Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Muse - These Three

 Three Guys -- Larry, Harry, and Barry; there might more 

These three guys are a basket case.  Useless now.  Afraid.  

of their Shadows. 

So now let's find. Find their situations. Situations.  Troubled situations.  

A caveat.   I've met two of them.  Only these aren't their real pictures.  

First there's Larry.   Larry the smoker.  

Larry was a chain smoker.  A chain smoker who smoked like a choo choo train.   Wouldn't stop when his cancer of the mouth and cancer of the left lung were getting him down.  Down but not out he said.  

Doctor, doctor, please make me a hole in my esophagus so that I can breathe again.  Breathe he did but inhale also. Inhale the smoke from his cigar.  

Then there's Harry.  Harry the Bather 

Harry fell one day.  He fell through the shower door.  Fell on his nose and his face.  He broke the glass, little pieces.  Hand mirror sized but not that kind of glass.   

Surgery.  Surgery a lot.  Surgery that could not fix his face.  

So he hid his face.  Hide it behind a towel.  Even when he walked.  That's the way he walked.  Carried it in his hand when no one was around.  But when he sat he hid his face, hid it rested on the back of his chair.  The chair didn't care.  Liked him just the same.  

And the third guy.  Barry.  I've named him Barry because it rhymes with Barely but Barelys' not a real name.  But Barry is barely there.  Barry knows it's his time, time to get messed up.  Messed up like his buddies got. 

That bugs not out of him. 

Barry does have three legs, one original and two tacked to his bod.  The three of them help his balance, a three legged milk stool comes to mind.  That is embarrassing so he hides behind his mother's woolen skirt.  Looks at you coyly when you pass by.

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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - I am linked with Fireblossom, aka Shay, for The Sunday Muse #178 picture prompts at http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/2021/09/sunday-muse-178.html?m=1 

 - I'm also linked with Rosemary at The Writers' Pantry #88,  https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2021/09/writers-pantry-88-season-turns.html?m=1 

 - Note:  This actually happened to the first two men, actions but not the same results as I posted.  The third fellow, Barry, is fictitious. 

 - I used 324 words.  

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19 Comments:

At Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:01:00 PM, Blogger Carrie Van Horn said...

A triple humor piece. Made me smile Jim. I needed that today. Thank you.

 
At Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:54:00 PM, Blogger indybev said...

I like the personal vignettes on the first two; number three IS rather unremarkable!

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 2:21:00 AM, Blogger Vandana Sharma said...

What a hilarious piece of poetry, I enjoyed it!

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 2:22:00 AM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Dear oh dear! Carrie thinks this is humorous? I think it's sad, horrifying and grotesque!

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 2:24:00 AM, Blogger scotthastiepoet said...

Jim, such fresh and original writing... somewhat startling! And great to be surprised so... Part of what writing and creativity generally is all about. And yes, it's not always going to work perfectly, when you scatter your seed in such an exploratory way, but agin that is what the creative process is all about. It's great what youb are doing...

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 4:45:00 AM, Blogger Marion Horton said...

Thankfully furniture doesn't judge us!

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 6:36:00 AM, Blogger Naledi said...

This piece had such a cinematic quality to it. Very lovely and visually appealing ❤️

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 7:09:00 AM, Blogger Fireblossom said...

Liked Barry the best.

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 8:16:00 AM, Blogger C. Sandlin said...

Yikes. I was expecting cautionary tales from the first...but that took a turn.

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:30:00 AM, Blogger indybev said...

You seem to understand Larry and Harry very well, but Barely There Barry remains an enigma!!

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 11:03:00 AM, Blogger dsnake1 said...

pretty messed up guys, but then there will be something to write about.
i like how you take us through each of their stories. :)

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Myrna R. said...

I think these are sad and funny at the same time. They are testimony to your vast imagination.

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:02:00 PM, Blogger ms_lili said...

So sorry you've met two of them. Great character studies, Jim.

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

I like the Barry / barely wordplay. Interesting characters...

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 4:23:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

The weight of opinion is against my earlier comment. But then, I was the little girl who used to cry at cartoons onscreen because critters were getting splattered on concrete etc., instead of laughing happily like all the other kids. Put it down to some inherent deficiency on my part.

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 4:49:00 PM, Blogger Helen said...

Loved your version of 'The three stooges' ... well done.

 
At Sunday, September 19, 2021 5:27:00 PM, Blogger Truedessa said...

ha - interesting character sketches. This was fun to read and humor saves the day. Thanks for the comic relief.

 
At Monday, September 20, 2021 11:48:00 PM, Blogger Jenna said...

I enjoyed this creative story. :)

 
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