Ghostly Poverty

Posted by Anthony North on May 26, 2013

Polly Ticks says … £2bn spent on rooms for UK homeless due to rising rent, lull in building, & benefit cuts just begun. This govt spends fortune making poverty.
My Politics page

Major de Ranger says … The politics of the Woolwich murder are still vague but 2 points: terrorists never act for a God-form; & a brave mother faced a killer down.
My Warfare page

Guru Tony says … Study shows 60% of animal, bird, insect, fish & plant species in the UK are in serious decline. We allow such damage to nature at our peril.
My Environment page

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Gossamer thin ghost
The veil descends at night time
He missed her so much
***
BEAST: He still saw a man in his
reflection. Yet the body of his victim
said otherwise. The beast within
always fools its host.
***
Jekyll’s dilemma
His potion not needed now
He was of two minds

ANSWER: As he saw the ghost, he
wondered: do they have brains? He was
answered as the spirit possessed him
and replied: ‘Yes. When we need one.’

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Taboo – custom prohibiting a practice. Could be essential, cultural or political, so can so easily be form of control or persecution.
Taste – in aesthetics, a preferred choice. When expressed culturally by a hierarchy, usually a guide to what isn’t.
Tax – money taken from citizens to fund services; which are ideology based rather than people centred – therefore, political levy.


Harry Fang says:

WEAK: As a vampire I am weakest when
I crave … what? Hot; drained of blood.
Memories of when I lived drive me mad
when I smell a bacon sandwich.
***
BLATANT STATUE: All shook up the
jailhouse rock Elvis had a wooden heart.
Suspicious minds said the devil in disguise
did it. So blatantly lonesome tonight.
***
ECTOPLASM: The ghost’s 1st attempt
seemed more like a swirling ponytail than
a haunting. And the 2nd ghost knew too
well what was behind a pony’s tail.

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81 Comments

  1. Suzy said on May 26, 2013

    I can’t help loving Harry Fang’s Blatant Statue. Brilliant.

  2. mindlovemisery said on May 26, 2013

    I loved loved The Mummy section brilliant work. Breaks my heart to think of what we are doing to the planet, those statistic ouch

  3. GILLENA COX said on May 26, 2013

    a happy Sunday to you;Harry Fangs response to OSI – prompt ‘weak’ made me laugh

    much love…

  4. laura Hegfield said on May 26, 2013

    I too am drawn to the Mummy offerings this week…well done… you always make us think and feel!

  5. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Suzy, many thanks for those kind words.

    Hi mindlovemisery, thanks for that. yes, we’ve got to be right by nature – eventually.

    Hi Gillena, thank you. I couldn’t resist that one.

  6. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Laura, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  7. Mary said on May 26, 2013

    Sad about the animals being in serious decline. Ha, I bet that doesn’t include mosquitoes though. (THAT I could celebrate instead of mourn.)

  8. Grace said on May 26, 2013

    We do a lot of damage to nature, how sad ~

    The parts of Answer and Weak, made me smile ~

    Happy Sunday ~

  9. Sherry Blue Sky said on May 26, 2013

    Oh I applaud your words”This government spends a fortune making poverty.” It is the same here in BC. Argh.

  10. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Mary, very true. mosquitoes seem to thrive anywhere.

    Hi Grace, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Sherry Blue Sky, yes, the madness of ideology.

  11. Helen said on May 26, 2013

    Hysterical ~~ your Mag.

  12. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Helen, thanks for that. Much appreciated :-)

  13. Karen S. said on May 26, 2013

    Oh my how cool a free E book from you! Although many of my writing friends are on the fence post and I just read a comment today even where someone uses the why buy the cow when the milk is free! But if you don’t get your stuff out there sometimes folks won’t know just how great your writing is!

  14. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Karen, many thanks for that. Yes, this is how I see it – a writer is no good at all if never read. And freebies are a good way to try to get known.

  15. brian miller said on May 26, 2013

    a man of two minds…the beast within always fools its host..that is def true…man seldom sees the evil he does…

  16. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Brian, thanks for that. Yes, it certainly is … or maybe not … I’m of two minds again, I think …

  17. Audrey Howitt said on May 26, 2013

    I was drawn to Ectoplasm this week–Happy Sunday!

  18. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Audrey, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  19. viv blake said on May 26, 2013

    Anthony, I could have done without the vampire this week! (if you read my poem in the comments section, you will know why!)

    The rest of your post is brilliant! Why is it that politicians think they can spend our money more wisely than we can?

  20. Jim said on May 26, 2013

    Poor ‘weakest vampire.’ :) I never hear much of them real time, mostly just in stories. Do you think they are real?
    ..

  21. Jim said on May 26, 2013

    :) I’m really liking your rock “rock Elvis” with the wooden heart. He has his troubles.
    ..

  22. kaykuala said on May 26, 2013

    WEAK : Weak is being strong looking at red meaty stuff! Interesting Anthony!

    Hank

  23. Pat said on May 26, 2013

    Re: blatant–I chuckled all the way through this. It’s great that you were able to squeeze in six Elvis song titles or phrases!

  24. Other Mary said on May 26, 2013

    I found your warfare article quite insightful. Especially the comments on technology and warfare. The military-industrial comples (as Eisenhower called it) and also the sanitizing of mass killing.

  25. Harshad said on May 26, 2013

    Well, weak live to eat, strong eat to live! I liked your take on the prompt.

    What happens with insects, animals and other form of life is just an advance indication of what is likely to happen with us, isn’t it?

  26. Judy Sheldon-Walker said on May 26, 2013

    Blatantly lonesome – as in are you lonesome tonight?

  27. LadyInRead said on May 26, 2013

    The spirit’s answer does make me wonder – if they can have brains when they need one, then why not us:)?

  28. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Viv, thanks for that. I think it’s because they think their ideology is better than ours.

    Hi Jim, many thanks. To me, it isn’t whether they are real or not, but whether we believe they are. That’s when they’re seen,

    Hi Hank, many thanks for that.

    Hi Pat, thank you. Very kind.

  29. Anthony North said on May 26, 2013

    Hi Other Mary, many thanks. Yes, I’m sure the answer to stopping warfare is to look at the actual mechanics of it.

    Hi Harshad, yes, you’re words on the environment are very true.

    Hi Judy, indeed.

    Hi LadyInRead, why not, indeed.

  30. SueAnn said on May 27, 2013

    Enjoyed all your verbal images…fun and probing all at the same time.
    Again, another nod to “ponytails” says so much
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  31. Anthony North said on May 27, 2013

    Hi SueAnn, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  32. ninotaziz said on May 27, 2013

    Just passing through this week. I read everything, though it had a feel of horror throughout. I do not like horror, so that is a testament to your art, Anthony!

    Thank goodness for the Elvis relief.

  33. dsnake1 said on May 27, 2013

    Enjoyed the read!
    “Answer” was “enlightening” and spooky.
    “Ectoplasm” was a blast. :)

  34. Anthony North said on May 27, 2013

    Hi Ninotaziz, thanks for that. I find most people who don’t like horror don’t like gore. Neither do I, and I refuse to type with my eyes closed :-) Similarly, I don’t go too scary as I’m aware of my blog readership.

    Hi dsnake1, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  35. David King said on May 28, 2013

    Polly Tricks: no one ever said a truer word.

  36. Anthony North said on May 28, 2013

    Hi David, thanks for that. It’s pure madness.

  37. Roger Green said on May 28, 2013

    Taboos are always fascinating. Some go in and out of style, such as tattoos!

  38. Reader Wil said on May 28, 2013

    Were Hide and Jeckyll schizofrenic? Or should I say “is”H and J schizofrenic?

  39. Robyn said on May 28, 2013

    “60% of animal, bird, insect, fish & plant species” in decline – wonder what this will do to the environment? Can’t imagine it’s good!

  40. Anthony North said on May 28, 2013

    Hi Roger, yes, very true.

    Hi Reader Wil, I’m still in two minds on that one ;-)

    Hi Robyn, it certainly won’t be.

  41. brian miller said on May 28, 2013

    haha a bacon sandwich might drive me mad as well…mmm…it sounds good…and i dont even think i am a vampire…smiles….

  42. Mary said on May 28, 2013

    So true about taxes, Anthony. Not people centered, but political levy indeed!! Here the government is going to TAX airplane flights…adding to the cost of plane fare. Why? To improve runways, etc. I wonder how much of this will be used for that purpose. As if air flights were not expensive enough. So disheartening how the benevolent government operates.

  43. Leslie said on May 28, 2013

    I have no TASTE for higher TAXES and THINK THEY should be TABOO…

    Leslie
    abcw team

  44. Linda said on May 28, 2013

    You had me with “This govt spends fortune making poverty.” But then those animals in decline. Such an expressive, creative piece!

  45. ayala said on May 28, 2013

    Sad..60% is a huge decline. Interesting as always.

  46. M. J. Joachim said on May 28, 2013

    hahaha – swirling ponytail instead of a horror…

  47. Anthony North said on May 28, 2013

    Hi Brian, oh yes, those bacon sandwiches can’t be beaten.

    Hi Mary, yes, I don’t think any govt has ever really got the idea that it’s supposed to be the people in charge.

    Hi Leslie, I concur ;-)

  48. Anthony North said on May 28, 2013

    Hi Linda, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Ayala, yes, sad indeed.

    Hi MJ Joachim, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

  49. David King said on May 29, 2013

    Guru Tony: sadly, I believe that on a world-wide scale the percentage is even higher.

  50. Anthony North said on May 29, 2013

    Hi David, yes, I’d say so.

  51. Tony said on May 29, 2013

    Polly Ticks – of course many of the “private rooms” are owned by MPs and their acolytes … another way of getting rich at our expense.

    Love the Blatant Statue :-)

  52. Anthony North said on May 29, 2013

    Hi Tony, very true :-)

  53. .Anna :o] said on May 29, 2013

    Much wisdom here Anthony.

    Loved Weak! When I take up ghostly form I am certain I will suffer the same!

    Anna :o ]

  54. Anthony North said on May 29, 2013

    Hi Anna, thanks for that. You and me, both ;-)

  55. CountryDew said on May 30, 2013

    At first I thought the wooden-hearted Elvis was being hit by the devil in the blue dress … enjoyed that one very much.

  56. Alice Audrey said on May 30, 2013

    You have wildlife left?

  57. Anthony North said on May 30, 2013

    Hi Country Dew, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Alice, not much, though.

  58. Mia Celeste said on May 30, 2013

    Ha! I like Harry Fang remembering and missing bacon. What fun.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=341

  59. Tess Kincaid said on May 30, 2013

    shivers!

  60. Heather L said on May 30, 2013

    Couldn’t help growning over the Blatant Statue — good one!

  61. Anthony North said on May 30, 2013

    Hi Mia, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Tess, good shivers, I hope.

    Hi Heather, many thanks. Glad you liked it.

  62. Sue Fox said on May 31, 2013

    I identify with “Jekyll’s dilemma”, should I, shouldn’t I? ~ brilliant. x

  63. Other Mary said on May 31, 2013

    Great definition of taxes :o )

  64. Talon said on May 31, 2013

    Awww! Poor Harry Fang! The smell of bacon is enough to drive everyone crazy! :)

    Oh, it’s so sad to hear that species on this planet are at such risk. Seems we never put ourselves into the endangered category (after all, we need all this earth provides that we keep trashing) and I think, until we do, nothing will change.

  65. Cathy said on May 31, 2013

    Gossamer thin ghost
    The veil descends at night time
    He missed her so much

    Suspense mixed with romance. Very visual too! Have a grand weekend!!!

  66. magicalmysticalteacher said on May 31, 2013

    Being of two minds, was Jekyll, perhaps, a Gemini?

    Old Cat

  67. Alice Audrey said on May 31, 2013

    Between the brains of a ghost and Dr. Jekyll you’ve got me giggling.

  68. Anthony North said on May 31, 2013

    Hi Sue, many thanks. It’s hard to resist.

    Hi Other Mary, one day we might actually pay for things for us and not an elite.

    Hi Talon, you make a good point there.

    Hi Cathy, many thanks for that.

    Hi Alice, thanks for that. Glad you liked them.

  69. hedgewitch said on May 31, 2013

    He was of two minds, indeed. Loved all the wordlets of wisdom, Anthony–from silly to quite profound–you pack a lot on this page.

  70. Anthony North said on May 31, 2013

    Hi Hedgewitch, many thanks for those kind words.

  71. annie said on May 31, 2013

    I noticed this line and had to acknowledge how true it is. If poverty is the result of spending wealth, just image how much better life would be if those same resources were spent to help people learn and earn. These words re-enforce my belief that giving it away simply harms people, it doesn’t help in the long term.

    Also, sending my regrets on the death of Mr. Rigby. Such a tragic waste.

  72. Helen said on May 31, 2013

    Wise man. Love the definitions of taboo, taste and tax!

  73. Anthony North said on May 31, 2013

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, it’s a good bet.

    Hi Annie, thanks for that. A tragic waste indeed.

    Hi Helen, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  74. G-Man said on May 31, 2013

    Taboo..Taste..Tax…Terriffic Tony!!!
    Right on the money…Sonny.
    Once again a plethora of genius.
    Loved your 55
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  75. Anthony North said on May 31, 2013

    Hi G-Man, many thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.

  76. novroz said on June 1, 2013

    So many fun things to read here. The ghost’s answer for brain need cracks me up the most :)

  77. Anthony North said on June 1, 2013

    Hi Novroz, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  78. Nessa said on June 1, 2013

    I like the idea of a vampire craving bacon.

    Flash 55 – prick lee

  79. Anthony North said on June 1, 2013

    Hi Nessa, thanks for that. Those memories will filter back, I’m sure.

  80. WabiSabi said on June 2, 2013

    Always fun to visit you and today is no exception!

  81. Anthony North said on June 2, 2013

    Hi WabiSabi, many thanks for that.

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