Saturday, May 1, 2010

Magpie tale #12

Willow,over at
hosts a weekly writing prompt using a photo.
Write a vignette or poem

This weeks prompt:

He saw her looking at it on his desk,"It does the job," he said,"...paper weight...get holds papers down.  Then he moved it on top of a pile of worksheets.
She walked around his desk and picked it up. "Heavy little sucker, where'd you get it?"
"None of your business, now if you don't mind, I have work to do."
"Sure, sure," she said stroking the back of his head then shilly shallying back to her office.
He wasn't about to tell some office twit the importance of the beautiful glass object.
It was his own personal reminder that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, despite looming danger, you might just get stuck that way forever...taking fake breaths of life and going nowhere.
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  1. Dear Suz: Very pleased to meet you! Love your story with a wise moral twist. Yes, indeed the old adage says "The definition of an unwise person is doing the same thing over and over again the same way and expecting different results". We do get stuck in ruts of patterned routine far too often not be able to see the forest for the trees. Freedom means trying something new and different, something outside one's normal and usual, tried and maybe not so true, comfort zone. I can so relate to your story. It has given me impetus to change; for the better too! Thank-you!

  2. I'm still searching but am getting so much closer to finding myself...I think age has something to do with know what I mean?

  3. Suz

    Interesting - very interesting indeed... a wise take on a Magpie

    Well done my dear,


  4. Terrific and timely piece of wisdom - the characters are neatly defined. Really enjoyed it!

  5. OK, here we go:

    "That damn manicurist! Just wait until I get my hands on her!"

    See, we live on different planets;)

  6. But it's so COMFORTABLE doing the same thing over and over :)

  7. This post is exactly why I love to shilly shally over to your blog!

  8. ouch! very powerful words that i felt go right to my heart! i AM that fish but am trying to break free of my self-imposed prison...a task that isn't very easy but deeply rewarding!
    suz, this was excellent, glad i came by today...guess i'll be shilly shallying back home now ;)

  9. oh, your closing lines leave me feeling a bit nicely done magpie!

  10. Suz, terrific analysis of life, all neatly contained in a paperweight. Well done!

  11. Shilly shallying, what a lovely phrase that says it all.
    This story had me laughing!


  12. That's the problem with being fixed in time and space...where to go? Very smart piece!!

  13. Suz,
    We can stand and observe or take part in the changing world.

  14. A powerful message -- and from a paperweight! Very good.

  15. Good message. Then again, if you're a fish you forget and are doomed to repeat yourself unwittingly. I can imagine the "office twit" doing just that.

  16. suz i NEVER know where you're going to take me....adore the story! (of course)


    mine is up!


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