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The Bully in the Porcelain Shoppe

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In response to The Daily Post prompt: juxtapose.

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He steps inside and pirouettes,
Gracefully circling the displays
Of fragile pyramids of china ballerinas
And stacks of orange-haired clowns balanced on one another’s outstretched hands.

One false move and the monumental constructions
Could collapse in a crash of carnival catastrophe.
The possibility prompts him to tremble with anticipation.
Who could fault him for losing his balance
On a stray banana peel?

Can he exercise the discipline of the dancer?
Or will he play the clown
Reveling in the destruction of the perfectly engineered showcase?
Leave now! Don’t even imagine the thrilling downfall of everything dainty…

Too late—an errant elbow moves of its own accord.
Chaos ensues.

Famous

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In response to today’s Daily Post prompt.

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photo by Robert Hooft

 

I wanted the success,
But did I want the fame?
I dreamed people would love my work,
Then be delighted to discover I was the author.
Can’t I be famously anonymous?
Enjoy my royalties without having to take selfies with strangers,
Pretending to be intimately acquainted?
Could I just be paid now,
And schedule my fifteen minutes after I’m gone?

The Demise of the Daily Post—and an Attempt to Fill the Void

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SorrowYesterday, the news that WordPress’ Daily Post will cease broke my heart. I especially will miss the writing prompts and the photography challenges, in which I have often participated during the last three years. The writing prompts have helped me in my effort to write more poetry—they helped ideas spark in my imagination.

This morning it occurred to me that others can step up to do what The Daily Post did. So, during June 2018, ARHtistic License will post a daily prompt that creatives can respond to in any medium or genre—memoir, flash fiction, watercolor, photography, poetry, whatever. Bloggers can create a pingback to the prompt, or leave a link in the comments. (If you share your post with us, please read at least two other offerings.)

If the ARHtistic License Prompt catches on during June, I’ll continue it indefinitely.

What do you think? Will you participate? Please share in the comments below.

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Assumption vs. Deduction

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In response to The Daily Post prompt: assumption.

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I assumed you were right.
You were always right.
At least, I always trusted you were right.
I never thought to question.

After you left,
I deduced you were wrong.
Worse than that.
You lied.

I assumed you were my friend,
But I deduced I was only means to an end.
Once you got what you wanted,
You misted away like a mirage.

©ARHuelsenbeck

Awkward

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In response to today’s Daily Post prompt.

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Balancing too many obligations
Like bricks atop stemware
Tricky to negotiate
Top-heavy at best
Risk involved
Threatening to collapse
Is it just awkward
Hard to manage
Uncomfortable
Or doomed to failure

Infect

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt.

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Litany of Diseases
(and some things that are not)
by ARHuelsenbeck

Streptococcus
Staphylococcus
Measles
Meningitis

Roseola
Salmonella
Gastroenteritis

Scarlet fever
Yellow fever
Mononucleosis

Chicken pox
Tuberculosis
E. coli and
Halitosis

Bird flu
Swine flu
Cystitis
Influenza

UTI
HIV
Your grandma’s old credenza

Common cold
Mad cow disease
Ebola and
Pneumonia

West Nile virus
Lyme disease
Addictive cellophonia

Cholera, mumps
Anthrax
Malaria and
Rabies

Hepatitis
Botulism
Tetanus and
Babies

Thin

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In response to The Daily Post promptthin.

Ask a Supermodel; I wouldn’t Know

What’s it like to be thin?dandelion

You’re like downy dandelion seeds:
Easily dispersed by a stiff breeze.
You don’t know what a chocolate éclair is.
You only eat lettuce and water.
Your size is never sold out.
At a party, everybody talks to you
Wanting to be your best friend
While the heavier people stand alone.
People assume you’re smarter and richer than you really are.
You always get attention when you want it.
When you don’t, you just stand sideways and disappear.