An Incident

“Tweet me not weary in this whirligig of time.” She stabbed the Styrofoam cup with the stick end of a small American flag. “I’m homeless by design unmet by need. You need not apply.”

The politician’s flunkie grimaced. “Ma’am, we’ve been told to clear the area.”

“Nobody’s here. Starbucks brothers in the Amazon, sister’s Facebooking. Red Zone, Blue Zone, Ozone. Google it.”

“They’re armed,” he warned.

“Say, Moby Dick’s back from the dead. ‘Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy.’ Tell them Ambergris is worth a fortune.”


“Eyes and pearls. My home’s on my back. Your bones are too light. ‘From hell’s heart, I stab . . . .’”

A shot rang out. The bag lady crumpled, fell.

“’Ye damned whale’,” said the flunkie, winking at the FBI agent. “’I don’t give reasons. I give orders!’”

Written for dVerse's Prosery: Bone Weary -- 144 words utilizing 
the line: "Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy."
All other quotes are from Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

36 thoughts on “An Incident”

    1. Not easy at all, but where we have sown division we can also sow peace and compassion if the political and social will were there. More and more, it seems not. Always appreciate your comments, Dwight. Thanks!

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    1. Silencing voices, cancelling fellow citizens dooms our republic. Perhaps the story could continue another way. Thank you so much, Helen, for your kind comment. Truly appreciated. 🌷🙂


    1. I tend to agree with you, thus their inclination to suppress freedom of expression/research/artistry/speech/lifestyle; they fear what they cannot control automatically.


    1. Hard to restrain the political/media momentum towards tyranny once it’s begun, no matter who’s in power. I imagine one half of the nation will feel the force of that. (Sorry, that’s just how pessimistic I feel right now.)

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    1. Louise, thank you for your kind comments. It does seem as if humanity’s natural pull is in this direction, and we never learn from history where this leads.


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