Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sowing Seeds of Unrest - A Saturday Centus


Jenny Matlock

Welcome Centusians, and all the rest of you unwashed heathen out there who have yet to discover the addictive properties inherent in writing micro-fiction each week!  Come on and give it a try if you haven't yet!  All the cool kids are doing it!

This little fictional foray of mine is for the 77th weekly installment of Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus, a challenging and inspired writing meme hosted by Ms. Jenny at her blog off on my tangent.

Each Saturday our beloved teacher, Ms. Jenny, assigns us a prompt which we must lovingly incorporate into a story or poem using only 100 additional words. There are other rules too, like no vulgarity, no pictures, no splitting the prompt and &$%# like that, but you can basically do what you want.   

Jenny and the other Centusians are a very forgiving bunch and will likely allow you to live if, for example, your word count strays outside the accepted limit.

Just to be safe I wouldn't push her on it, though.

This prompt for this week's Saturday Centus is "I planted a little story seed."  This week I attempted to write my effort in rhyme format. I have entitled it:

Sowing Seeds Of Unrest

Weary of the day’s routine, 

A break from work I sought. 

With a mind for mischief, 

I hatched an impish plot. 

I saw Britney at her desk 

Waiting for calls to come. 

A perfect subject for my ruse 

Cute, but a little dumb. 

I planted a little story seed 

Of big changes headed her way. 

With our company in crisis 

And jobs outsourced to Bombay. 

“Oh, I know! It’s tragic! 

But I’m sorry to say it’s true. 

I saw the company’s layoff list. 

One of the names was you.” 

My shock and fear turned to relief 

When the pieces fell into place. 

I suddenly knew I’d been deceived 

As a wry smile crossed her face. 

Jenny Matlock

"When somebody tells you nothing is impossible,
ask him to dribble a football."

                                                          - Anonymous  


  1. HA. Britney got your guy good!

    Great job on this poem, Tom!!


  2. "Tit for tat," as they say, Tom. Quite a catchy little rhyme. You aced this prompt!!

  3. There's a smile on my face, too. :) Very cute, my funny friend.

  4. Of course I hear Bombay can be lovely this time of year! LOL

  5. Well, most likely Bangalore or Noida is where they may go. A prank on the prankster...great one this! :)

  6. What a prose you have spun!

  7. LOL, Loved that she got him before he could get her, ha.

  8. Oh that gave me a great laugh! Well done! laurie @

  9. Yeah, some of the cute smart gals just like to play dumb. She sure fooled you.
    Very fun and clever, Tom.

  10. oh that was a wonderful take on the prompt ...I loved the twiest!

  11. Not all blondes are real.
    Not all blondes are dumb.
    Ha ha!~Ames

  12. It's neat seeing you write poetry Tom! I'm not sure why, but I can see your face getting all excited and just slamming out your little poem in a rush!

    This was a fun direction!

    Thanks for sharing it!


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