The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
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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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Five Sentence Fiction - Time

For reasons that should become abundantly clear quite soon, I am especially delighted that on today, of all days, our prompt is TIME.

Lillie McFerrin


Marci met The Time Shifter at a small, out of the way club where he played magical jazz piano for tips he didn't need and drinks that seemed to sustain him.

He also worked real magic and, for a while, she thought he might be a god.

At midnight, after he finished off a set of odd-metered Brubeck tunes* with The Unsquare Dance - and she finished off her third glass of Pinot Noir - he walked a long way with her through shadow to a place where time slips along a different stream and the gibbous sun hung just past its zenith. 

They made love there on the soft grass by a waterfall under the sheltering boughs of a weirwood tree, slept entwined, then, as the russet sun stained the late afternoon sky magenta, made love again.

When they walked back into the club, only nine minutes had elapsed.

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As a haiku

Time flies when you make
Love, but if the time is right,
Takes no time at all.

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As a six word story

At times
Can be timeless
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* Dave Brubeck passed on yesterday.  He would have been 92 today.  He was a pioneer in taking jazz to times and places never before explored with tunes like TAKE FIVE, BLUE RONDO ALA TURK, and the simple but not simplistic UNSQUARE DANCE.

My brief paean to Dave Brubeck can be found here.

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This vignette, another part of Marci's back story, occurs several years before Marci and Gil reunite - in fact, before they even met for the first time.

Marci's thread


  1. The full story was great, but I think I liked the haiku best. Nice work.

  2. A beautiful post, and yes, we mourn David... Good time for Marci though, lucky gal! :)

  3. What a great idea of paring it down into smaller and smaller works! I liked all versions of it

  4. Beautiful tribute to both love and good music, how well they blend together!

  5. Great story! And I love that you included the haiku as well. The description in your piece was fabulous.

  6. great story, haiku and 6 words.

    But a gibbous sun (?) just mooned me on the horizon (ha.)

    Love x time = eternal

    My 3 word equation poem back at you.

    obviously your work was not gibbous but fully appreciated.


  7. Very nicely done, both the prose and the poetry. I particularly enjoyed the Haiku. Good work.


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