50 Word Thursday – Yearning for Solidity.

This poem was written for the 50 Word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith. see her post here:


Here is the picture:

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and here are the words:

and ne’er was a creature so true and so loyal
Dav Pilkey, God Bless the Gargoyles

Yearning for Solidity

It sits atop its castle walls,
lingering smiles on granite lips.
Bare and prone to whatever falls,
from pigeon’s droppings to rain drop drips.

Baked by summer’s sunshine rays
it never complains or makes demands
Without compromise or need of praise
enjoying the view that it commands.

It’s solid truth; accepted fact
That patience is a virtuous act,
and ne’er was a creature so true and loyal
as the silent, stately granite gargoyle.

I wish I could return to my youth,
Before I made a mistake and wed,
That flawed creature, a male, forsooth,
And married a noble gargoyle instead.

[100 Words]

copyright: Kristian Fogarty 18/April/2019

I have also included the following word prompts:


FOWC with Fandango — Prone




50 Word Thursday #62 – Whispering at the Sun



‘ “Take me with you,” She whispers at the window.’ – Kate Racculia – Bellweather Rhapsody


Sitting in her parlour, in the same cottage she’d grown up in over half a century ago, in another age, another time, Angela feels rather forlorn. The house reminds her of her Mother and Father, both long dead. Her brother, David, killed in a car accident when he was Nineteen, the marks on the wall to show how fast he was growing were still there in the hall. Her life was rather placid, no wild adventures, no crisis from which she could emerge a stronger person.

Hers was a life no one would ever have written about in a story.

The sun gradually descended towards the horizon, the sunshine gently diminishing.

“Take me with you”, she whispers at the window.

Ignoring her plaintive request, the sun passes nonchalantly on and the street lamps outside light up, signally the start of the evening. Another evening alone with her thoughts and regrets.

[150 Words]


This story was written for the 50 word Thursday challenge this week hosted by Deb Whittam, click on the link to see her post:



I have also included the following word prompts:





Pop the Positive – Time to be Happy

man sitting on edge facing sunset
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I have been nominated for this challenge by Melanie Bee Cee of Sparksfromacombustiblemind.


The challenge was initiated by my Pal Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.

“Pop of Positivity” aka “POP!” Debut and Test Run: Time To Be Happy


Beckie states:

“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 is 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 from thinking negatively for a moment out of their day.  Perhaps, share some smiles along the way too.


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

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

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

  4. Please create a ping-back to the original post (Beckie’s), as well as notifying your tagged bloggers that you have selected them.

Fairly easy, right?  Let’s say we give this a shot, okay?

Topic: Time To Be Happy”


So here I go:

“There isn’t much more positive than watching the Sunrise on a brand new day, feeling like there is a world of opportunity out there ready and waiting for you to grab it.”


You could be positive about winning the lottery….

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But watching my chickens pecking around my garden gives me more pleasure than Gold.



Enjoying all the plants and flowers in my garden, that always puts me in a positive mood. IMG_3724

Of course, a bit of meditation is always nice….

man wearing white tank top praying
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But I find dancing around to cheesy music gives me a lift (even if the pictures blurry).


Maybe I should relax more and do a bit of Yoga on the beach….

man posing on sea shore during daytime
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But then again, maybe not. I’ll just enjoy staring at this picture of a sunflower instead. 😉

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So, if you fancy taking up the baton and sharing some pictures of what makes you feel happy and positive, then please go right ahead.



Life’s Compromise – A multiple Word prompt poem.

man sitting on edge facing sunset
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FOWC with Fandango — Prone


I’m prone to reminisce

about bygone days spent

in rapturous bliss

as sunshine bathed

my youthful face

Those days are gone,

That time, that place.

And now the truth

Appears before my eyes,

Life is just one big compromise.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 18/April/2019

Tell the Story – A Hidden Opportunity.

tell the story beach palm tree

Dr Tanya tagged me yesterday in this Tell the Story Challenge:


Written for Tell the Story, a writing prompt initiated by The Eclectic Contrarian.

Rory, of A Guy Called Bloke tagged Sadje.

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel was tagged by Sadje of Keep It Alive, you can read her story here.

And Dr Tanya tagged me with this sunny picture above. So here we go.


It’s a popular spot nowadays. People come here for their summer holidays. The sun, sea, sand and palm trees are just what they seem to want now. They fly in on big aeroplanes or sometimes come on huge cruise ships. Much bigger than the ships that I used to sail on, back in my day.

I suppose it is a beautiful spot. The sand connects two islands and is underwater at high tide. Of course, back in my day, it was a very lonely spot of beach. The only ships that came here were Pirate ships taking shelter from the storms. It wasn’t a common spot even then. Far from the main haunts. Now it’s positively packed with people. Whole families and their kids come here to paddle in the sea. They don’t see me of course. No one can.

I’m just a relic from the past. My bones are buried here and I’ve been here for centuries, just staring out to sea. It was a tradition of Pirate captains, to bury someone with their treasure so their ghost will protect it from anyone who comes looking for it. There was also the added factor that once that blaggard, Captain Blackbeard had me dig the hole, by shooting me in the head, no one else would know where he buried it. An onerous job, digging that hole, with nothing but a bullet for my reward.

I had my revenge though. Blackbeard didn’t outlive me long, and no one knows that just buried six feet beneath their feet lies my rotted corpse and an old wooden chest filled with Spanish gold doubloons. What a hidden opportunity just waiting to be found.

One day.


So now it’s my turn to pass the challenge on.

Here is the picture:


I choose:

The Dark Netizen


Laura of Lauravent69

Laugh for the Day-Sassy!


Thought for Change.



If you don’t fancy taking part, then that’s fine, but if you’re up for the challenge, Have Fun,

and Thank you, Dr Tanya, for thinking of me.


FOWC with Fandango — Onerous



One of my ‘Happy’ Songs.

I have a playlist on my Ipod – [those of you who know how much a technophobe I am may be surprised to learn that I have an Ipod, but I love my music]– that I use if ever I am feeling down. It is my happy play list. I have friends that when they feel depressed or melancholy they like to revel in it and play stuff like R.E.M ‘everybody hurts’. Personally I want to get out of that mood as soon as possible.

I thought I would share with you some of my Happy Songs.

Here is one that is a real mood changer for me. It’s upbeat rhythm, melody and lyrics is guaranteed to put a spring in my step and a smile on my face.

And on a similar theme there’s this song. The lyrics aren’t as upbeat by the melody is.


Both songs start “I woke up this morning” well that is something to be grateful for.

My wise words of the day 😉


Have a lovely day.



FOWC with Fandango — Wise