Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Thrift Shop

Image provided by Tess Kincaid as a writing prompt
for this week's Magpie Tales

Wordle 162 words provided by Brenda Warren and Pamela Kaler Sayers as a writing prompt for this week's The Sunday Whirl

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The Thrift Shop

I'm stuck in the squeak
of the old rocking chair's rail.
I fear the weight stress
I will add thrusting
to rise and as well the laugh
the crash will earn me.

I survey my need.
Now I want a treat - berry
ice my lips' best mate
meeting my drooping

Oh, I should chase them off,
all those fat pigeons
from the store's north door.
They will flutter disdain for
my broom and coo in
the key of C#
but flat a bit. My report
will show these birds can't
really sing a note.

At this thought my ragged smile
reaches my gnarled hands
on the chair's scratched arms.
It's hard to keep this damn store
open at my age.

May 25, 2014 3:23 PM


  1. A true struggle to manage a thrift store.. Things tend to pile up

  2. Very good magpie, you put the words to work well!

  3. A pleasing response to the prompt...

  4. Hard but maybe that smile suggests it's still a pleasure..thank you for taking me into that picture

  5. Pigeons disdain your broom? Oh, never! Oh, wait! Yes! ;)

    Wordle Grotesqueries

  6. You exposed a new direction to the magpie.. Very nicely done. :)

  7. Good job of blending the prompts. Not easy, and you did it well.


  8. Please keep it open...I'm your best customer...

  9. Thank you all for your kindness.


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