The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Monday, December 10, 2012

100 WCGU #68

This week's prompt is a sentence fragment: ….they worked when I put them away….

Here, in exactly 100 words, is a follow up to Uncle Albert's Desk.

I wanted to explore the desk further, but had no unused words.

Weird Cubby Holes

Marci decided that such a bulky piece of furniture needed to do more than just take up space.  The cubby holes behind the roll top were perfect for storing her transistor radio, tape player, and the watch Rob gave her.

Later, she replaced the batteries in the radio and tape player, but neither ever ran again.  She took the watch to a repair shop and paid more than the original purchase price for a new mechanism.  But afterward it always ran unpredictably either fast or slow.

“It’s weird,” she told her friend Amy, “they worked when I put them away.”

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Reduced to a Haiku 

Why did that old desk
Cast aberrations on those
Mechanical things?

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As a six word story

Secrets does
That desk hold?

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Marci's thread


  1. I love the way this piece is fairly straightforward but then the cheeky glint in its eye at the end as the desk misbehaves....why? Summed up perfectly with the final six words...

  2. I loved this - it sounds a bit Steven King-ish. Wonder where that old desk came from in the very first place.

  3. I love the idea that there is more to this desk than meets the eye. :)

  4. Nice. Straightforward with a twinkle. I don't find the desk necessarily malevolent, merely mischievous!

  5. Ha, how original, a desk with a sabotage in mind. That was a good idea.

  6. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    It's not the desk itself that has these effects, but the presence of the other contents, as described in the earlier piece, Uncle Albert's desk, linked in the post.


  7. What a great take on the prompt.

  8. Ooh time travel, very interesting!


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