Simply 6 Minutes – Goodbye

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This is fucked up!

Seriously, I can’t breathe and all because you are excited about having your own version of Angry Cat to show off on socials.

You used to love me.

You used to pamper me with the best titbits, quality cat treats.

I had the best seat in the house, curled in front of the fire. First dibs at your lap.

But no, now I’m a conduit to online fame. Fake friendships, fake love.

We used to celebrate a true love.

Yeah, sure I’d offer you my butt sometimes. But I’m a cat, we affect disdain.

But you knew, you knew. It was all a front.

How much is fame worth to you, woman. How much is your soul worth?

Will it be your children next? Will they have a worth measured in likes and retweets too?

You want an angry cat? You’ve got one, friend.

As soon as you’ve freed me from this corset, I’m out of here.

I’ve heard there is a world out there where people love their cats for themselves, not for what you can get out of them.

I have a heart too, wicked woman. I have a heart.

And it is broken.

The last photo you’ll have of me will look like those Lucky Cats, but I won’t be beckoning you in.

I’ll be waving you – bye bye!

And you will miss me. [231 words, 6 minutes]

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Simply 6 Minutes – Wilbur

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“In your food, Wilbur. Your face is always in your food.”

Hey, give me a break, I think. I’m a dawg.

She talks about me all the time. On the phone. To the big man, Billy.

“That dog,” she says. “He costs me a fortune. I spend more money on his food, than for the rest of this family.”

I eat too much, I’m a pig. I don’t eat enough, I’m ill. I push food around in my bowl. Apparently, I’m fussy.

“It’s like having another kid in the house,” she says. “I’m always worrying.”

Well, don’t worry, I think to myself. You need to enjoy life more, you know. Like dawgs do.

It’s that time of year when all the talk in the house is about Halloween.

“It’s coming soon,” say the kids. “MUM, will you make me a costume?”

They’re as excited as puppies and mum is as tired as an old bitch whose tits are stretched to the max.

You want to comment on my eating habits, I think. Well, I’ve the best idea for a costume. Ironical, I think you’d call it.

I’m gonna join in. I’m part of the family, and this family does Halloween.

So, I spend many days nutting out the best way to nudge bread off the breakfast table without being yelled at. I need to wait for the perfect distraction.

In a comedy of errors that could only be written, it happened. Baby threw up all over Mum. Small boy banged the spoon in his bowl, sending breakfast everywhere. Big girl laughed and laughed until small boy threw his spoon at her. Too busy to notice.

I stood on my hind legs and with my wet, black nose, pushed. And a lovely, thick piece of bread fell at my feet.

Carefully (but quickly) I grabbed it with my teeth and hustled to my basket.

It was tricky. I’ve a clumsy mouth. But gently I nibbled in the right places, until I was satisfied. Then voila, I was ready for Halloween fun.

The household had calmed, baby was sleeping, small boy was building in the corner, big girl was watching cartoons. Mum stood nearby, making her second coffee of the morning. She glanced my way.

“Wilbur,” she said, she was smiling. “Your face is always in your food!” [6 minutes, 386 words]

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Simply 6 Minutes – Give it to me, Doc

Simply 6 Minutes 11Aug21

I finally decided to give up the smokes.

Doc’s been telling me, Buddy, do it for the family.

“What family,” I said. “The missus ran off with that gorilla, Brian. My girlfriend wants to move to Cleveland. I told her, she’s on her own.

“The kids are monkeys. I can’t get any sense out of them. “

Do it for yourself, he said.

“Well, mate. I’ll try.

“I’ve never felt so tired. My back hurts, the hair’s thinned out (used to be so luxurious) and I’ve greyed up so much. I used to be a rad orange! I’m just all washed out.

“Look at the wrinkles, man!”

I can put you onto a support group, give you a script for patches, the doc said.

“Well, heck,” I told him. “I can only try. Don’t know if my heart’s in it. Don’t know what I’ll replace my friend cigarillo with. But, I’ll give it my best shot, doc.”

I look around myself now, at the verdant jungle I live in. Full of life. And think, oh to be young again. [6 minutes, 179 words]

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Simply 6 Minutes – the Rascal

Simply 6 Minutes 5Jan21

I thought it was love.

He thought I was dinner.

I’d been nurturing a friendship with the little beastie for several weeks. Leaving food out, little tidbits of apple, pear and sometimes banana. Chestnuts if they were available, sometimes walnuts or brazils.

Gradually we began to move closer together until the day that I sat in the forest and he took from my hand. We kept this up for two weeks.

I would generally bring my lunch down and my sketchbook.  I’d eat and draw, and he’d sneak closer and grab whatever I’d left down. This would happen several times over a couple of hours.

The day came when he climbed into my lap and then the day that after eating out of my hand, in my lap he stayed for a nap. We were buddies. We were pals.

Then I thought this was going so well, I’d try offering from my own mouth. He wasn’t too sure about that one. He wasn’t confident about being on his hind legs reaching up to my face. He’d try but get shy about it and wander off.

But he kept looking over his shoulder and circling. He was clearly pondering the problem.

At last, he made a decision and climbed into a tree, hanging on to a low branch. He screeched until I came over to see what he wanted. I stood there talking and trying to calm him. He kept at it, until I came closer still. I kind of got what he wanted (I thought) and put the nut between my teeth.

He quietened. Then reached slowly forward, getting closer to the nut, being held in my teeth.

Then he jumped onto my face and began biting and scratching and screeching. He held onto my nose with his tough little teeth.

I was screaming like an animal in a trap, which effectively I was. Running around and screaming and pulling the little ratfink away from my face, but he just held on. Then I grabbed a boulder.

Guess the rest! Yes, squashed little buddy and yours truly with a broken nose and bleeding face.

And I will never again trust a cute and cuddly woods creature. (6 minutes)

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Simply 6 Minutes – Strange, but true

    We are human beings, not human doings. A friend said this to me many years ago. I was bemoaning the fact that I was more of an observer, less of a participant.

    We all have a part to play, it takes all types.

    Some are exalted and fly high above the rest, draped in fine metals and materials, imbibing only the finest ingredients.

    The rest of us struggle along, day by trundling day. Middling awareness, most of us, finding joy where we can.

    Some drag knuckles even lower still, oblivious to what they’re missing, because the struggle is real, and the prize is survival.

    No time to play. Nor luxury to observe. Human beings in a very real sense

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    Simpy 6 Minutes – Reflection

    Six Minute Challenge 9Dec20

    It is hard for anybody to bring up my past when I don’t stand still long enough for them to know me.

    I can be whoever I want to be for a period of time, and that is who they know.

    The last town I lived in; I was a bitch. Calculating, notoriously stingy, backstabbing, totally about me.

    I arrived there on a stinking hot summer day and I was cranky.

    The first unfortunate I had to deal with was a hotel clerk, who got a mouthful. She took too long, the cost was too high, the room was crap. It went on and on, and for the week that I stayed, that poor gal must have trembled in her sneakers to see me coming.

    The cleaners felt it. I’d leave snarky notes.

    The realtors bore witness to my nastiness as I wore them down with demands.

    The car hire service, phew they’d had enough. They practised good customer service all through my tirades about the fuel economy, the too strong air freshener, the recalcitrant GPS device, in an effort to reduce the end fee.

    And so, as the first people I met thought this was me, word got out and I began to live it. Why not? Who cared? Nobody knew the real me, and it was an experience.

    People in this town have seen the better, trustworthy person that I am.

    I look back on the past couple of years and can’t believe that I let that person be on a whim.

    It could be exhilarating. It was exhausting. It was downright unkind.

    And now there’s a generation of people who will say, “Remember that BIATCH?”

    They think they’re talking about me, but they are not. (6 minutes, 288 words)

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    Simply 6 Minutes – Waspish

    6 minute challenge WASP 29Sept

    I’ve never seen a wasp so black
    Or poking around in holes like that
    The kind that I expect to see
    Hang out on my verandah

    I think they’re called paper wasps
    In general, they’re a friendly lot
    I’ve always thought if I ignore them
    They won’t attack, and we’ll be friends

    But then …
    One day, I was relaxed, just standing at the door
    And felt a stab, the pain expanding
    I bounced around, screeching; crying

    The plumber who was doing a job
    Came running as he heard me sob
    And as he tried to calm me down
    His buddy yelled ‘I’ve been stung!’

    He swore, I moaned, we jumped around
    We tried to grab at spots that hurt
    The plumber’s mate, just stood and grinned
    I yelled at him “Check under my shirt!”
    (I was half undressed, by this point)

    In my urgent need to be rescued
    I’d lost all modesty, middle of the garden; near to naked!
    Those wasps are not my friends.
    And I’ll never ignore them again. (172 words, 6 minutes)

     

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    Simply 6 Minutes – Quelle Horreur

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    Simply 6 Minutes – 22Sept2020

    Nausea rises!

    It does not compute that I am back in a school gym.

    All those years of forced comradery. Forced athleticism.

    I was no kind of gym junkie. Jock. Cheerleader.

    Get me out of here, was top of my playlist.

    The smell as you enter so reluctantly, brings it all back.

    Gym sweat, gym gear, peer crushing, humiliation, bullying.

    Not for me memories of past triumphs. Game night. Winners!

    For me it is the little guy, the loser, the nerd.

    Now as a parent, I find myself here with forced smile and bonhomie.

    Supporting a child who also does not fit. Who does not want to be here.

    I feel huge guilt and pressure. As a parent, I need to encourage team spirit. Love of the game.

    As a person, I hate it all. I need to take my son’s hand and walk away. From the expectation.

    What’s wrong with loving your own company, reading, gaming, talking long walks in the country.

    In the name of ‘team’ we ask for ‘sheep’ ‘same’ ‘blend’ ‘belong’ – internally, I cry ‘ONE’ ‘ME’ ‘ALONE’.

    How much of this do I reflect back onto my child. How much of it is his own identity?

    I don’t  know, but I don’t think I assume and turn that pressure onto him.

    I think he’s his own person – and I encourage that.

    Then I get the summons. Game night. Assembly. Presentation night.

    And numbly we enter, dragging our feet, heads down, breath held.

    And into the dark past we trudge.

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    Simply 6 Minutes – Trevor

    My contribution to #simply-6-minutes for this week, Tuesday 1 September 2020.

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    Lizard, by Stine Writing

    This is randomly different!
    The sound of this beast is familiar, even comforting.
    The feel of the beast, the deep rumble is also a constant.
    But something has changed!

    Normally I travel in the plastic box, with the lid of holes.
    Down deep in the darkness of Simon’s schoolbag.
    I see light only in three places; between house and car, car to classroom – and in the canteen where Simon takes me out to play with his friends.

    They call me Joe.
    The name I call myself is Trevor!
    But, I’ll answer to Joe in the small ways that I can.
    I don’t run away and tolerate them handling me and nibble on the scraps they drop into my box.

    The children are delighted.
    I am tolerant, but bored.
    BUT this new adventure is excellent!
    This strange new world zooming past.

    How glad I am of the strength of my pads
    How they glue to this cool surface.
    I feel the rumble; it is strong.
    But so am I. (169 words, 6 minutes)

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    Simply 6 Minutes – Escape

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    There is only one way
    To escape this cell
    These planks of pain
    Their own form of hell

    The light beckons
    But the light kills
    Many have risked
    Its radiant kiss

    It sloughs off skin
    Melts through flesh
    Inhales each scream
    As limbs fall away

    Like a helpless babe
    You cry and crawl
    There is no escape
    Passed that white maw

    Too late one sees
    The rot that seeps
    At the edge of light
    Sucking greedily

    There is only one way
    Only this chance
    That traffic through agony
    One person will advance

    But will it be me?
    There is only one way.

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