Somewhere, On Any Given Weekend

The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #225

silent, left, seven, freeze, scramble, nameless,
looks, brim, peck, scrape, dish, laugh

Sunday’s Whirligig: Wordle #33

tongue, fingernail, flare, friends, poor, window,
shack, round, smoke, war, overalls, grimy

Poets United: Poetry Pantry #278


Somewhere, On Any Given Weekend

Seven friends sit round smoky campfire
in grimy overalls, pecking and scraping
fish scales from pants with dirty fingernails.

In flickering flare, one points to smeared window
of shack they affectionately call The War Room,
rather than leaving it nameless. “You know,

some of us poor slobs are gonna have to scramble
up there and clean that brimming mess we left,
maybe even wash some of those dishes.”

After a moment of silence, another sticks out
tongue, looks at speaker, laughs and says, “Nah.
We’ll just do what we did last time. Play cards,

and the biggest loser wins that privilege.”

Elizabeth Crawford  11/15/15

Notes: Purely fictional, although my father was given to telling stories about the male gatherings at an uncle’s cabin. Of course, I was not allowed on those occasions. Used all but one of the words. Image is a photo I took last summer at a nearby park. One of my favorite places to spend leisure time.

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16 Responses to Somewhere, On Any Given Weekend

  1. oldegg says:

    No use having a shack unless you can unwind and relax then make rules about who does the work! Been there and done that!


  2. thotpurge says:

    Think they’re having fun… Lots of time for the dishes later!!!!


  3. Jae Rose says:

    I love this look into man world! On any given night people aren’t so different one really wants to do the dishes, walk the dog in the rain, take the bins out and yet it is the tick-tock of life..and i am sure we would miss it if it stopped beating


  4. Ha, this sounds like a bunch of bachelors… Otherwise there would be a wife to rely on…


  5. Mary says:

    This made me smile! I like their way of handling the dirty dishes. The technique makes sense to me.


  6. Sounds like a wonderful time where time is suspended and they live in the moment…love how they settled the duty of chores.


  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a delightful read 🙂 brought a huge smile on my face.


  8. This time, I tried your way, and tried to put everything together. Love this story, even if you don’t remember your Father telling this tale, or maybe…..he did?


  9. Sherry Marr says:

    This tale made me smile, sounds like a manly way of dealing with dirty dishes, LOL.


  10. worthy note,
    glad that you brew it slowly and I am no out of breath.


  11. totomai says:

    Oh my this is very familiar haha. These are the moments that one enjoys to relive until old age. Thanks for this Elizabeth.


  12. kaykuala h says:

    A card game provides easy enjoyment and fair process of selecting a ‘winner’ That is if money is not involved.



  13. Love this. My dad had tales like this also. Fond remembrances!


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