Finite Creatures: Mortal loss

At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

(Thank you for suggesting this prompt, Swoosieque.)

Immortality is for the gods.

Mortality for feeble men  and women.

Mortality strikes,

Whenever someone you love or cherish dies,

A little part of you

Leaves with them too.

—Linus Fernandes.

Circuitous Paths: Deadbeats

A stranger knocks on your door, asking for directions from your home to the closest gas station (or café, or library. Your pick!). Instead of the fastest and shortest route, give him/her the one involving the most fun detours.

A stranger came knocking at my door.

And asked me for the shortest route

To the next town.

He was accompanied by his wife and kids.

They seemed weary, exhausted, dead.

I packed them off to the nearest motel instead.

—Linus Fernandes.



Reverse Shot: In Perspective

What’s your earliest memory involving another person? Recreate the scene — from the other person’s perspective.

Reverse perspective (and normal) of a cube

Reverse perspective (and normal) of a cube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am quite put out,

With having to relive 

Someone else’s perspective

By today’s prompt.

I think I’m the first

To acknowledge your point of view.

I believe it’s time,

You noted mine too.

-Linus Fernandes.

Avant Garde: Johnny-come-lately

From your musical tastes to your political views, were you ever way ahead of the rest of us, adopting the new and the emerging before everyone else?

If I’m ahead of the curve,

I’m sure there’s one or more,

Who could come along

And make it better.

And then there’s me.


Who can go one better than you.

The nub: 

It cuts both ways.

—Linus Fernandes.


Twenty-Five Seven: Another hour

Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

The Daily Prompter

claims it’s good news

that the day’s been expanded

by another hour.

The man lies.

“Work expands to fill the time.”

It’s another sixty minutes a waste.

—Linus Fernandes.

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Alternative version of image:Wooden hourglass 2.jpg. Wooden hourglass. Total height:25 cm. Wooden disk diameter: 11.5 cm. Running time of the hourglass: 1 hour. Hourglass in other languages: ‘timglas’ (Swedish), ‘sanduhr’ (German), ‘sablier’ (French), ‘reloj de arena’ (Spanish), ‘zandloper’ (Dutch), ‘klepsydra’ (Polish), ‘přesýpací hodiny’ (Czech), ‘ampulheta’ (Portugese). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Reader’s Block: Compassionate Companion

What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading a book (since learning how to read, of course)? Which book was it that helped break the dry spell?

English: Canadian novelist Steven Erikson read...

English: Canadian novelist Steven Erikson reading a book. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The question is :

For how long?

The truth simply is:

I can’t remember.

There’s never really been a time,

I’ve not  had a companion

By my side.

Although I must confess,

In my youth,

I read some trash.

—Linus Fernandes.

Counting Voices: Conversational monologue

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

Speaking aloud to myself,

Is sometimes an effective way,

To clear a cloudy head.

But I’d be more than fine with a dialogue,

Though it probably is better 

that it  be a series of  conversations.

One talks,  the other listens—well.

Turns at each role.

Clarity in communication—the goal.

(“Understand me, chump.”

“Comprehend me, sweetheart.”

It’s a one-to-one.)

A lively group discussion,

Not a shouting melee,

Can throw up ideas,

In a  huddle we brainstorm.

They all have their uses,

They all have certain aims,

And as long we don’t take ourselves too seriously,

Life should be a round of games.

—Linus Fernandes.