Flash Fiction #104


PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields


He said
She said
They both lied

Deleted emails
Mexican wall

Polarised positions
Confrontation, not co-operation

Donald hates Muslims
Hillary loves photo-ops

Gunfire in the streets
Politicians in public washrooms

Clinton’s no lady
Trump’s an egomaniac

NRA and oil pipelines
Freedom and fairness
sacrificed to political expedience

Democracy’s dilemma decision
between bad and worse
No ‘leaders’, only selfish pedagogues

No discussion, only entrenched positions
Nobody’s right, when everybody’s wrong

Aching ears from raddled rhetoric
Public apathy – or anger

Make it stop
Please, make it stop!


Does Lady Liberty look like She’s hitchhiking?? Her tablet reads “Canada – or Bust”   😳


You can click on ‘Nobody’s right,’ above, to hear The Buffalo Springfield, from 1967, tell you how nothing really has changed, except maybe got a little worse.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #104

  1. Jan Brown says:

    Yes, she may indeed be hitchhiking! 😄


  2. Dan Antion says:

    When I saw the underlined text, I thought: “I hope that’s a link to “For What It’s Worth” – thanks.


  3. shimoniac says:

    For American voters a choice between bad and worse is something they can only hope for. In this case it’s a choice between worse and OMG.

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  4. Aching ears from raddled rhetoric
    This line pretty much says it all.


    • Archon's Den says:

      No more great speeches like FDR’s ‘We have nothing to fear’, or JFK’s ‘Ask not what you can do.’ More like Charlie Brown’s teacher, ‘Waah, waah, waah.’
      This is going to be the looonggesst summer; and the election is still four months away. 😦


  5. BrainRants says:

    Every four years, we pick the least-worst candidate. Sorry about that unsightly spill-over.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Oh! I thought those were Comedy Channel Specials. I keep expecting Ashton Kutcher to rip off the rubber Trump face and fake hair and yell, “America, you bin punk’d!” Never mind. 😉 😯


  6. liz young says:

    From the other side of The Pond, where we have our own political mish-mash, your words resonate.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Oh dear, yes. You folks are having your own version of ‘fun.’ Any who wish to row across, should do so without delay. We expect quite an influx of those who’ve heard The Final Trump soon. 😯


  7. michael1148humphris says:

    A clear message, well said.


    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s like the optimist who fell off the observation deck of the Empire State building. People at open windows, all the way down, heard him say, “Okay so far. Okay so far.” It will be a long fall, and a nasty bump at the bottom. 😯


  8. Dear Archon,

    I didn’t need the link to Buffalo Springfield.Now I’m humming. Well said.




  9. wmqcolby says:

    I almost wanted to sing Johnny Cash’s I’ve Been Everywhere to this thing. I was a toddler when Buffalo-Springfield came out, almost in kindergarten and I didn’t have older siblings, so …

    This was really good, Archon. I enjoyed the 60’s type feel.


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