“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

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Gun - (friday flash 55)

He rages against the government
and hits himself in the face
with his nervous tick.
He teaches a class for concealed weapons
and lobbies hard for open carry.
Broken capillary nose of an alcoholic
with the wide-set eyes of a madman,
he smacks himself in the face,
ogles the girls
and fears for his guns.

These days it seems the madmen are closing in. Thank goodness for an online community of writers that is healthy and diverse. Tell us a story in fifty-five words, and let the G-Man know, or just visit him for links to lots of little fifty-fivers by some very talented players.

In the meantime...



Brian Miller said...

there are plenty of madmen out there...and what do you do...i dunno...so glad they have guns though...sheesh....

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks Brian. I sure feel safer knowing they all have concealed weapon permits. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Janna said...

The world is indeed full of things (and people) to fear, as well as the occasional wonderful happy thing.

I wonder sometimes which side is winning.

Thanks for doing Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

The side of reason and freedom from fear...I hope. There are a lot of happy things. I think I'll start concentrating on those. Thanks!

Steven J. Wangsness said...

Right on, sis.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank ya Steven.

izzy said...

Wow ! interesting take! really good given current events ( sadly)
Thanks for sharing!

Heaven said...

The world of guns is scary to me ~ Thank goodness in Canada these things are banned ~ Happy Friday ~

G-Man said...

Crazy is Crazy.
If guns were banned, these crazy bastards would build a bomb out of fertilizer and ammonia.
Loved your Maddening 55
Thanks for playing, thanks for hitting on such a touchy topic, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Alice Audrey said...

There are certainly some scary people out there. You've got to wonder about a mother who encourages her son to learn to handle guns because she knows he's unstable.

J.B. Chicoine said...

It amazes me how much you can pack into 55 words. So disturbing and intriguing at the same time--a truly compelling character.

Yvonne Osborne said...


Seems the more guns these guys have the more paranoid they become. Thanks.

You're right, of course. You know I love these touchy topics. Thanks again for hosting.

I've wondered that too. You have a mentally disturbed child so you take him to the shooting range?
Thanks for commenting.

Hi! Thank you so much. Thanks for mentioning the central character. Nobody else has.

Jinksy said...

Methinks I have another kind of scary for this week's 55! LOL

Jemi Fraser said...

I've got a vivid image in my head from this! Well done :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Okay...I'll check it out.

Thank you!!

Manicddaily said...

Terrifying. Very vividly described. Galen is right in some ways that crazy people will do crazy things, but it takes much more diligence and knowhow to build and set a home made device than just go out and buy and assault rifle! k.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that is one scary nutjob!

Yvonne Osborne said...

My thoughts completely. Thanks!!

What's really scary is that it's a real portrait. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it!

Other Mary said...

You're right Yvonne, there is no shortage of crazies out there. I find it quite chilling. Thanks for keeping attention on this. And thank you for your very nice comment on my blog.

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Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you, and you're welcome.

I think so. Thanks for coming over.

Theresa Milstein said...

Chilling poem. All too real these days.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Theresa,
Thanks. We could try to ignore it in hopes that it would go away...

Searching for the Story said...

They're loud and hysterical, and that makes them seem like more than they are. But you know, I really can't recall a moment in my lifetime when the debate has been so insane.

The opposition seems to be composed of children.