“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” — Albert Einstein

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Tyranny of the Majority

They play with guns in the woods
and practice survival, like boy scouts.
They want to be ready
when the helicopters come.
They talk ammo and snipers
and live in fear of the day
they become a minority.
They say they want to take their country back.
But who are they taking it back from?

For the history behind the Flash 55 (a story told within 55 words), click here. If you want to try your hand at a 55, post it on your blog and then visit the G-Man. If writing flash isn't your thing, visit him anyway and check out all the awesome writing therein linked. Then have yourself a nice weekend across the latitudes.


g-man said...

I've often wondered that very same thing.
I loved your 55...Thanks.
You always have a class post!!
Thanks for visiting, thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...Galen

järnebrand said...

Wow. Excellent. This was really good. I love the way you write.
Have a wonderful weekend! Love/ Jo.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

So true, isn't it?
All these wars..for what indeed.
Great 55!
Mine is here
I have three 55 to offer.
Hope you like them.
Have you a blessed weekend!

Al said...

I am bewildered by how afraid and disenfranchised so many seem to feel in the US.
Your flash captures an essence of that beautifully.

Brian Miller said...

this is a rather scary 55 because it is all to real. esp in light of recent events...nicely done.

mine is up!

Peter Stone said...

This is eerily familiar, just how many are subscribing to this mindset today? It is not legal to own a gun in my country, I shudder to think of what could happen in the US with so many of them available.

John's comments said...
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John's comments said...

oops wrong link

Good point! Gone for a poem this week based on the Etheree form created about twenty years ago by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong It normally consists of ten lines of unmetered and unrhymed verse, the first line having one syllable, each succeeding line adding a syllable. I added an extra row for the word count and the punch line. See what I mean here.

Hootin' Anni said...

You and me, we think alike on this.

Mine this week is DOUBLE STANDARD As always, scroll down a bit, below my Friday's Show n Tell.

Have a super weekend fellow 55'r!!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much. That's one classy compliment! Thanks for being my first responder. I don't know how you do all this.

Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it.

Sadly true. Thanks for commenting. I'll check yours out for sure!

That's exactly the way many of us here feel...bewildered. Bewildered by the steady stream of hate-filled hysteria in our national discourse. Thanks for weighing in.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks! It certainly is, especially because of all the "crazies" in the woods of Michigan.

Thank you. I find the opinions of those outside our country to be especially interesting. Why do we Americans have such a love affair with weapons? Thanks for visiting my 55.

Hi! Thanks for stopping in. It's a relief to know I'm not alone!

Thanks for commenting. Your poem sounds interesting. I'm off to check it out.

Paul C said...

Interesting interplay of who's the majority/minority and the ideas represented.

Cynthia Reese said...

Now how can you DO that?! Pack so much into 55?

Terrific writing ... kind of makes me want to say to myself, "Back awaaaay from the keyboard, back slowly away from the keyboard, and nobody will get hurt." :-)

Jingle said...

smart and full of courage!
lovely 55.
Happy Friday!

JStar said...

This was very touching! Thanks for stopping by and checking my 55 out!


Anonymous said...

Have you ever heard of the Hungarian author Istvan Orkeny? He writes something called "One Minute Stories" and your writing really reminds me of that. So much packed into so little. This topic is so current, it's almost electric! Love it. As always.

Wine and Words said...

Little boys and big dreams. So simple in the time of our youth. The reality much more complex.

Me said...

Great 55, you do put a lot into those words. Moving and powerful theme.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my 55, too.

Have a great weekend!

sarahjayne smythe said...

Whoa! I love this. :)

SandyCarlson said...

You've met my neighbors.
I would like a bunch of social workers to parachute in and INTERVENE.

Felicitas said...

Fear and the feeling of being separate from others can make people do terrible and irrational things. That's why it's so necessary for those of us who can see more clearly to take a stand - THANK YOU!

Talli Roland said...

This is brilliant, Yvonne. And all in 55 words!

Have a great weekend!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Yes, thank you. Appreciate your comment!

Hi! Why, thank you. Seriously....are you serious? I'm pleased to have you on my blog.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I so appreciate it!

Thank you and you're welcome.

Thank you. I have not heard of Istvan Orkeny. I'm certainly honored though that you would consider me anywhere close to someone like that. I guess I'll have to google him!

How very true. Thanks.

Hi! Welcome to my blog. It was a pleasure to stop by yours.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you.

That's so funny. I can just see it and I know those neighbors! Thanks.

Thanks! Yes, I wish more people would speak up and quell some of the outrageousness stoked by a few.

Thanks a bunch! And I like your new photo.

Jingle said...


some May awards,
Happy Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Ach, something at my comment last week.

Yvonne, this 55 was awesome. You have such a knack for putting together fully formed stories in such a short space. Genius really.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much. You have a knack for stellar comments!

Gabriela Abalo said...

fantastic 55!!

and very realistic too.

well done!


Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks very much.

Jingle said...

Happy Tuesday!
I comment here because I do not want to be the first in your most updated post...
keep writing,
keep shining!

Yvonne Osborne said...

You're pretty funny. You can conmment anywhere you want here. But why not be first???

Jingle said...

Two awards for poetry,
the most honest poet award,
the most open minded poet award,

two general awards,
the big heart award,
you are the princess snow-white award.

Hope that you enjoy these 4 award.
Happy Weekend!

Yvonne Osborne said...

I accept. :)

kanishk said...

I love the way you write.
Have a wonderful weekend! Love/
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Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much. I believe this is the first time you've left me a comment, and just wanted to say thanks.