Age before beauty, beauty before fish sauce….

Ffolkes,
In the beginning, there was fish sauce…. and not much else. Of course, this was because things were still new and confusing, and no one had even thought about ice cream, or margaritas. But, the weather was good, so it was okay with most everybody…… people didn’t used to be so greedy. Then, of course, came the rules, first set up by a preacher, and things have gone downhill ever since…..

Life got really hard once there were rules, because, hey, no more fish sauce at bedtime, and folks have been playing the blues ever since that fateful day. We’d probably all rather have the fish sauce, but the blues are a pretty good trade-off, when you stop to think about it. And nobody pays any attention any more to the preachers, so things will get better, unless we start that old politics thing again. Boy, every time we try that crap, somebody’s got to get all elitist and big-mouth, dissing everybody else and hogging all the money, which we need for ice cream and guitar picks….. I hate when that happens….

So, rather than fall prey to the depredations of rogue politicos, or assholes, as we call them downtown, I think we should go diving in the web for pearls, & see if we can find some really shiny ones…. Toothsome, over at adollyisciousirony, also known as All About Lemon, her blog site, has started another game, a story game, and today’s first section will talk about that…. Shall we Pearl?…..
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One of my absolute favorite blog sites is called All About Lemon, aka adollyisciousirony, or Toothsome’s Place…. Dolly posts the most amazing stuff, and is always starting a new game for bloggers to play along…. Now we have the Story Game…. Dolly gives the first five words of a story, then the next blogger writes five more, then another blogger writes five more words, and so on to the end of the story that develops, with each blogger tagging one of their blogging friends or followers to provide the next five words, AND, with each blogger providing a link to the original post, to the tagger’s post, and to their site, where they’ve listed their five words…. Once the words are written, that blogger then tags another blogger to give five more words, and so on… So, the original story line started here, …….

http://allaboutlemon.com/toothsome-story-game/    …….  

with these five words from Dolly…”Once upon a Toothsome Day,”……

then, Illustrious Illustrator Mark Armstrong added, “a truck full of donuts” at his site, here: 

http://wp.me/PRFVr-1DO

So, now we have, “Once upon a Toothsome Day, a truck full of donuts…”

Linda Vernon, the next taggee, added these words, …..  “pulled up at Al’s house…”

as listed on Linda’s post at: 

http://lindavernon.wordpress.com/falderal/   

Linda, to my surprise, tagged me follow her, so…… here is my response, with five more words of brilliance, of course….. The story now reads…..

“Once upon a Toothsome Day, a truck pulled up at Al’s house….”

My contribution is: “leaking glazed all-bran crullers”…..  So, the story now goes like this….

“Once upon a Toothsome Day, a truck pulled up at Al’s house, leaking glazed all bran crullers…..”

Now, it becomes the turn of the person who I am tagging, and that person is:  WillowDot21, from her site here:

http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/  

Good Luck Willow!

Keep an eye on Dolly’s site to see the eventual finished product of our fooling about……
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Denial of Comfort

Baleful chairs become the enemy, heralded in red
seemingly welcome softness beckons with a smile,
waiting, content with slaughter, they are finally led
screaming in agony, deluged in venom all the while.

Desperate distraction becomes such a friendless fire
for all the patterns of autumn’s pale dismay,
leaving sincerely latent trails in spirals of twisted wire,
while memory insists upon failure, palpably evil, and fey.

Fat, jaded tears would have fallen in good time,
if only the suitable suitor had scaled the garden’s wall.
Credence for discounted prices luckily in their prime
bring only fascinated eyes into such a hallowed hall.

Searching for answers is ever a clever portrayal
with studious accouterments to fulfill each common rule.
Arguably patient pictures of science and honest betrayal
shall evermore languish, in light of passion so elegantly cruel.

~~ gigoid

Ouch, that hurt…..

“I was reading the dictionary.  I thought it was a poem about everything.” — Steven Wright
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Where else can you find intellectual games, with no pressure to win, that allow you to pick your own conclusions, other than right here, exploring consensual reality with me? Nowhere, that’s where…. So, here is another old-fashioned pearl for your perusal, with the conclusion right there in plain sight, for anyone to see…. it’s Hobson’s choice, all over again….

Politics is what happens to democracy when not enough people care. — Anonymous, Thursday, 1992

After his Ignoble Disgrace, Satan was being expelled from  Heaven.  As he passed through the Gates, he paused a moment in thought, and turned to God and said, “A new creature called Man, I hear, is soon to be created.”
“This is true,” He replied.
“He will need laws,” said the Demon slyly.
“What!   You, his appointed Enemy for all Time!  You ask for the right to make his laws?”
“Oh, no!”  Satan replied, “I ask only that he be allowed to make his own.”
It was so granted.

— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill  in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” — Voltaire

“A man that expects to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic and is locked up. But a man that thinks people can be turned into angels by legislation is called a reformer and allowed to walk free.” — Mr. Dooly

Sometimes, it’s just too easy….. but, somebody’s got to do it…..   🙂
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Well, that was a thoroughly enjoyable Pearl to make, other than the poem, which hurt like hell getting it out. But, better out than in, as I always say….. And, it’s cost effective, too! The overhead is really low on that stuff….. but, I know you’re not interested in the economics of writing a blog, any more than I am, so we’ll just forget all that, and bid thee adieu for another day…..  Y’all take care out there, and May the Metaphorse be with you…..


Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes
I just sits.

gigoid

Dozer

Kowabunga!

 

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35 thoughts on “Age before beauty, beauty before fish sauce….

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  2. Ned! I second Dolly’s comment! Now I’ve got glazed all bran crullers on the brain. They sound like they are the healthiest of donuts. And what a poem Ned! WOWEE! And all the other wonderfuls I enjoyed very much! 😀

    • Linda… thanks! I missed this one earlier, somehow… not surprising,given my recent two weeks of repeated mental and physical distractions…. any who, glad you liked it, and I hope I get more time on the ‘Net soon, so I can catch up to everyone… Take care…. 🙂

  3. Loved your 5 words, Ned. I had to look up ‘Crullers’ (hadn’t heard that word before), and yum; don’t they sound mouth wateringly good…!
    Ouch, I agree; that poem kinda hurt…. “Desperate distraction becomes such a friendless fire
    for all the patterns of autumn’s pale dismay.”
    I love the Steve Wright quote….!
    Cheers, Ned – Have a better one…! 🙂

    • Thanks, Carolyn…. funny, I thought crullers were big Down Under, as they are originally a British concoction…. I’m glad you liked the poem; it was a bad day, pain-wise, and it helped a lot to get that down…. You have a great day, too!…. 🙂

  4. While the words and rhytm of “Denial of Comfort” are beautiful, my head aches a bit from trying to grasp fully the concept. “Ouch, that hurt” – indeed!

    I’ll return later for a reread when my son doesn’t have the tv blasting.

    And with all due respect to the great comedian Steven Wright, who needs to read a dictionary when you can simply visit gigoid’s site to expand your vocabulary. In all my years, it’s safe to say I’ve never written or uttered the words “fey” or “crullers.”

    • Tea Party….. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem… it might help in getting the meaning if you know that it concerns physical pain, which is a constant companion in my world, due to injuries and arthritis, combined with age…. That was a bad morning, in that respect, and the poem just flowed out of it….

      I appreciate your kind words re: vocabulary; it has always been a goal for me to use the language well, and that means using all of it. When I was a kid, my favorite reading was to open the dictionary, and start reading wherever it fell open…. and the statement from Mr. Wright sort of catches that spirit… I’m also happy to bring new words to you, especially such fine ones…. fey is a great word, giving the feeling of fairies, and witches, and wizards, and all sorts of grand fantasy……and crullers are one of the world’s great treats!

      Thanks again…. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Pearls….. 🙂

      • I recall the title and first two paragraphs certainly depcited a discomfort and anguish. The last two paragraphs lost me a bit. I’ll reexamine the poem later tonight when there’s some peace and quiet in the house.

        The topic certainly hits home a bit, as my mother suffers from pain and discomfort related to arthritis and aging. In different ways, you and she are rising above it to make an impact and enrich the lives of others.

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