granny yelled at him,
Electric, did you say?
This thing causes lightning, too?
I'm gone! Get outta my way!
Now Granny's in the seniors' home
With meds, and folks who "care"
And Grandpa's pulled the old barn down,
First taking the horse out of there.
Each day before he goes to town
He looks out at the wind turbine
And wonders who had it installed.
'Cause it sure as hell ain't mine.

Posted for
Friday Picture Prompt
at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
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15 comments:

Mary Ann Potter said...

Well, my rhyming genius friend, this is great! I especially like the way you ended this little story. Very cool!!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hee hee, I love it!!!!!!!!

Grace said...

An engaging and fun tale.. I like the ending too ~

Joyful said...

He he, you made me laugh.

Susie Clevenger said...

So creative...love the humor...I need to smile tonight...

Lily Riani said...

.... speechles..... one word = beautiful!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a very entertaining read - love the dialog and the relationship between Granny and Gramps.

Abin Chakraborty said...

loads of fun.cheers!

kaykuala said...

Kay,
You sustain the humor and the dialog to keep our interest alive! Love it!

Hank

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Grandma's Goulash said...

Just like a book blurb - I want to know how that wind turbine got there. This feels a bit like a Twilight Zone story - or maybe that's where Granny is! I think you should write more.

jabblog said...

Very entertaining - great fun:-)

cieldequimper said...

Lol, you're good at this!

Mystic_Mom said...

This is just great! I love how you wove such a story, and left us wanting more! Very well done...sounded much like my own Grandma's voice, and Grandpa having no idea what she was raving about! :-)

zongrik said...

nice rhymes