What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life? -Mary Oliver

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Friday Flash 55 - Tick Tock

The man was a clock.
Tick Tock.
He threatened the teenager who quit without notice.
He punched the migrant worker for no reason at all.
He threatened to kill the irrigation man
who forgot the couplings
Tick Tock needed for his strawberries.
They thought he was all talk
but now they're all sorry.
Tick Tock.


The storm surrounds us and knocked out the power a place away. The woods across the road are backlit by strobes of  lightning, and I try not to put too much stock in what might be seen outside the window on a night such as this. Beware the Ides of March. The man on the loose.

If you write a flash 55 for the Ides of March, make sure you let the G-Man know.

23 comments:

Brian Miller said...

wow hope the storm is not too bad...i hate people like the tick tock guy....so set to blow at the slightest thing...i know why he disappeared...smiles.

G-Man said...

Yvonne...?
Hahahahahaha!
I got out of Michigan today for about 5 days!!!
Loved your ominous 55
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Alice Audrey said...

That's not a clock, that's a time bomb.

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoyed the words. Glad I’m off the clock these day.
The storm passed over our heads here.

TALON said...

Yikes! We had some serious T-storms very early this morning with huge hail. I'm so glad I didn't peek out because I'd be sure to see that man! :)

anthonynorth said...

That sounds scary. Hope all is okay.

izzy said...

Ooooh can we have a ghost story -?
(YAY)...only after the weather season
we went through last year- I don't know...Thanks!

Liza said...

No storms here, just a damp sense of brooding. Great flash...

Daydreamertoo said...

Wow... I hope all ended well in the end.
Beware the Ides of March indeed!
Great 55 :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Brian,
Thanks for commenting. We're still here! There are too many Tick Tocks nowadays.

G-Man,
So you aren't really missing??:) Enjoy your time away. It was a nasty storm, tornados hitting too close to home.

Alice,
Right you are. Thanks.

Tony,
Lucky you. One of these days I will be too. I heard the storms blew off into Lake Huron and Lake Erie.

Talon,
Thanks! He still hasn't been found!

Anthony,
Thanks. The lights are still on and our roof intact.

Izzy,
I'm always up for a good ghost story. Thanks

Liza,
I like that....a damp sense of brooding. Well put. Thanks!

Daydreamer,
Thanks. It's the Ides of March, but it feels like summer. What happened??

Other Mary said...

I think there are more people all the time like your watch man! Good write, and I hope you could enjoy the storm and escape damage. I always love a good one.

Mama Zen said...

There's an awful lot of tick tock going on these days!

hedgewitch said...

Ominous, like the weather lately, and just what a bunch of kids like us tell around the campfire to scare the bejeezis out of ourselves--but I think there are all too many time bombs like this running around, unfortunately. Great 55.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Mary,
They're everywhere, existing behind a thin veil of normalcy. The storm was a good one and did no serious damage around these parts.

Mama,
That seems to be the general consensus. Everyone has their own Tick Tock Man. Thanks!

Hedgewitch,
Wouldn't you just love to sit around a campfire with the G-Man and all his followers and exchange ghost stories? I sure would. I could tell you a couple. Thanks!

manicddaily said...

Wow! Scary guy in the storm. Reminds me of Time itself only time "punches" its card and everyone fairly indiscriminately. (Though I suppose some hurt more than most.) k.

Wander said...

Boom! this was a fun...and also disturbing poem....

Wander

Yvonne Osborne said...

Manic,
Time does punch the card indiscrimately. Even though we duck and feint.

Wander,
Thank you. I'm glad you found it so:)

Doctor FTSE said...

I wouldn't wnt to meet him!

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Funny how eager we are to ignore the ticking. Then we'd have to deal with it.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Doc,
I think I know him, or know of him.

Ann,
Right. Ignore it in the hope it'll just go away. Thank you for stopping by.

Margaret said...

"tick tock" I remember once when my kids and I were in the laundry room during a tornado warning, we brought a radio clock in the room with us. And every sixty seconds we could here the flip of the number... time dragged on for about 20 minutes but it seemed like 20 hours. The radio announcer even said the tornado was passing over the road next to our house...

but it was more of a "flip" :)

MomsJournal said...

Maybe instead of strawberries he should grow some weed and defuse the bomb. (I'm just joking around) ;-)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Margaret,
That must have been terrifying. I can hear that ticking. I hate being down where I can't see what's going on.

Mom,
Ha! Yeah, maybe he should grow weeds and have at them with a machete. I like that.