Perfect Family Tales And Other Trivia

The art of the short-story writer is that of the cartoonist. It is the magical craft of creating entire worlds with a few simple strokes of a pen. Tales told by an idiot? Maybe! But my tales are also a mix of reality and fantasy; truth and lies; some based on my own family; others, not. Readers must guess which characters are real; who are inventions - and who are an amalgam of both. Please draw the boundaries for yourself.

Friday, 20 March 2015

‘Hello, Dolly!’

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Stored in deep cellar, many years. Rusty, dusty, exceeding musty.

When clean, beauteous sheen, silver, black; eye-watering gleam.

Owned by one ageing poet manqué, now manky from excess hanky-panky.

Poet not for sale.

Bike, answers to name ‘Dolly’, needs much love, rub-a-dub-dub.

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My darlin’s worth can’t be placed.

Hitch ride to – er - Hitchin, Herts, meet world’s greatest baker, queen of tarts.

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Author’s Note: This piece first appeared as Goodbye, Dolly in The A3 Review, Issue 2, published by Writing,  a literary magazine that folds out like a map.

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Natalie Wood

(© Natalie Irene Wood 20 March 2015)

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