Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

⌗WEP-IWSG Challenge, Wednesday 19th August 2020, Long Shadow, The Banker.

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Quote of the Day : 
L'humanité qui devrait avoir 6000 ans d'expérience, retombe en enfance à chaque génération.  Tristan Bernard (French playwright and novelist, 1866-1947)

Man who should have accumulated 6000 years of experience, falls back into childhood at every new generation.

It's time for another Write Edit Publish Challenge of 2020, writing on a word and picture prompt with the Insecure Writers' Support Group.
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The Banker

His long coat swishes across the macadam.
The gaslit streetlights throw the shadow
of a Stetson onto the lovers' bench.
They gaze up and see the deep scar;

it forms a curve, a coma, like a tear
frozen at the corner of his eye.
His iris is contracted as if from an intense
glare. She gasps in surprise.

They scuttle off towards the cover of the trees;
he swooshes on his way, disappears
round a brick corner. A cat shrieks
from a trash can in a dead end.

A whore whistles a walk down the alley
and smiles absently at the tall, bizarre hat
and cloaked passerby. She recoils
on glimpsing his face.

The man approaches the unlit bank;
he leans against the stone wall
and lights a cigar, pulling
his watch from his pocket. He waits.

When Mr Hacklebaum locks the side-door,
the mysterious stranger steps closer.
As they brush shoulders, the man
swipes a blade across the banker's throat.

The moon grins at the scene,
casts long shadows over the pavement,
the bench, the wood. The murderer
slunks into the night, coat flapping.

FCA 185 words.

The Third Man, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, by Carol Reed 1949   , watch here

Counterpart, TV series, 2017-19, watch here

Bole 2 Harlem, 2007 listen here

Elementary, TV series. Season 7, Episode 13,  2019, watch here

My travels this Summer

Dordogne , sunset on the meadow.

Basque Country, Hendaye. Sunrise on the Twin Rocks and the ocean

Sunrise over Leiketio, Biskaïa

Sunset over Leiketio

Sunrise over the Pyrenees, St Etienne de Baïgorry

Sunset over Les Aldudes, Pyrenees

Sunrise over the Cirque de Gavarnie, Pyrenees

Sunrise over village of Viscos, Grave de Gavarnie valley

Thats all folks. Heat wave again in Toulouse, France.


  1. The poem would be worthy of Halloween. Nicely creepy.

    We've been having a heat wave in Los Angeles as well. Using the AC far more than normal which means a big electric bill coming our way next month.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks Arlee for reading and commenting. Have you read my October WEP, Horrible Harvest ? You may enjoy it too. Heat waves in Toulouse have become a permanent ocean since June, over 40 *C in peaks. No air conditioning, only fans, strategically placed and careful management of open windows and shutters .... Preserve the planet.

  2. I like the darkness of the poem. Also, lovely photos. I see a lot of sunsets, but not many sunrises. Well, that's not entirely true, but I only see the sunrise because of insomnia, and I don't get up to photograph it! :p

    1. Thanks Shannon. Happy you enjoyed the poem. Very early bird myself, up at first light usually, camera always at hand. Wishing you an inspiring Autumn writing.

  3. Hi Susan - yes I can see ... very 'Third Man' style ... cruel - true and just enough for us to visualise scar face and wonder how many other vengeance attacks he's made.

    Loved seeing the photos of your trips too ... take care - Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary for visiting and commenting. Glad you enjoyed this piece.Happy autumn writing. Take care.


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