Thursday, June 15, 2017

after the war

by major stafford sternwall

although it had become acceptable since the war to walk around without any pants on, jeffrey always felt more comfortable wearing pants, especially when the musgraves came to visit.

he thought there might be some pants belonging to grandfather’s old suits hanging in the closet of the back room on the fifth floor, so he made his way, with as sprightly as gait as he could manage, up the back staircases.

there were, of course. no candles on any of the walls, and no servants to light them, even if there had been.

jeffrey reached the fifth floor and began walking down the dark hallway.

how peaceful it was ! there was no sound, except for the barely perceptible ones of the huge spiders spinning their white and grey webs…

but there was nothing for it, the musgraves had to be “entertained”, so with a sigh jeffrey continued on his way to the back room.

but when he reached it and opened the closet door, he heard a voice, an all too familiar voice behind him…

the giant snail!

and of course it would be peevish, and want to talk interminably about the old days, before the war…

Thursday, June 8, 2017

the ogre, the tailor, and the minstrel

once upon a time there was an ogre.

the ogre set up shop outside a village, and began systematically kidnapping and devouring its inhabitants, one by one.

the strongest men in the village, including the woodcutter, the blacksmith, the sheriff, and the sergeant-at-arms, sallied forth to fight the ogre, but were quickly despatched and devoured.

a little tailor resolved to defeat the ogre. he found a stout stick and attached his tailor’s needle to it, and announced his intention to the village.

most of the villagers laughed at the tailor, although a few pious old woman told him they would pray for him.

as the sun rose in the sky, the little tailor set forth with his weapon.

what the tailor did not suspect, and what the villagers did not suspect, was that the ogre had grown weary of the village, and had decided that very morning to move on to fresh pastures.

the ogre was in the act of packing his knapsack with some of the bones of his previous victims, to gnaw on in his journey, when he saw the tailor approach.

the ogre made short work of the little tailor and devoured him in one gulp.

but the ogre was so outraged by the effrontery of the village in sending so feeble a champion against him, that he entered the village and completely ravaged and destroyed it, killing almost everyone in it.

the only survivor was a minstrel, who took to the roads, where he eked out an existence begging and singing for his bread.

among the songs the minstrel sang was the tale of the heroic little tailor, and how he slew the ogre and saved the village.


by wiggly jones "the little hippie boy"

who am i
who walks this earth

a shapeless creature
in tennis shoes

and shades
and baseball cap

and if people
passing by

could see
inside my soul

and see all
that i have thought

and done
in my life

and what dreams
still remain -

a few
might laugh

but most
would nod politely