A Spooky Valentines – A macabre poem for A Guy Called Bloke’s Challenge.

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Well, As it’s nearly halloween, I thought I would flick through my notebook to find a post from yesteryear to share with you and I found this poem that I wrote in response to a challenge set by that fantastic blogger, A Guy Called Bloke. It’s sort of appropriate for Valentines day or for Halloween… Enjoy:

Well it may be far too late now, but A Guy Called Bloke set a challenge to write a horror story (or Poem) including the following items:

Spooky Card

Rotten Heart

Carnivorous Chocolate Box

Haunted Balloons

Romantic Massacre

Voodoo Dolly

Undead Partner

Devilish Desire

See the posts here:

Valentine’s for Luvvies Challenge 2019 . 9

Valentine’s for Luvvies Challenge 2019 D9

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So here is my attempt.

A spooky card came through the door,

I opened it up and nearly swore,

It was from a man I’d thought was dead.

He should have been, I’d chopped off his head.

My undead partner will turn me insane,

It seemed he’d risen up once again,

I thought I’d driven him away.

But now he’s back on Valentine’s Day!

This time I’ll extract his rotten heart,

A romantic massacre to tear him apart,

Or else I’ll use my voodoo doll,

Or haunted balloons, I’m on a roll.

Or how about a carnivorous chocolate box?

Of failing that a dose of chicken pox?

No, I’ll overindulge my devilish desire,

And burn him satanically on the fire.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 15/February/2019

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/your-daily-word-prompt-overindulgence-february-15-2019/

Song Challenge from A guy called Bloke

Rory, who’s blog, A Guy Called Bloke, is definitely one to add if you aren’t already aware of it, has posted a challenge. (actually it’s the third one, but I’ve been a bit lax). Click on the link to take part.

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2021/07/18/song-challenge-3/

A song that you enjoy that isn’t in your own language?
Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc
A great workout/exercise/activity song?
Jump by The Pointer Sisters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyTVyCp7xrw

Although there’s something about they way they are dressed in the video that reminds me of when my Aunts used to get up and dance at a family wedding after a few glasses of wine!
A song that is almost hypnotic to listen to?
Albatross by Fleetwood Mac – (This probably works for the next question too) I find the repeating bass so hypnotic and relaxing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXeKi6ZkbOw&t=62s
A song about animals?
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgI4DdINQLQ
A really unusual song you love that isn’t well known by others?
Yma Sumac – Bo Mambo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhUBJZdL8BY

Hope you enjoyed that mix.

Do you remember? – The Snifty Sleuth challenge?

A while ago I took part in a collaboration with the great Rory of the blog A Guy Called Bloke. It was a murder mystery series where people could guess who the victim was, who the murderer was and how they did it. There was also a prize!

Well, for those of you who remember, or those that are intrigued, click on the link below to see Rory’s post.

The Day The Tin Foil Hats Broke – Revealing the truth.

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I thought it was time for another outing for this poem I wrote a while back 🙂 

 

 

 

It was something that I’d come to dread

That every thought within my head

would burst from my mouth, as it spoke,

the day the tin foil hats broke.

 

My Uncle said “What is it son?”

For I had turned quite pale and wan,

my face was screwed up really tight

while my thoughts were picked up by satellite.

 

“My tin foil hat has broken!” I cried

My Uncle just looked smug and sighed

“Well, Nephew I wouldn’t worry a jot,

with your brain, it’s not going to reveal a lot”.

 

I had a longing for something that

would keep my thoughts under my hat

My tangled mind, tortured and petty

had spilled its contents like boiling spaghetti.

 

A tangled jungle of vine and fern,

revealed that I had failed to learn,

my head was empty of meaningful things

but I knew by heart the Lord of the Rings.

 

Like a boiled egg, my mind was bare

without any useful facts in there,

My Uncle said “Now you have a mission

“you should become a politician”

 

But still I worried, how could that fly?

When I couldn’t ever tell a lie.

but thankfully, and rather shocking,

a new foil hat was in my Christmas Stocking.

 

This poem was written for A Guy Called Blokes Challenge, see here:

What’s My Story Then #3

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/rdp-saturday-egg/

https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/satelite/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/longing/

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/three-things-challenge-pl65/

Today’s prompt: nephew, fern, spaghetti

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/07/06/worry/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Blogger Award Nomination

 

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  5. Give them 10 new questions to answer.

I would like to thank Rory, A Guy Called Bloke who nominated me for this award, or Gifted as he likes to call it.

He is a brilliantly diverse and inspiring blogger and I recommend you take a look at his blog straight away. Click on the link below to see his post:

Awesome Blogger Award

 

So Rory asked 5 questions:

 

 Rory’s Five questions
1) What is your wierdest daily habit or ritual?
2) Which ancient or futuristic civilisation would you prefer to be living in NOW and why?
3) Back in the days when you were in your teens which band was your complete ‘go to band’ for entertainment and the one that your life resonated with the most?
4) Of all your personality traits and attributes which three are the most beneficial to you as a blogger?
5) Can you see anything else other than people?

 

My answers:

  1. I’ve thought long and hard about what my weirdest habit is…Pushing the snooze button three times before getting up maybe, is that weird? Or Singing in the shower? Saying good morning and good night to my pet chickens, is that weird?
  2. If I could create my own futuristic civilisation, a utopia of which I am supreme leader, then I’d prefer that. I wouldn’t mind living in Elizabethan England and watching a Shakespeare play, but as long as I could be fairly well off. It would be interesting being a Patrician in ancient Rome, maybe hearing a speech by Cicero…I think one thing is clear, if I can be wealthy or powerful then I’d like it, if not, then I’d rather stay here. I may not be wealthy I’m grateful that I’ve got what I have.
  3. I never had a go to band. I liked Classical music or the music of Glenn Miller and the big bands. I did like bands like Queen and Blondie but not to the point where I wanted to emulate them.
  4. I would say, Imagination, Enthusiasm and a sense of humour are my three most beneficial traits. I don’t know if that comes across in my writing…
  5. I can see animals and nature. I’ve never seen anything supernatural, but I feel things sometimes.

 

My Questions:

  1. What would you like to see on tomorrow mornings newspaper headlines?
  2. What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?
  3. What song always makes you smile?
  4. What television programme would you love to see back on the airwaves?
  5. Have you ever played a practical joke on someone?

My Nominations

So, there are lots of people out there I would like to nominate, but I have always had an anxiety attack about whether people are too busy, or sick of doing these things or have already stated that they don’t do awards and I have foolishly missed it, so in order to bypass that whole stressful scenario, I am going to nominate anyone of you who reads this and wants to have a go.

The Dating Scene – A poem about a blind date, for A Guy Called Bloke’s Valentine Day challenge.

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A Guy Called Bloke has thrown down the gauntlet to write a story or a poem with a Valentine’s day theme. Click on the link to see his post:

Valentine’s Day Competition! 2020

 

Here is my poem:

 

I was desperate, I admit, it’s true

That’s why I agreed to meet with you,

It was Valentine’s day and not wishing to be unkind,

I wouldn’t normally choose to go on a date that’s blind.

Neither of us knew quite what to expect,

But you’re not my type, no disrespect.

You see, what I’m after, and no doubt so are you,

Is someone taller, good looking and twenty-two.

I suppose we’re both just too much the same,

two disappointed searchers, it’s such a shame.

It’s been a nice evening, not bad, alright

not absolutely a wasted night.

Sorry, what’s that you said? You’ll pay the check?

With your gold diner’s card? Just wait a sec.

Maybe, after all, this has been my fate?

Would you like to go on a second date?

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14th February 2020

A Valentine’s Revelation. – A Poem.

A Guy Called Bloke has set a challenge, to write a story or poem about a Valentine’s day card and a Cherub. Here is the post if you like to have a go:

Valentine’s for Luvvies Challenge 2019 . 1

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Well, I don’t believe in Valentine’s day. I think it is a load of commercial rubbish. I won’t be taking part in it at all. Love is for 365 days a year not just for Valentine’s day. But I just can’t resist a challenge from that Guy Called Bloke, so here is a poem that should tug at the old heartstrings, and meet the requirements of the prompt. 🙂

 

A Valentine’s Revelation

He vowed never to send a Valentine’s card,

it was something he just wouldn’t start.

He was clear from the beginning

to his love, who was willing,

to accept that she never get a red paper heart.

 

No Red roses despatched by courier mail,

On a cold wintry February day.

No chocolates in boxes

or cuddly toy foxes,

He’d made positively clear it just wasn’t his way.

 

Then he gazed down at the present she’d made him,

at the cot and the cherub inside,

He admitted that here,

was a love gift, most dear,

With this valentines present, he’s so happy, he cried.

 

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 07/February/2019

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/revelation/

 

 

 

 

 

Pop of Positivity – Animal Magic

I have been tagged by my good pal, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, in this great challenge.

Click on the link below to see Rory’s Post:

PoP – Goes the weasle … maybe not, but!

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My good friend, Beckie, of Beckies Mental Mess, is the originator of this particular challenge, so here is her post and how she described the challenge:

“POP!” Pop of Positivity Share #6 Theme: Funny Scenes From a Movie of Animals or Humans Acting Like Animals

 

“What is “Pop!” – Pop of Positivity?”

“Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There’s a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day.  Taking time away from thinking about the negative and switch gears and think of the positive.  Perhaps,  we can all share some smiles along the way too.

Guidelines

Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).

I will, therefore, Tag Two Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.

You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: A Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).

You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.

 

Topic or Theme: Funny Movie Scenes of Animals or People Acting Like Animals 

 

So, here we go:

  1. Ylvis – The Fox (what does the fox say?)

 

2) Here is a scene from one of my favourite films as a child, Willow, where the evil queen Bathmorda (played by the wonderful Jean Marsh) turns the enemy forces into pigs. Gosh, I wish I had that power! Apparently, Val Kilmer was already a pig before the transformation…

 

3) Here are some animated animals, Ostriches dancing to the Dance of the Hours, courtesy of Disney’s Fantasia.

 

I hope you enjoyed that.

 

If you want to have a go, please consider yourself nominated. 🙂

Scene Cuts – A Comedy Selection.

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I have been tagged by my Pal, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess, to take part in this fun challenge, click on the link to see her post:

Scene Cuts ~ Comedy

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, created this game, so I’d like to thank Beckie for tagging me and Rory for creating it. 🙂

 

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Scene Cuts created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, l will pick a Film Genre, post three film clips and tag three readers who in turn will post three film clips on the chosen film genre and tag 3 of their own readers.

Guidelines: Scene Cuts!

Thank the Selector 

Select three film clips

Select 3 readers to take part in Scene Cuts

 

So, the Genre is Comedy and as many of you will know, I have a love for old films, so my first clip is from an old British comedy, called Blithe Spirit, based on a play by Noel Coward.

 

For my second choice is another British institution, the Carry On films, and a clip from one of my favourites, Carry On Cleo, which was a parody of Cleopatra.

 

And finally, the Steve Martin film, The Man with Two Brains.

 

I hope you enjoyed those clips. 🙂

Tell the Story Challenge – Reaching Out – A macabre poem.

I’ve been tagged in a Tell the Story Challenge by my Pal, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, click on the link to his post:

Tell The Story Challenge – Don’t Look …

 

He has given me this picture and asked me to write a story or poem: Well here goes.

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Looking down from the gallery

At the very top of the stairs,

I catch a glimpse of Cousin Valerie,

Sneaking up on me, unawares.

I was shocked to see her standing there,

Shocked and stunned, it has to be said,

Because it was like some dark nightmare,

Cousin Valerie was very dead.

Yet here she was reaching out to me,

A feverish look in her pale blue eyes

Eyes that were glassy and could not see,

Yet full of hateful malice and unsaid why’s.

I didn’t cry or shed one tear,

I didn’t try to run away,

I stood my ground without a fear,

I’d killed her already once, that day.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/gallery/

 

Here is a picture of Berry Pomeroy castle ruins (one of the most haunted places in Britain, apparently)

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If you want to write something inspires by this picture, please be my guest. 🙂