Author: Dave Kingsbury

I'm a retired teacher who now has more time for thinking, reading, writing, making music and blogging ...

Wish For 2018

S ometimes the wellsprings of
I nspiration dry up, as when
L ack of rain in the high hills or
E lse a lowland drought turns flowing stream to swamp.
N ew Year resolve, my friends, is writ in water:
T o read your posts and write some more as well.


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Stimulus: WordPress Daily Prompt Silent


Bah Humbug!

J ingle Bells on AutoRepeat, Old Santa’s Cavern
O pens for festive fun. Your grumpy part-time elf trainees
L ine ’em up outside – a jabbering pesky playground queue who’ll
L eak all day no doubt all over you, already a-swelter in your plastic boots.
Y our practice Ho Ho Ho rings hollow through the grotto.


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Stimulus: WordPress Daily Prompt  Jolly

All At Sea: a story in 100 words

But one of us stood apart from our mad stampede towards terror, greeting each fresh outbreak of panic with a gentle smile and kindly eye.

We came to regard this saintly person as a confessor who would listen to our anguished outpourings without judgement or censure but with a sympathetic shrug or understanding nod. Few words of advice were offered. This meant any alleviation of pain must come from within.

This lesson was lost on our patient saviour who we found early one morning hanging from the yard-arm. There was no note but the message seemed clear: suffer in silence.


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Stimulus: WordPress Daily Prompt Saintly

Light Show

T he glass is dark and
E verything still to play for.
N othing is settled.
T ell those who say we are helpless before
E conomics or
R eligion that we will no longer
H azard our beauteous world
O n blind throws of loaded dice
O r bent theologies of personal salvation.
K ick off the ties that bind you to yourself.
S o much depends upon your breaking free.

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Stimulus: WordPress Daily Prompt Tenterhooks


Z eitgeist Monitors stationed
O n the third planet report a disturbing displacement
O f natural realities by seductive virtual facsimiles.



An acrostic poem suggested by the WordPress Daily Prompt Zoo and in response to an uneasy feeling that we may be lost in a collective trance of our own devising. At first I thought it was just me but The Who also appear to have noticed something strange …


When The Monkey Rules: a story in 100 words

Movement between classes had slowed to a crawl. Students arriving late meant lessons got underway erratically and sometimes never got going at all.

The obvious cause was uninspiring teaching of dull syllabuses imposed from above but the new Principal felt reluctant to open that particular can of worms. Besides, his background as a work-study expert suggested a more mechanical solution.

Noting where bottlenecks impeded student flow, he introduced a strict one-way system.

Arrows indicated approved directions of travel. Staff neglected lesson preparation to patrol the corridors and enforce compliance. Kids could circulate for hours, learning only how to follow orders.


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Stimulus: WordPress Daily Prompt One-Way

Match Point

U rged on by the crowd, she found 
N ew courage: a close-fought contest their one 
D esire, with glory shared all round and
E veryone a winner. Her sole advantage was surprise, bringing
R oars of admiration for each passing shot and gasps of
D elight at every brave escape against the
O dds. And afterwards they graced her with the warmer applause,
G lad though they were that the best woman won.

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Stimulus: WordPress Daily Prompt Underdog