Monday, August 13, 2012

Saturday Centus: Jailed

Jailed man picture: Nicolas Fouquet replica
prison cell in the Vaux-le-Vicomte cellar
(see at this postclick on picture to enlarge).
To whom it may disturb:
A quick SOS:  My bloodthirsty, brutal, and barbarous captors did away with our coach around midnight last; now our opportunity for gold ribbons at Junior Olympics is minimal but a hasty dispatch of fighting corps with ransom funds could pull us away from additional harm. 
Your pitifully off buddy, Clark K.
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We visited this castle in France during our Our 2009 European Holiday. It is about 60 km southeast of Paris meaning a 60 minute drive in good traffic.
Instructions for this Saturday Census post provided provided by Jenny. For more Saturday Census authors or how to do your own, go here to Jenny Matlock's blog.

Directions per Jenny: 
°The prompt this week is one sentence long.
°The sentence can be as long or as short as you like.
°The challenge is to write a fluent sentence without using the letter "E". E is the most used letter in the English language. Let's see how you do with an absent-e!
°Number of words: Whatever you need to write one cohesive sentence.
°Pictures: Any number

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

One Single Impression: Bathing

Saturday Night Bathing

Each Saturday night
Mum bathed her little babies
still bathes them now grown

Wash behind their ears
she scrubs their behinds with soap
she scratches her head

She didn't admit
no babies were there to wash
not one could be seen

She looked high and low
wouldn't tell she'd thrown them out
with the bath water

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Brian Miller of Haiku Water brings us this week's prompt, 'bathing'
Find more poems using 'bathing' prompt word at One One Single Impression
This poem is also registered with Open Link Mondays at Mama Z's Real Toads
1.  This is an old saying, "... to throw out the baby with the bath water." 
I have heard that it originated when in England the whole family bathed in one tub of scarce water.  They went by age and sex, generally the grandfather was first, then the grandmother, followed by the father, etc, until the baby was last.  Often times the water was so dirty that the mother (doing the bathing) could not see the baby in the dirty water and so she threw out both.

2.  The saying has come to mean one of two things, I prefer the second meaning below.  Neither of these come out in my poem and I do not intend that they apply to it:

[a] Throw out the baby with the bath water is an idiomatic expression used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential.

[b] A slightly different explanation suggests that this flexible catchphrase has to do with discarding the essential while retaining the superfluous because of excessive zeal. In other words, the idiom is applicable not only when it's a matter of throwing out the baby with the bath water, but also when someone might throw out the baby and keep the bath water. (from Wikidedia)

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